7 Summer Reads: Non-Fiction
From intimate Picasso to historic and scientific breakthroughs, these hot new books are on our must-read list.
THE WOMAN WHO SAYS NO: FRANCOISE GILOT ON HER LIFE WITH AND WITHOUT PICASSO (Greystone) by Malte Herwig
THE VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS (William Morrow) by Neil Gaman
From British award-winning author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Sandman comes this amusing collection of non-fiction essays on a range of topics from art and artists to ghosts and fairytales. The ‘cheap seats’ in the title, in case you were wondering, relates to the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
STAKING CLAIMS TO A CONTINENT (Anansi) by James Laxer
BOBBY RYDELL: Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances (Cadence) by Bobby Rydell with Allan Slutsky
THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Scribner) by Siddhartha Mukherjee
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies comes this biography of the human gene. Part social history, part science, part detective story, the story probes the essence of life from a scientific viewpoint, but also asks philosophical and ethical questions introduced by our ability to create or write a genome and thereby, determine human fate.
A SECRET VICE (Harper Collins) by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins
This study of Tolkien’s little-known essay reveals how his construction of imaginary languages was a key part of his artistic output and the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, including his popular works of fantasy literature, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion.
MIND OVER MONEY (Anansi) by Claudia Hammond
Money makes the world go round – and maybe in more ways than we realize. We need it, we want more of it, but we don’t always understand how it affects the way we see the world. Hammond, from the BBC’s Radio 4, writes about why we often make poor financial decisions and how our psychological relationship with the almighty dollar is more complicated than we think.