New Non-Fiction You Won’t Want To Miss

August 23, 2010

The non-fiction area has been a little slow this summer however, there are some gems that readers won’t want to miss. Many have been reviewed in The New York Times in case you need a little extra encouragement.

Four Fish: the future of the last wild food by Paul Greenberg
From Sam Sifton’s review in The New York Times: “Greenberg, a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, has constructed a book that, even as it lays out the grim and complicated facts of common seas ravaged by separate nations, also manages to sound a few hopeful and exciting notes about the future of fish, and with it, the future of civilizations in thrall to the bounty of the sea.”

Let’s Take The Long Way Home: a memoir of friendship by Gail Caldwell
As reviewed by Julie Myerson in The New York Times: “This may be a book about death and loss, but Caldwell’s greatest achievement is to rise above all that to describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, if they wish, give back to one another: power, humor, love and self-respect.”

Packing For Mars: the curious science of life in the void by Mary Roach
From The New York Times review by M.G. Lord: “The book is an often hilarious, sometimes queasy-making catalog of the strange stuff devised to permit people to survive in an environment for which their bodies are stupendously unsuited. Roach eases us into the story, with an anecdote that reveals the cultural differences among spacefaring nations. In Japan, psychologists evaluate astronaut candidates by, among other things, their ability to fold origami cranes swiftly under stress.”

The Murder Room: the heirs of Sherlock Holmes gather to solve the world’s most perplexing cold cases by Mike Capuzzo
From Connie Fletcher’s review at Booklist: “Here is the Pickwick Club for people who study psychopaths: once a month, several forensic experts gather in a posh Victorian brownstone in downtown Philadelphia, have a sumptuous lunch, and then consider cold cases brought to them by baffled detectives. The club is called the Vidocq Society, named after the nineteenth-century French criminologist who was one of the inspirations for Sherlock Holmes. Capuzzo provides background on the founders and gives sketches of some famous cold cases the group has solved.”