Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Nonfiction Books for December 2015
If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the nonfiction reader in your life, or you're looking for some real-world relief from your mountainous TBR pile of fiction... try one of December's nonfiction releases! We've made things easy for you—here are our 6 favorites.
December 1. “In this bubbly linguistic endeavor, journalist and polyglot Dorren covers the evolution of 60 European languages . . . Dorren thoughtfully walks readers through the weird evolution of languages . . . with quirky tidbits aplenty . . . Rounded out with insights such as . . . the refutation of the notion that Eskimos have 100 words for snow." — Publishers Weekly
1 / 6
December 2. “The term ‘medieval biography’ doesn’t necessarily conjure up a lot of excitement among the general book-loving population. But . . . it really should. This blood, guts, gore and gallantry romp through medieval history, following the great knight William Marshall . . . is way more fun than it should be.” — New York Post
2 / 6
December 1. In language that is fresh, visceral, and deeply moving—and illustrations that are irreverent and gorgeous—here is a memoir that will change the way you think about art, sex, politics, and survival in our times. “The book reads like a notebook of New York. . . Filtered through her eyes, we see 9/11, the aftermath of the crash, Occupy Wall Street, Hurricane Sandy and onward." — New York Times Book Review
3 / 6
December 1. We are not born knowing what to eat; as omnivores it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves. From childhood onward, we learn how big a “portion” is and how sweet is too sweet. We learn to enjoy green vegetables—or not. But how does this education happen?
4 / 6
December 1. Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his book, Silverman—a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News—discusses the effectiveness, ethics and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent.
5 / 6
Michael, MD Greger
December 8. "An absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how to achieve a life of health and longevity without disease."— Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
6 / 6