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Jamie’s Bookshelf: The Presidency, political history highlight these nonfiction titles for fall reading

• “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker and the Rise of the New Republican Party” by Julian E. Zelizer (Penguin Press, $30) is an alarming story of how Georgia native Gingrich, a former House Speaker, and his allies have polluted U.S. politics, and created the bitter partisan warfare between the Democrats and the Republicans that you are seeing today. The author is a professor...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: These recently-published nonfiction titles cover politics, media and more

•  “How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor: A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, and Everything in Between” by Thomas C. Foster (Harper, $27.99) is an interesting volume that attempts to teach us how to get accurate information in a rapidly changing 24/7 news cycle and become better readers, thinkers and consumers of media. The new 313-page hardcover is patterned...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: More cool nonfiction titles to add to your reading list as dog days of summer set in

• “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, $17.99) delivers a practical road map for battling with and healing from anxiety, depression and stress-related illnesses. The book is now in paperback. The inspirational author currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. • “Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Politics, power and corruption: A review of some recently-released nonfiction books

• “LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval” by Kyle Longley (Cambridge University Press, $15.95) is a new 361-page paperback which tells a fascinating story about President Lyndon B. Johnson and the significant events of 1968. The author leads his readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of what Johnson characterized as the “year of a continuous nightmare.”...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some nonfiction selections for your September reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is an unusual look about topics that make people think differently about themselves and the world around them. In other words, the 415-page volume is basically about universal human condition. With startling...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some recently-published nonfiction titles to help beat the heat this summer

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist Here are some recently-published nonfiction books that you may want to consider to keep you entertained this summer. • “For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball” by Bud Selig (William Morrow, $28.99) is an unprecedented look at modern baseball. The former Commissioner offers...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Rounding out your Spring reading list with nine recently-published nonfiction titles

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books. –“Ambition, Pragmatism And Party: A Political Biography Of Gerald R. Ford” by Scott Kaufman (University Press of Kansas, $34.95) captures the former president’s long and remarkable political career. For this 443-page biography, the author also interviewed family...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Eleven recently published nonfiction selections for your spring reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the first of a two-part series about recently published nonfiction books. —“Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World” by Timothy Ferriss (Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, $30) is a 598-page hardcover that contains life lessons and career guidance from today’s top performers or achievers from around the world, revealing the wisdom...