Latest Nonfiction News

Book about Jack the Ripper’s victims wins nonfiction prize

Nov. 19, 2019 5:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book that seeks to restore the humanity of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper has won Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award. Historian Hallie Rubenhold was awarded the 50,000-pound ($65,000) Baillie Gifford Prize on Tuesday for “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women...

Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts

Nov. 19, 2019 12:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself. Offerings abound at holiday time. Some suggestions: HOMES: “Architectural Digest: AD at 100, a Century of...

Michelle Obama signs ‘Becoming’ copies on book’s anniversary

Nov. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama marked one year since publication of her best-selling memoir at a book signing in the nation’s capital Monday. “It’s so good to meet you,” the former first lady told patrons as she signed copies of “Becoming” at a Washington, D.C.,...

Ayesha Curry Thanksgiving recipe debuts on Google Assistant

Nov. 15, 2019 2:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ayesha Curry is used to a holiday on the road with lots of people, but with three-time NBA champion Steph Curry sidelined due to injury, the family is planning to have a much more intimate celebration at home — and she’s looking forward to it. “This is the first...

N. Scott Momaday remembers 1969 Pulitzer, promises memoir

Nov. 15, 2019 12:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his groundbreaking novel “House Made of Dawn,” said he’s not done writing and vows to finish his long-anticipated memoir. In a rare interview at his Santa Fe home, the 85-year-old author told The...

Set the table early, and other tips for Thanksgiving hosts

Nov. 13, 2019 11:33 AM EST

Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart. There are more dishes than you might usually serve. More timing concerns because of that. More pots and plates to wash. And perhaps more family dynamics, buried deep below the surface for the other 364 days a year, that threaten to bubble up through the...

For 'Joy of Cooking' revision, editors mixed marriage, food

Nov. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine carefully testing several thousand recipes for a beloved cookbook. Then imagine coming up with 600 brand new ones. Now imagine doing all that in your home kitchen. Without a dishwasher. That was the monumental task John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott, took on almost a decade ago...

Review: 'Life Isn't Everything' toasts director Mike Nichols

Nov. 12, 2019 1:54 PM EST

"Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 103 of his closest friends," Henry Holt and Co., by Ash Carter and Sam Kashner The subtitle of "Life isn't everything," a captivating oral history of the late director Mike Nichols, is no joke. But just how did the man behind popular movies like "The...

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is writing memoir, due in 2021

Nov. 12, 2019 10:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the Senate's first Asian American woman and only current immigrant, is working on a memoir. Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will come out in 2021. Hirono, 72, will write about emigrating at age 8 to the United States after her mother...

Airborne Toxic Event leader Mikel Jollett writing memoir

Nov. 12, 2019 8:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett is writing a memoir. Celadon Books announced Tuesday that Jollett's "Hollywood Park," also the title of the band's next album, will come out May 5. According to the publisher, the 45-year-old Jollett will describe surviving the cult community...