Nonfiction

  • ILLUSTRATION BY STEVE CARROLL
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    The Art of Rebecca Solnit’s Essay

    - What makes Rebecca Solnit’s essays so popular? That they’re probably so right. And that’s a problem.
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Nonfiction Picks for Winter 2020

Intimate and intense, these nonfiction selections are must-reads for 2020. 

In her first book, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, Rachel Monroe explores our fascination with true crime on both personal and collective terms.
EMMA ROGERS
BOOKS Q&A

The Empathy of True Crime

Rachel Monroe discusses the radical empathy of true crime.

Brother & Sister: A Memoir, by Diane Keaton, Knopf, 176 pages, $25.95
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Diane Keaton’s Family Album

In a new memoir, Diane Keaton disassembles her family’s narrative.

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, by David Talbot, Chronicle Books, 176 pages, $22.95
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What It’s Like to Have a Stroke

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of my Stroke, author David Talbot takes us through his experience.

Author David Talbot
ALTA ASKS

Talking with David Talbot

While everyone who suffers a stroke has a unique experience with the illness, it’s fair to say that one thing ...

Author Joan Didion has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama, and the PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
PIETER M. VAN HATTEM/GETTY IMAGES
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On the Morning After the Sixties

Joan Didion has been one of California’s most acute observers since the early 1960s; in such books as Slouching Towards ...

Terry Tempest Williams stares down both love and loss in her latest book, Erosion—a collection of essays that are as relentless as they are tender and absolutely unwilling to “look away from all that is breaking our hearts.”
CHERYL HIMMELSTEIN
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The End of the World As We Know It

In Erosion, Terry Tempest Williams bears unflinching witness to what gets stripped away.