14 New Nonfiction Books to Read This Summer

American explorers discovered the North Pole later than you might think. It was in 1909 that Admiral Robert Peary became the first person to raise a flag in the Arctic frost. Or was it Frederick Cook a year ago? This deeply researched new history shows what happened when the big New York newspapers of the time took sides and profited from the debate.

Vikings, June 6th

The star of Juno and Netflix’s hit sci-fi series The Umbrella Academy came out as transgender in December 2020. Before and after that is the subject of his new memoir. The Oscar-nominated actor’s story hops through time, from scenes of his childhood bullying in Nova Scotia to his later identity struggles that become increasingly unbearable as his fame rises. . Life after the transition in the public eye has brought a certain amount of intolerance and hatred, but it has also brought kindness from people’s families, fans, colleagues, and a sense of relief that they are finally more comfortable embodying Needless to say.

Flatiron, June 6

Based on his childhood in Los Angeles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist explores racism on a very personal level. When he first heard “the story,” he was six years old and wanted a water pistol toy. His mother tenderly explained the deep-rooted prejudices in how black children are viewed. There is also something painful about the cyclical nature of the story. His father, Bell, struggles with the same questions his own parents faced.

Holt, June 6

In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education ruled that public education in the United States could not be segregated on the basis of race. Two years later, Clinton High School in Tennessee became the first former Confederate school to try to comply with the ruling. Historian Rachel Louise Martin interviewed dozens of Clinton residents to create this immersive account of the ensuing riots, bombings and burnings.

Simon and Schuster, June 13th

“Pop culture shapes us. It shapes pop culture in an exhilarating feedback loop of creativity and interpretation,” says podcast host and NPR cultural critic Harris (former New York Times reporter). I am writing. She’s keenly aware of the role her music, movies, and television have played in her own life, right down to her own name.

Harper One, June 13th

In the late 1950s, a group of therapists founded the Sullivan Institute in New York City. The institute promoted free love and communal living and attracted hundreds of followers, including painter Jackson Pollock. Within a few years, however, the group had taken on the feel of a closed, hierarchical cult, with leaders overseeing even the most intimate details of the lives of its members.

Farrar, Strauss, Giroud, June 20

This is an alarming and timely reminder of how rising temperatures will radically change our lives around the world if we do not make concerted efforts to reduce our use of fossil fuels. It’s a consideration. Journalist Goodell has covered the environment and climate change for many years and warns readers of what may now seem to be a growing but dangerous risk of serious consequences. In his 2017 book, The Water Will Come, he considers rising sea levels around the world, arguing that it will “reshape the world in ways most of us can only vaguely imagine.” there is

Little, Brown, 11th of July

A best-selling author who has written extensively on marine life, Casey takes readers to one of the world’s most remote areas, the deep ocean that has fascinated mankind for centuries. It has otherworldly creatures and a completely different ecosystem, including volcanoes and mountains. And we are just beginning to understand the complexity. Advances in technology have allowed governments (and some wealthy individuals) to explore these depths, and Casey argues why this realm is vital to the future of the planet.

Double Day, August 1st

In 2020, English-speaking readers get The Age of Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and 10 Years of Reinventing Philosophy. This decade is a prominent interwar biography of the life of Germany’s greatest Teutonic man. heart. The German author is back with another Mount Rushmore philosophy, translated by Sean Whitesides. The ideological amalgamation of Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Ayn Rand and Simone Weil may seem like oil and water, but their reaction to the world around them is the decade Eilenberger is doomed to , which helps to highlight the terrible years 1933-1943 for Europe and for Europe. A tumultuous time for these monumental thinkers.

Penguin Press, August 8

No wonder George Eliot, the great portraitist of unhappy Victorian couples, got married in his own way. In 1854, the soon-to-be novelist traveled to Berlin on a research trip with the philosopher, critic, and father of three, George Louis. (He was already married, albeit openly.) Lewis encouraged Eliot to write a novel and share the next 25 years with him. The relationship was scandalous. King’s College Philosophy Professor Claire Carlisle tells their story, drawing on her research in theology, history and the politics of 19th-century desire.

Farah, Strauss, Giroud, August 15th

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist explores the life and times of Marble (1913-1990) on and off the court. Marble is one of the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis players, and Billie Jean King has described her as “the epitome of unbridled athleticism”, using her prowess to bolster the sport’s race. advocated the abolition of discrimination. She also designed her clothes, sang at the Waldorf Astoria, and authored a book, including her memoir, in which she voiced her dubious claim that she was a spy.

Atlantic Monthly Press, August 15

Wong was one of the most famous Chinese-American actresses of her time, known for her roles in ‘Shanghai Express’ (with Marlene Dietrich) and ‘Sea Routes’. A scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Huang tells the story of how her life began as the daughter of a Chinese-American who owned a dry cleaners shop in Los Angeles, the obstacles she overcame in her career, and the achievements she left behind. to follow.

Liverite, August 22nd

A historian and former president of Harvard University, Faust spent his childhood in 1950s Virginia with a deep sympathy for racism and sexism, fueling a lifelong passion for civil rights. Rather than take the path his parents would have wanted (a “well-adapted” poised young woman), the author tackled the biggest social and political issues of the time. Here she reflects on how American society has evolved.

Farrar, Strauss, Giroud, August 22

Gupta, who grew up in a supportive, wealthy Indian-American family in suburban Pennsylvania, uses her own experiences to examine the darker side of the model minority myth. “Our family has learned to love each other not by who we really are, but by how well we’ve adapted to the stories our family has written,” she wrote, referring to the expectations of the surrounding white community. .

Crown, August 22nd

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