Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Nonfiction Books for April, 2016
The importance of sleep, the future of the internet, our expectations as parents, and the intelligence of birds are just a few of the topics covered by April's selection box of fabulous nonfiction.
April 5. The Third Wave is part memoir, part manifesto, and part playbook for the future from co-founder of AOL, Steve Case. We are entering, as Case explains, a new paradigm called the “Third Wave” of the Internet: a period in which entrepreneurs will vastly transform major “real world” sectors like health, education, transportation, energy, and food—and in the process change the way we live our daily lives.
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April 5. A national bestseller, Lab Girl is an illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. “Gratifying, spirited . . . a moving chronicle of an eminent research scientist’s life." — NYT Book Review
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April 5. "This thought-provoking portrait of a murder implicates the community at large and forces the reader to grapple with the death penalty, which Rubio is sentenced to. Tillman’s book exemplifies provocative long-form journalism that does not settle for easy answers." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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April 5. We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What is needed, she boldly asserts, is nothing short of a sleep revolution. Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.
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April 12. Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British and defended the Constitution. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from Miranda himself along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages.
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April 12. “[A] gloriously provocative and highly entertaining book. Jennifer Ackerman provides a masterly survey of research in the last two decades that has produced a revolution in our understanding of bird cognition. The Genius of Birds [is] important not only for what it says about birds, but also about the human ingenuity entailed in unraveling the mysteries of the avian brain." —Wall Street Journal
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Kate Andersen Brower
April 12. From the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Residence, the groundbreaking work of journalism about the White House staff, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the first ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.
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Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations
April 12. Love That Boy is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier through the lens of his own relationship with his son, who has high-functioning autism.
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