Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Nonfiction Books for March, 2016
Volcanic eruptions, cyber warfare, and criminal justice reform – it's an action-packed month for nonfiction releases. Here we share our favorites!
March 1. As cyber-attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join terrorists on the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan. "A book that grips, informs and alarms, finely researched and lucidly related.” – John le Carré
1 / 6
March 1. The international bestseller that reveals all the beauty of modern physics in seven short and enlightening lessons. “Rovelli's enthusiasm for his subject is evident throughout, and his conversational tone brings an often dry subject to vibrant life. . . Rovelli's explanations will intrigue and delight.” – Shelf Awareness
2 / 6
March 7. Survival narrative meets scientific, natural, and social history in the riveting story of a volcanic disaster. “Olson brings cinematic structure to descriptions of the events surrounding the eruption of Mount St. Helens….[A] detailed and human-centered look at a terrible disaster.” – Publisher's Weekly
3 / 6
March 8. From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes a deeply researched account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak, and James Salter—an arresting and wholly original meditation on mortality.
4 / 6
March 8. A New York Times Bestseller. In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. “No one has forced us to look at the core questions about humanity and our broken criminal justice system with more authenticity and clarity than Senghor." – Erica Williams Simon, TIME.com
5 / 6
March 29. The author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage—high school through college—and reveals how they are negotiating it. "Buy two copies: One for yourself, and one for the teenager in your life." – Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon
6 / 6