{ GOOD READS }

INSPIRATIONAL NONFICTION

Stories of unwavering faith, powerful wisdom,
heartbreak and glory.

By Claire Yezbak Fadden
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THE OCEAN OF THE FUTURE

In this telling story, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in-between. In Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers (Harper, October 27, 2015), Winchester offers a grand survey—at once kaleidoscopic and sprawling, penetrating and intimate—of today’s Pacific Ocean. In this portrait of an important and gigantic body of water, Winchester shows the near limitless range of human and natural conditions that exist within the Pacific Ocean’s borders, illustrating why it is the ocean of the future, filled with countless fascinating tales.

CYBER THREATS

Recently, we have learned of a hacking attack that compromised the personnel files of more than 20 million current and former federal employees. Cybertheft is now measured in the billions of dollars. However, all the cyberespionage and cybercrime occurring to date pales in comparison to a strikingly under reported threat to life as we know it: a cyberattack on our power grid. In Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath (Crown Publishing, October 27, 2015), longtime Nightline anchor Ted Koppel reveals how likely such an attack is, how calamitous it could be, and how unprepared our government is. In a fair-minded and rigorous style, Koppel investigates this threat that is unique to our time.

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FROM HEARTBREAK TO GREATNESS AND GLORY

In 2013, confetti rained down on Ray Lewis and his teammates after winning the Super Bowl XLVII. That’s when he made a promise to himself to show how the game is really played at the highest level. In I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory (Touchstone, October 20, 2015), Lewis offers a raw, honest look at the business of football during his 17-year NFL career. The legendary Baltimore linebacker, and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation, holds nothing back in this memoir, sharing his views on the state of football, his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, the storm that threatened to ruin his NFL career, and the devastating injury that nearly cost him a final moment of glory. 

FINDING YOUR PATH TO A VIBRANT, INSPIRED LIFE

Best-loved for her personal memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert continues to be a source of creativity and courage to her readers. In her newest venture, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead Books, September 22, 2015), Gilbert offers a transformative nonfiction treatise on creativity. Digging deep into her own generative process, she explains where inspiration comes from, how ideas form and grow, and how to overcome the fears and suffering that inevitably arise when we push at boundaries and take a leap into the unknown. Filled with her signature humor, big-heartedness, wild vulnerability and wisdom, Gilbert delivers a vibrant and inspirational book.

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A MESMERIZING READING EXPERIENCE

Brian Selznick delivers a magnificent reinvention of his signature storytelling form in The Marvels (Scholastic Press, September 15, 2015), taking readers on an awe-inspiring voyage about the complexities of family and growing up.

Expanding upon the genre-breaking form he originated in The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, Selznick weaves two seemingly unrelated stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—with spellbinding synergy. The illustrated story sweeps the reader through five generations of a legendary family of actors, beginning in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling London home, where he (along with the reader) must piece together many mysteries.

Meet Brian Selznick on Tuesday, November 3. This is a Warwick’s ticketed event held at Sherwood Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.