New Nonfiction Books

New Nonfiction Books October 17, 2017

These are the best new nonfiction books coming out on Tuesday October 17, 2017.

If you are interested in technology, politics, nature, science, entrepreneurship, biography and startups, check out these great new releases.

I’m especially excited for Walter Isaacson’s latest biography and Eric Ries’ latest work.

Come back next week for the best nonfiction books coming out then.

1. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything – Kelly Weinersmith & Zach Weinersmith

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies — from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing

2. Democracy and Its Crisis – A. C. Grayling

Prompted by the EU referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the USA, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why, crucially, it matters.

3. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds: Alan Jacobs

How to Think is a contrarian treatise on why we’re not as good at thinking as we assume—but how recovering this lost art can rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life.

4. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West – Nate Blakeslee

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

5. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery – Scott Kelly

A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys that preceded it, and of his colorful and inspirational formative years.

6. The Kinfolk Entrepreneur: Ideas for Meaningful Work – Nathan Williams

In The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, author Nathan Williams introduces readers to 40 creative business owners around the globe, offering an inspiring, in-depth look behind the scenes of their lives and their companies.

7. Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen – Steve Sims

The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once in a lifetime events happen for the rich and famous reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen.

8. Ready, Fire, Aim: How I Turned a Hobby Into an Empire – Melissa Carbone

Entrepreneur Melissa Carbone scares people for a living—and she does it so well, she has her market cornered.

9. Leonardo da Vinci – Walter Isaacson

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

10. The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth – Eric Ries

Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup, Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses of all kinds, ranging from established companies to early-stage startups, to grow revenues, drive innovation, and transform themselves into truly modern organizations, poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the twenty-first century.

New Nonfiction Books

New Nonfiction Books October 10, 2017

Here are the top new nonfiction books coming out on October 10, 2017.

If you have an interest in creativity, biography, true crime, popular science, politics, success, coding, technology, relationships and personal relationships, you will find something in today’s book releases.

Look for another post on Tuesday, October 17, for the new nonfiction releases dropping then.


1. The Runaway Species: How human creativity remakes the world – David Eagleman & Anthony Brandt

The Runaway Species is a deep-dive into the creative mind, a celebration of the human spirit, and a vision of how we can improve our future by understanding and embracing our ability to innovate. Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman seek to answer the question: what lies at the heart of humanity’s ability―and drive―to create?

2. Lou Reed: A Life – Anthony DeCurtis

As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, violated all definitions of genre while speaking to millions of fans and inspiring generations of musicians.

3. Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder – Piu Eatwell

With startling new evidence, this gripping reexamination of the Black Dahlia murder offers a definitive theory of a quintessential American crime.

4. Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science – Carey Gillam

It’s the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.

5. Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together – Van Jones

A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart—by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as “a star of the 2016 campaign” (The New York Times) who coined the term “whitelash”

6. Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong – Kristen Hadeed

The inspiring, unlikely, laugh-out-loud story of how one woman learned to lead–and how she ultimately succeeded, not despite her many mistakes, but because of them.

7. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II: Liza Mundy

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking.

8. Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities – Daniel Golden

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden exposes how academia has become the center of foreign and domestic espionage—and why that is troubling news for our nation’s security.

9. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine – Anne Applebaum

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin’s greatest crimes—the consequences of which still resonate today.

10. Grant – Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

11. The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between – Abigail Marsh

How the brains of psychopaths and heroes show that humans are wired to be good.

12. Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech – Sara Wachter-Boettcher

A revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital products—and harm us all.

13. Entering StartUpLand: An Essential Guide to Finding the Right Job – Jeffrey Bussgang

Entering StartUpLand is a practical, step-by-step guide that provides an insider’s analysis of various startup roles and responsibilities–including product management, marketing, growth, and sales–to help you figure out if you want to join a startup and what to expect if you do. You’ll gain insight into how successful startups operate and learn to assess which ones you might want to join–or emulate.

14. WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us – Tim O’Reilly

WTF? can be an expression of amazement or an expression of dismay. In today’s economy, we have far too much dismay along with our amazement, and technology bears some of the blame. In this combination of memoir, business strategy guide, and call to action, Tim O’Reilly, Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual and the founder of O’Reilly Media, explores the upside and the potential downsides of today’s WTF? technologies.

15. Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography – Richard Branson

Twenty years after his iconic memoir Losing My Virginity, the world’s ultimate entrepreneur is back with the rest of the story.

16. The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity – Esther Perel

Iconic couples’ therapist and bestselling author of Mating in Captivity Esther Perel returns with a provocative look at relationships through the lens of infidelity.

New Nonfiction Books

New Nonfiction Books October 3, 2017

Here is a short list of some great nonfiction books coming out on October 3, 2017. If you are interested in politics, sports, health, biography, creativity, business history, entrepreneurship and a new book from the Heath brothers, this week does not disappoint.


Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America – Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding

Twenty-Three Leading Feminist Writers on Protest and Solidarity

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen

The visionary journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager – Ned Colletti

During his tenure with the Dodgers, Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. In The Big Chair, he lets readers in on the real GM experience from his unique vantage point—sharing the inner workings of three of the top franchises in the sport, revealing the out-of-the-headlines machinations behind the trades, the hires and the deals; how the money really works; how the decision-making really works; how much power the players really have and why—the real brass tacks of some of the most pivotal decisions made in baseball history that led to great success along with heartbreak and failure on the field.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker PhD

The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World – Eric Metaxas

On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew.

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives – Adam J. Kurtz

Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else). From the creative mind and heart of designer Adam J. Kurtz comes this upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes.

Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself – Amanda Litman

From the email marketing director of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the co-founder of Run for Something comes an essential and inspiring guide that encourages and educates young progressives to run for local office, complete with contributions from elected officials and political operatives.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President – Bandy X. Lee

More than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists offer their consensus view that Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.

Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate – Sue Scheff

A rogue tweet could bring down a business; an army of trolls can run a celebrity off-line; and virtual harassment might cause real psychological damage.

Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC – Reed Tucker

THEY ARE THE TWO TITANS OF THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY–the Coke and Pepsi of superheroes–and for more than 50 years, Marvel and DC have been locked in an epic battle for spandex supremacy. At stake is not just sales, but cultural relevancy and the hearts of millions of fans.

How the Right Lost Its Mind – Charles J. Sykes

Once at the center of the American conservative movement, bestselling author and radio host Charles Sykes is a fierce opponent of Donald Trump and the right-wing media that enabled his rise.

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death – Caitlin Doughty

The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.”

The Digital Helix: Transforming Your Organization’s DNA to Thrive in the Digital Age – Michael Gale & Chris Aarons

In The Digital Helix, authors Michael Gale and Chris Aarons explain the specifics of digitally transforming your organization– from the role of the digital-explorer leader in using information to empower the organization to move better and faster to shifts in sales, marketing, communications and leadership, product development, and service and support.

Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse, and a Hidden History of American Banking – Alice Echols

Shortfall opens with a surprise discovery in an attic—boxes filled with letters and documents hidden for more than seventy years—and launches into a fast-paced story that uncovers the dark secrets in Echols’s family—an upside-down version of the building and loan story at the center of Frank Capra’s 1946 movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times – Nancy Koehn

An enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers—including those in government, business, education, and the arts—Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive – Dorie Clark

What does it take to create the career you want? It’s no secret that the world of work has changed, and we’re shifting toward an ever more entrepreneurial, self-reliant, work-from-wherever-you-are economy. That can be a liberating force, and many professionals dream of becoming independent, whether by starting their own businesses, becoming consultants or freelancers, or developing a sideline.

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – Scott Galloway

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact – Chip Heath, Dan Heath

The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.

The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People – Dan Buettner

New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world’s happiest places—and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.