Fall Preview: 6 New Non-Fiction You Should Check Out

Welcome to the next installment of our Fall book preview.  Each installment is showcasing a few of the upcoming books we have ordered for this wonderful season.  Break out your pumpkin spice coffee, a good armchair, and a great book.  Today, we are sharing 6 upcoming books that will appeal to a lot of different readers.  We go back to the future with Michael J Fox, learn whether or not alcohol is beneficial for us according to science, a fun history of a tv game show, and more.  Check all these out later this fall at the library with your library card.

 

**Please note that 2020 has made things crazy in our world with publishing dates being changed regularly.  The dates listed below should be considered approximate.  Printing issues also result in books being delayed to bookstores and libraries.  While we strive to continually add to our collections, these dates are subject to change due to circumstances beyond library control.**

 

Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Health

David Nutt

Summary:

World-renowned authority on the science of alcohol exposes its influence on our health, mood, sleep, emotions, and productivity–and what we can and should do to moderate our intake

From after-work happy hour to a nightly glass of wine, we’re used to thinking of alcohol as a normal part of our daily lives. In Drink?, neuropharmacology professor David Nutt takes a fascinating, science-based look at drinking to unpack why we should reconsider our favorite pastime.

Using cutting-edge scientific research and years of hands-on experience in the field, Nutt delves into the long- and short-term effects of alcohol. He addresses topics such as hormones, mental health, fertility, and addiction, explaining how alcohol travels through our bodies and brains, what happens at each stage of inebriation, and how it effects us even after it leaves our systems. With accessible, easy-to-understand language, Nutt ensures that readers recognize why alcohol can have such a negative influence on our bodies and our society. In the vein of This Naked Mind, Drink? isn’t preachy; it simply gives readers clear, evidence-based facts to help them make the most informed choices about their consumption.  — Goodreads.com

Expected publication date:  December 22, 2020

 

 

 

Answers in the Form of Questions:  A Definitive History and Insider’s Guide to Jeopardy!

Claire McNear

Summary:

What is the smartest, most celebrated game show of all time?


For 36 years, Jeopardy! has been a television mainstay. In that time, it has become a deeply entrenched American tradition and the sort of cross-generational touchstone the likes of which are few and far between in pop culture.

With backstage missives and deep dives into backroom training sessions and alumni pub trivia teams, this is the book about Jeopardy!: its history and how it comes together; how the most successful players use strategy to dominate; how aspiring contestants revamp their lives to improve their chances of getting to play; the man-myth-legend that is host Alex Trebek; what life looks like after winning big on Jeopardy!; the Saturday Night Live spoofs; that time the Clue Crew almost slid off a glacier — and everything in between.

Jeopardy! has changed very little in all its years on the air, but America’s Favorite Quiz Show — it holds the trademark — now finds itself in a moment of profound transition. ANSWERS IN THE FORM OF QUESTIONS is a moment to celebrate everything that has made the show what it is today, as well as a look forward to what lies ahead.  — Goodreads.com

Expected publication date:  November 10, 2020

 

 

 

We Keep the Dead Close:  A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

Becky Cooper

Summary:

You have to remember, he reminded me, that Harvard is older than the U.S. government. You have to remember because Harvard doesn’t let you forget.

1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest; the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school; and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard’s Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment.

Forty years later, Becky Cooper a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she’d threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a “cowboy culture” among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims.

We Keep the Dead Close is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman’s past onto another’s present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history.   — Goodreads.com

Expected publication date: November 10, 2020

 

 

 

No Time Like the Future:  An Optimist Considers Mortality

Michael J Fox

Summary:

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”  — Goodreads.com

Expected publication date:  November 17, 2020

 

 

 

Just Us:  An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine

Summary:

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen changed the conversation–Just Us urges all of us into it

As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history.

Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. Rankine’s questions disrupt the false comfort of our culture’s liminal and private spaces–the airport, the theater, the dinner party, the voting booth–where neutrality and politeness live on the surface of differing commitments, beliefs, and prejudices as our public and private lives intersect.

This brilliant arrangement of essays, poems, and images includes the voices and rebuttals of others: white men in first class responding to, and with, their white male privilege; a friend’s explanation of her infuriating behavior at a play; and women confronting the political currency of dying their hair blond, all running alongside fact-checked notes and commentary that complements Rankine’s own text, complicating notions of authority and who gets the last word.

Sometimes wry, often vulnerable, and always prescient, Just Us is Rankine’s most intimate work, less interested in being right than in being true, being together.  — Goodreads.com

The library has a copy of this on order…available soon.

 

 

 

This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing

Jacqueline Winspear

Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her Kentish childhood and her family’s resilience in the face of war and privation.

After sixteen novels, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her memoir tackles such difficult, poignant, and fascinating family memories as her paternal grandfather’s shellshock, her mother’s evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father’s torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents’ years living with Romani Gypsies; and Jacqueline’s own childhood working on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception.

An eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing is the story of a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.  — Goodreads.com

Expected publication date:  November 3, 2020

 

 

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