Nonfiction: 5 New Reads for Fall

From memoirs to reportage to courtroom intrigue, five true tales for your fall reading list.

 

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A DISAPPEARANCE IN DAMASCUS: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War (Knopf) by Deborah Campbell

In 2007 Canadian journalist Deborah Campbell went undercover in Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. To help with her reporting, she hired a fixer, an Iraqi refuge named Ahlam. When Ahlam was arrested by Assad’s regime, Campbell desperately tried to find her, even putting her own life at risk, haunted by the possibility their work together had led to her disappearance.

 

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SHE MADE ME LAUGH: MY FRIEND NORA EPHRON (Simon & Schuster) by Richard Cohen

Award-winning journalist and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen writes about his decades-long friendship with Nora Ephron, the celebrated writer and film director who passed away in 2012.

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FRAMED: WHY MICHAEL SKAKEL SPENT OVER A DECADE IN PRISON FOR A CRIME HE DIDN’T COMMIT (Thomas Allen & Son) by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

In the latest spin on the decades old murder of Martha Moxley – the teenager from Greenwich, Conn., who was bludgeoned to death with a golf club back in 1975 – Robert F. Kennedy’s new book gives a detailed and spirited defense of his cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted of her murder in 2002. (His conviction was later overturned after serving 11 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence, and Connecticut’s highest court is now deciding whether or not to reinstate the conviction.) Not only does Kennedy make the case for Skakel’s innocence but also offers an alternative theory for who the real murderers were.

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THE RETURN OF HISTORY (Anansi) by Jennifer Welsh

Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General and international relations expert Jennifer Welsh investigates 21st century geopolitics and the seemingly unpromising future of liberal democracies in The Return of History.

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THE PLOT TO KILL KING: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Skyhorse) by Dr. William F. Popper

In Popper’s revised and updated volume of his bestselling Orders to Kill, Popper continues to argue the innocence of his former client James Earl Ray in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Instead, he asserts Ray was a fall guy for a government-sanctioned assassination.