Growing Up with Megan Rapinoe, Cooking (and More) with Julia Child, & Honoring the Natural World with M. Scott Momaday: Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

A short but potent list of memoirs, cooking techniques and fruit cakes, and caring about dogs, cats, and the larger natural world.


Child, Julia. People Who Love To Eat Are Always the Best People: And Other Wisdom. Knopf. Nov. 2020. 160p. ISBN 9780525658795. $20. MEMOIRcover of Matsuhashi's How To Hold Animals

Rapinoe, Megan. One Life. Penguin Pr. Nov. 2020. 352p. ISNB 9781984881168. $28. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable. MEMOIR

Winspear, Jacqueline. This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing. Soho. Nov. 2020. 314p. ISBN 9781641292696. $27.95. MEMOIR

Not strictly memoir, People Who Love To Eat Are Always the Best People collects Child’s standout observations on France, love, travel, life, and, of course, food: “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” In One Life, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup champion Rapinoe considers not only her athletic career but her highly publicized stance on social justice issues, showing how her beliefs are rooted in childhood experience. “Maisie Dobbs” all-star mystery writer Winspear changes tack with a memoir showing the impact of World Wars I and II on her family, her parents’ life with the Romani, and her childhood in rural Kent, all the while promising This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing,


Corriher, Shirley O. KitchenWise: Essential Food Science for Home Cooks. Scribner. Nov. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781982140687. $25. COOKING

Schreiber, Jason. Fruit Cake: Recipes for the Curious Baker. William Morrow Cookbooks. Nov. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780062977458. $32.50. COOKING

The James Beard Award–winning, best-selling author of CookWise and BakeWise, Corriher moves us to Kitchenwise, a book of cooking techniques—how to fluff up scrambled eggs and keep those greens jade-bright—along with 30 recipes (40,000-copy first printing). And in keeping with the holiday season, famed food stylist Schreiber tells all about Fruit Cake, whipping up 38 recipes that each feature a different fruit, from Blood Orange Bee Sting Cake to Polenta Pound Cake with Spiced Mandarins (50,000-copy first printing).

The Natural World

Buckley, Shawn & Dr. Oscar Chavez. Big Kibble: The Hidden Dangers of the Commercial Pet Food Industry and How To Do Better by Our Dogs. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2020. 256p. 256p. ISBN 9781250260055. $27.99. DOGS

Gray, John. Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life. Farrar. Nov. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780374154110. $26. CATS

Matsuhashi, Toshimitsu. How To Hold Animals. Scribner. Nov. 2020. 128p. ISBN 9781982155919. $14.99.

Momaday, N. Scott. Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land. Harper. Nov. 2020. 96p. ISBN 9780063009332. $19.99.

JustFoodForDogs Founder Buckley and veterinarian/professor Chavez challenge Big Kibble, revealing the abysmal lack of regulation in a pet food industry where bigger profits and cheaper ingredients rule and chicken feces and sawdust are evidently permissible as food additives (60,000-copy first printing). Oxford political scientist Gray turns to Feline Philosophy, showing that while humans strive for meaning and the even more elusive happiness, cats could care less (40,000-copy first printing). How To Hold Animals isn’t just charming but instructive, with professional animal photographer Matsuhashi calling on veterinarians, pet show owners, reptile handlers, and more to demonstrate how to hold our furry, feathery, scaly friends, gently and safely (40,000-copy first printing). And Pulitzer Prize winner Momaday turns to his Native American culture as he calls on each of us to be an Earth Keeper, protecting the natural world before it is too late (25,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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