Spring is at last here and underway, and with it, some great new non-fiction arriving from publishers and onto our library shelves. Many of them look like they will be popular with patrons in search of that perfect book for spring reading. Here are a half dozen of the new arrivals which look like they will definitely attract attention:
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, by Tyler Kepner. Baseball books are plentiful this time of year, but the New York Times sports columnist covers some new ground, focusing on the history, stories, and folklore surrounding ten different pitches. From the fastball to the knuckleball, Kepner gives us an action-packed view from the pitching mound.
La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World, by Dianne Hales. Italy always catches our attention: their fast cars, high fashion, bountiful culture, delicious food, and all of that history. But why? Hales, who was knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, knows her subject.
An Economist Walks Into a Brothel, by Allison Schrager. Risk is something we deal with on a daily basis, and as an economist, Schrager has spent her career studying how people manage risk in their lives. Using examples ranging from a professional poker player to a surfer in Hawaii, she tells readers how to master it.
The League of Wives, by Lee Heath. In April 1973, 116 U.S. Navy and Air Force pilots were released from a horrible captivity in North Vietnam. Upon their return home, they would discover that the people who they could credit for their freedom were their wives, who battled both Washington and Hanoi to achieve their release.
The Atlas of Happiness, by Helen Russell. From Syria to Canada, the author takes us on a tour of the world, discovering the secrets to happiness in each country she visits and what they can teach us. It’s time to get happy!
Madame Fourcade's Secret War, by Lynne Olson. There are several titles being published about the role of women in European spy operations, and this is one of them. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was a young woman who led the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II. Among her many intelligence coups were a 55 foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day.
The Honey Bus, A Memoir of Loss, Courage, and a Girl Saved by Bees, by Meredith May. When the author was five, she suddenly found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. The title says it all.
Ready to read one of these new spring titles? Visit our website at www.macpl.org to check their availability in our catalog – and place a hold on any that are checked out. And there’s plenty more where these came from. Happy spring reading!