Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Nonfiction Books for February 2016
Our favorite nonfiction releases for February! This month's offerings include close encounters with charging hippos (Walking the Nile); a fresh approach to what preschoolers really need (The Importance of Being Little); a neurosurgeon's exploration of the magic of the mind (Into the Magic Shop); and the elaborate mating rituals of armored lobsters (Sex in the Sea) —are you not entertained?!
February 2. The New York Times bestselling author of 'Give and Take' examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations. “Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read... it might just change the way you live your life." – Sheryl Sandberg
1 / 7
February 2. In November 2013, Levison Wood set out on an improbable and dangerous undertaking: walking the 4,000 miles of the Nile River from the trickle of its Rwandan headwaters to its Egyptian delta, a trek that would take him through six countries, civil wars, sandstorms, thousands of years of history, and personal tragedy. A briskly paced blend of gripping adventure tale and a portrait of modern Africa.
2 / 7
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
James R. Doty MD
February 2. “Part memoir, part scientific exploration, 'Into the Magic Shop' is a powerful work of emotion and discovery, showing that we all have within us our own small magic shop, a place of calm and beauty we can return to whenever we need it. As James Doty compellingly shows, we simply have to open the door, and let ourselves in.” – Arianna Huffington
3 / 7
February 2. A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s gripping account of one young man’s path to murder—and a wake-up call for mental health care in America.
4 / 7
February 9. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. “A deep, provocative analysis of the current modes of teaching preschoolers." – Kirkus Reviews
5 / 7
February 9. From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debut—an “honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred)
6 / 7
Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep
Marah J. Hardt
February 9. Forget the Kama Sutra. When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea. Beyond a deliciously voyeuristic excursion, 'Sex in the Sea' connects the timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans. With wit and scientific rigor, Hardt introduces us to the researchers who study the wet and wild sex lives of ocean life and offer solutions to maintain the sea's abundance.
7 / 7