April 2022 Nonfiction-New Releases

April 19th, 2022 by cmcneil · No Comments · New Releases

Manhattan Phoenix: The Great Fire of 1835 and the Emergence of Modern New York      

Written by Daniel S. Levy             

Read by Mike Lenz  

This work shows vividly how the Great Fire of 1835, which nearly leveled Manhattan, also created the ashes from which the city was reborn.

“One of the best books about old New York I’ve come across…Levy reanimates the New York that rose from the ashes with all its ambitions, corruption, riotous hatreds, contradictions and achievements.” –Wall Street Journal

Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War               

Written by Howard W. French   

Read by James Fouhey 

Revealing the central yet intentionally obliterated role of Africa in the creation of modernity, Born in Blackness vitally reframes our understanding of world history.

“A Black journalist reframes modern history by restoring Africa to its rightful place at the center of the story . . . This meticulously researched book eloquently debunks conventional understanding of European conquest . . . A fascinating retelling of modern history that restores Africa to its rightful place.”
― Kirkus Reviews

Bibliophobia: The End and the Beginning of the Book      

Written by Brian Cummings

Read by Tom Perkins 

Bibliophobia is a book about material books, how they are cared for, and how they are damaged, throughout the 5000-year history of writing from Sumeria to the smartphone.

Insurrection: Rebellion, Civil Rights, and the Paradoxical State of Black Citizenship             

Written & Read by Hawa Allan

A brilliant debut by lawyer and critic Hawa Allan on the paradoxical state of black citizenship in the United States.

“Eloquently mixing history, autobiography, and philosophy, this powerful account sheds new light on the Black experience in America.” ― Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Grad to Grown-Up: 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life             

Written by Courtney Bejgrowicz & Gene Rice      

Read by George Newbern  

Everything you didn’t learn in school but all you need to know to launch your personal and professional life.

Grad to Grown-Up is a must-read. What I learned from Gene about work ethic, respect, finance, and career helped me to the NBA. Gene has the strongest character of anyone I know and a unique ability to build relationships with others. Every young person can learn from him, and this book is full of his invaluable insight.”  — Ryan Arcidiacano, Chicago Bulls NBA player; Previous RCI Inter

Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century              

Written by Sergei Guriev &  Daniel Treisman       

Read by David de Vries  

Uncovering a new brand of authoritarianism, Sergei Guriev and Daniel Treisman explain the rise of “spin dictators,” describing how they emerge and operate, the new threats they pose, and how democracies should respond.

“A fascinating new book.” ― The Economist

My Pleasure: An Intimate Guide to Loving Your Body and Having Great Sex           

Written by Laura Delarato           

Read by Sierra Kline  

Practice pleasure as a form of self-care with this empowering, accessible, and inclusive guide to loving your body and your sex life.

“So many of us are taught to hide from our own bodies—finding self-love and learning how to use our bodies for our own pleasure can be a daunting task. Laura makes it easy by acting as a friendly guide, offering a captivating mix of personal stories, guided activities, sexual health tips, and more. She helps us all discover our own pleasure and achieve deep growth in the most beautiful way.” Tess Holliday, body-positive pioneer, activist, and author

Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America              

Written by Lauren Rankin            

Read by Kate Udall  

A powerfully empathetic and impeccably researched look at abortion clinic escorting, which Rebecca Traister (New York Times bestselling author of Good and Mad) calls “one of the most under-covered and crucial, lifesaving, rigorous forms of activism out there.”

“Rankin’s passion for women’s health blazes on the page, and she is adept at connecting disparate events to create a cohesive historical narrative . . . A stunning, compassionate history of an overlooked element within the abortion-rights movement in the U.S.” —Kirkus Starred Review

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