New non-fiction books in October

This month a book about relationships from the author of ‘The Game’ begins our chosen list, and the powerful, New York Times bestseller ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ completes it.

Syndetics book coverThe truth : an uncomfortable book about relationships / Neil Strauss.
“The New York Times journalist made a name for himself advocating freedom, sex and opportunity as author of The Game — with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a back seat. That is, until he met the woman who forced him to ask the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day: *Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life? *Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness? *Can you keep passion and romance from fading over time?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChina’s hidden children : abandonment, adoption, and the human costs of the one-child policy / Kay Ann Johnson.
“In the thirty-five years since China instituted its One-Child Policy, 120,000 children– mostly girls– have left China through international adoption, including 85,000 to the United States. It is generally assumed that this diaspora is the result of China’s approach to population control, but there is also the underlying belief that the majority of adoptees are daughters because the One-Child Policy often collides with the traditional preference for a son. While there is some truth to this, it does not tell the full story– a story with deep personal resonance to Kay Ann Johnson, a China scholar and mother to an adopted Chinese daughter.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe bully, the bullied, and the bystander : from preschool to high school : how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence / Barbara Coloroso.
“Drawing on her decades of work with troubled youth and her wide experience with conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice, bestselling parenting educator Barbara Coloroso offers a practical and compassionate book destined to become a groundbreaking guide to this escalating problem. Coloroso helps readers recognize the characteristic triad of bullying: the bully who perpetrates the harm; the bullied who is the target (and who may become a bully); and the bystander–peers, siblings, or adults who don’t act to defuse the situation…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMind over money : the psychology of money and how to use it better / Claudia Hammond.
“A day doesn’t go by without money coming into our interactions. But how much do we really understand it? We know we need money. We tend to want more of it. But why do we behave the way we do with it? And why does it have such a hold on us? Award-winning BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with the stuff is more complex than we might think…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe war on women : and the brave ones who fight back / Sue Lloyd-Roberts.
“In 1973, Sue Lloyd Roberts joined ITN as a news trainee and went on to be the UK’s first female video-journalist to report alone from the bleak outposts of the Soviet Union, China and Iran. During her 30-year-long career she travelled the world and witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women. But in observing first-hand the war on the female race she also documented their incredible determination to fight back…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising an entrepreneur : 10 rules for nurturing risk takers, problem solvers, and change makers / Margot Machol Bisnow.
“In this book, a political powerhouse and mother of two thriving entrepreneurs interviews the moms of over fifty of today’s most successful innovators and–based on her findings–provides ten rules for raising confident, fearless, self-made individuals whose ideas and drive will change the world…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cure for catastrophe : how we can stop manufacturing natural disasters / Robert Muir-Wood.
“A global risk expert defends his assertion that disasters are manufactured by people building in the wrong places and in the wrong way and recounts the ways people have fought back against natural disasters, including the development of new predictive technologies.” (NoveList)

Syndetics book coverThe new better off : reinventing the American dream / Courtney E. Martin.
“Are we living the good life–and what defines ‘good’, anyway? Americans today are constructing a completely different framework for success than their parents’ generation, using new metrics that TED speaker and columnist Courtney Martin has termed collectively the “New Better Off”.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverDisrupted : ludicrous misadventures in the tech start-up bubble / Dan Lyons.
“Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek Magazine for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was unemployed and facing financial oblivion. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the nebulous role of “marketing fellow.” What could possibly go wrong?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / J.D. Vance.
“The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version… Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)