Bancroft Award-winner Anne Hyde’s Trapped: The Tragic Story of Indian-White Families and What Might Have Been in the Settlement of the American West, a groundbreaking history of the mixed race communities that were the heart of the fur trade - for a time America’s central economic engine - and whose prime role in settling the West held out the hope of a nation that would be truly blended, only to be destroyed by racism and religious intolerance, then lost to history. To WW Norton.
Alison Bechdel’s next graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, about her love affair with exertion and exercise, in which her lifelong pursuit of fitness is set against the history of fitness culture in America and illuminated by texts ranging from Jane Fonda’s Workout Book to classic Buddhist works. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Atlantic correspondent, EFF Board member, and best-selling author Bruce Schneier’s The Feudal Internet, explaining that the digital revolution that empowered the masses will soon only empower governments and businesses, with everyday users having only the illusion of control. To Norton.
Marya Hornbacher’s Healing the Mind, using profiles of scientists, psychiatrists, and patients who are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of mental illness to tell the story of how disorders previously viewed as impossible to cure may not be merely manageable but healed. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Martha Nussbaum and Saul Levmore’s Aging Thoughtfully, a series of essays and dialogues in which a philosopher and a law professor reflect on the complications and pleasures of moving into a new stage of life that is often represented stereotypically. To Oxford.
PEN biography runner-up Wendy Moffat’s Wounded Minds, about the 1920s intellectual and emotional partnership of the first psychiatrist in any American army and the only New Republic war correspondent of WWI that resulted in the recognition of the trauma we now call PTSD and the establishment of mental health treatment for war veterans. To Farrar Straus.
Developmental psychologist Daniel Keating’s Born Anxious, explaining the biological roots of extreme stress, and why it is so important for parents and society to understand the mechanism by which this extreme stress biological profile can be passed down through the generations. To St. Martin’s Press.
Anthropology professor Brian Fagan’s and Archeology professor Nadia Durrani’s What We Did In Bed: A Horizontal A Little that treats the changing role of beds in our personal and professional lives. To Yale University Press
University of Pittsburgh historian Holger Hoock The Scars of Independence, a provocative new look at the American Revolution, arguing that it was not just a high-minded battle over principles, as many historians have painted it, but also a profoundly violent civil war involving rape, torture, prisoner abuse, and other atrocities. To Crown.
Sports Illustrated writer and MLB Network consultant Jay Jaffe’s The Cooperstown Casebook, using his popular and proprietary “JAWS” ranking system to present a revolutionary look at all current Hall of Famers as well as overlooked players and those up for election soon, while also providing essays that illustrate how advanced data now allows us to better compare players across eras. To St. Martin’s.
Lambda award-winning author Nicole Georges‘ new graphic memoir Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, about how caring and being cared for by her difficult dog allowed her to look inward and ultimately heal. To Houghton Mifflin.
|Best-selling author and physicist Mario Livio’s Why: A History of Curiosity that examines what drives the curious and how their curiosity shapes their lives and work. To Simon and Schuster.
Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein’s Janesville: An American Story, following three families as the GM plant that has sustained their town and their middle class lives closes and they suddenly must reinvent themselves while facing near-impossible choices and a fracturing community. To St. Martin’s.
Pulitzer finalist for nonfiction, William Hitchcock’s The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, a history of the Eisenhower years. To Simon & Schuster.
Evolutionary Behavioral Biologist Lee Dugatkin and Evolutionary Geneticist and Lead, the Fox Farm Experiment,Lyudmila Trut’s Tamed: How the Silver Fox became the Dog, and how We, Maybe, Possibly became Us, the story of the famous seventy-year Russian experiment that has changed our understanding of the evolutionary implications of domestication. To University of Chicago Press.
Jean Van’t Hul’s The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts, a project-filled book designed to inspire and guide parents and children to make celebratory crafts together, to Roost Books.
Devin Fergus’s Land of the Fee, a detailed investigation of the hidden charges buried in the fine print of all our financial transactions and amount to a secret tax that has increased economic inequality in the US. To Oxford.
Pulitzer Prize winner Debby Applegate’s That Infamous Woman Polly Adler: a story of gangsters, gamblers, and the NY literati, and how prostitution played a key role in the emergence of women in the work force, from seamstresses to starlets. To Knopf Doubleday.
Helen Zia’s Exodus, Shanghai: Fleeing Mao, Changing the World, the first history of the Shanghai diaspora at the end of the Chinese civil war and how it changed the futures of Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, and China, based on original research uncovered during her Fulbright in China. To Ballantine.
Visiting Scholar at Berkeley’s History of Science department Joshua Roebke’s The Invisible World, a sweeping historical narrative of what physicists accomplished in the twentieth century in their quest to understand the fundamental laws and fabric of the universe–and a cultural history that illuminates what that tumultuous century, in all its beauty and terror, did, in turn to them. To Farrar, Straus.
Lucy Knisley’s An Age of License, a travelogue of Knisley’s charming and romantic adventures across Europe on a quest to discover what is truly important in life, and Displacement, a travelogue about taking her elderly grandparents on a cruise, and pondering the meaning of life, while trying to hold her family together. To Fantagraphics.
Los Angeles Times science reporter Amina Khan’s Animal Genius: The Secrets of the Natural World and the Future of Innovation, an investigation into what scientists are learning from nature and how this cutting-edge research can produce remarkable, potentially world-altering results in medicine, city planning, computing, and ecology. To St. Martin’s.