Readers, September and October are always great months for book releases, but this year’s crop of new books has been even better than most. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite nonfiction titles hitting shelves this fall. This isn’t a complete list of what’s been on my nightstand lately, but it’s a solid beginning.
I can’t wait to hear what’s on your fall reading list. Be sure to share your favorite nonfiction picks in comments.
Brené Brown's work has meant a lot to me (my favorite: Daring Greatly, and I'm so excited to have another new book in my hands. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown tackles what she calls our current spiritual crisis of disconnection. We don't know what it means to belong anymore, or why it matters, or how to experience true connection—and we are suffering for it. In her new work she sets out four practices of true belonging, explains how we can practice them in our own lives, and shares heaps of stories so we can see what they look like in practice. A timely read, and a good one. Publication date: September 12. More info →
This is my book, y'all. For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), Reading People explains the life-changing insights that can be gained from the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. Bustle featured this as one of September 2017's releases to add to your TBR list. Publication date: September 19. More info →
From the author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, a new release which is getting great press from an impressively diverse array of readers. Thinking is hard, Jacobs says, especially these days when we have an endless number of forces (social media chief among them) that actively prevent us from thinking. But all is not lost: Jacobs explores our current options, and thoughtfully prescribes what the thoughtful citizen can do to take back their mental life. Jacobs seems to have carved out an über-nerd, we-all-need-to-hear-this niche à la Cal Newport. Publication date: October 17. More info →
The author of Alexander Hamilton and Washington: A Life is back, this time with another whopping presidential biography that clocks in at 1098 pages. This exhaustive treatment of the man Chernow admiringly calls "the single most important figure behind Reconstruction" is packed with details and stories but, according to the critics, is rarely dull—despite its doorstop status. Publication date: October 10. More info →
I LOVED this book and have been waiting impatiently to share it with you! We've all had them—those memorable moments that have a disproportionate impact on our lives, the ones that proud, insightful, connected, even transcendent. The moments that we know are special, both as we experience them, and through the lens of memory, years later. In this pageturner of a business book (yep, that's a thing) the Heath brothers explain not only why those moments are so special, but how we can deliberately create more of them in our own and other people's lives. Practical and inspiring, and one of my favorite reads this year. Publication date: October 3. More info →
In 2016, Morrison delivered the Norton lectures at Harvard University about race, human nature, and other-ness. This is the book form of those addresses; because they were first delivered as lectures they are exceptionally easy to read, although the themes themselves are hard. I especially enjoyed Morrison's discussions of her own popular works, like Beloved and Paradise, and her references to authors like Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner. With a foreword by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Publication date: September 18. More info →
I'm in the middle of this one right now. This is the story of the American female code breakers whose vital work helped win World War II, but whose work has gone unsung for decades. 10,000 American women served the U.S. Army and Navy as cryptanalysists; their call to action came in the form of a letter that asked them two short questions: did they like crossword puzzles, and were they engaged to be married? A fascinating, thoroughly researched, and well-told true account. Publication date: October 10. More info →
My introduction to Deb Perelman of the fantabulous food blog smittenkitchen.com wasn't via the usual route: I found out she was speaking at my local library, a friend told me I should go, I took her advice and found Deb and warm and funny and smart, and only then did I look up her website and her first cookbook, the excellent The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I love them both, and was so excited when I found out about Smitten Kitchen Every Day. The advance copy looked fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on the finished product. Publication date: October 24. More info →
This book was a delightful surprise. In this debut, Detroit librarian Spence writes love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life and in her library's stacks. (The last 20% of the book is not letters, but the letters were my favorite part.) Imagine a younger Nancy Pearl, with a few f-bombs and a lot more snark. Don't miss the adorable hardcover version; it's a beauty and would make an excellent gift for your favorite book-lover. Publication date: September 26. More info →
What nonfiction titles have you read and loved this fall? Which ones are you most excited about reading next?