Our top 8 picks in nonfiction this month. Read more on Riffle
Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
Released on September 1, this dual biography is already a NY Times Bestseller. Hirshman tells the fascinating story of the intertwined lives of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as Supreme Court justices. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.
1 / 8
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
September 1. "A stunning achievement, 'The Making of Asian America' establishes the centrality of Asians to American history, and poses alternatives to US national and immigration histories. Asians, this remarkable text reveals, transformed the face of America, and they locate the US firmly within a hemispheric and global order."—Gary Y. Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
2 / 8
Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football by John U. Bacon
Another September 1 release that's risen quickly to the ranks of Bestseller. 'Endzone' tells the story of how college football's most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade - and entirely of its own doing. It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal - a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university.
3 / 8
The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates
September 8. "Famous not only for the quality of her writing but also for the quantity, [Oates] has written more than 50 novels as well as a very long list of non-fiction, poetry, plays and short stories. Violence haunts her work and... she always offers a probing look at the dark side of human nature. In her new memoir 'The Lost Landscape,' Oates explores how her early years shaped her as a person and a writer."—NPR
4 / 8
Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain by Dana Suskind
September 8. The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important—and astoundingly simple—thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice.
5 / 8
Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton
September 14. The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of 'An Unquiet Mind.'
6 / 8
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
September 15. Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s 'The Liars’ Club' spent more than a year at the top of the NY Times Bestsellers list. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, and in 'The Art of Memoir' she lays bare her process. Cheryl Strayed (who was mentored by Karr) predicts this "will be the definitive book on reading and writing memoir for years to come."
7 / 8
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
September 22. “From the deeply self-aware, poetically gifted author of 'Eat, Pray, Love' comes... the best nonfiction book I’ve read in years. For anyone who's ever struggled with feeling worthy to express themselves through art, or been discouraged by the absence of inspiration, I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this book might just change your life.” —Mind Body Green
8 / 8