Kay Redfield Jamison offers readers a marvelous evocation of love and death in Nothing Was The Same (Knopf, $25). The book is “about love and what love had brought, about death and what death had taken.” Kay’s husband Richard was her colleague and friend as well as her spouse. It was Richard who helped Kay manage her manic-depressive illness and encouraged her to write about it. He died of a complication from the Hodgkin’s disease he had had many years before. Jamison describes the happiness of their twenty years together, his death, and then her mourning. In one of the most interesting sections she analyzes the difference between grief and depression as only she can.

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ISBN: 9780307277893
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

Christopher Buckley, the only child of William F. and Patricia T. Buckley, recalls the lives of these larger-than-life parents in Losing Mum And Pup (Twelve, $24.99), a memoir that shimmers with affection and humor.  Of his conservative Catholic father he writes, “Pup had the most delicious, reliable, wicked vibrant sense of humor of anyone I knew,” a trait Chris Buckley liberally sprinkles throughout his celebration of his parents’ lives.

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ISBN: 9780446540957
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Published: Twelve - May 13th, 2010

Michael Chabon’s second foray into non-fiction has all the grace and wit of his best novels.  These pieces are carefully plotted stories that illuminate our own lives and make us look at where we’re headed.  Manhood For Amateurs (HarperCollins, $25.99) chronicles not only what it means to recognize yourself as a man, but, perhaps most important, how it feels to look back on the journey to adulthood.  Writing in short, easily digestible essays, Chabon brings healthy doses of humor, nostalgia, and frankness to his exploration of growing up.  Whether he is discussing the ineffable charms of ’70s super-heroines or remembering a father-figure who took him wholly into his life, Chabon creates a self-portrait of a man every bit as compelling as any of his characters.

Writing in short, easily digestible essays (none is longer than 11 pages), Michael Chabon brings healthy doses of humor, nostalgia, and frankness to his exploration of growing up. He trains his novelist’s eye on the small details that tell him he’s grown up: hearing songs from his youth on the classic rock station, having to disapprove of Captain Underpants so that his kids will still like it, recognizing that his children are growing up with a very different view of the future, realizing that he’s comfortable carrying a diaper bag.  Manhood For Amateurs  (Harper Perennial, $14.99) is perfect reading for an afternoon in the hammock, a few pages before bed, or a day watching the kids by the pool.

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ISBN: 9780061490194
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2010