The Big Books of BEA — Nonfiction

Below are the nonfiction titles included in various roundups from the show (full list of them, with links, on our previous post; The Big Books of BEA; Fiction

The following titles are  on most library catalogs:

  • Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, The National Parks, (Knopf, 9/8);  companion to the fall PBS series
  • Jon Krakauer, Where Men Win Glory, (Doubleday, 9/15); about Pat Tillman, the football star killed in Afghanistan. If you’re doing a double take, it’s because this book was announced last year, with the title, The Hero. Reports said that Krakauer put off the publication date because he was not happy with it.

The following are not showing on most of the catalogs we checked. Titles are in order by pub. date:

Dave Eggers
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 342 pages
Publisher: McSweeney’s – (2009-07-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1934781630 / 9781934781630

A true story about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This is one of two books the L.A. Times mentioned in their story, BookExpo America reveals an industry in transition. The other is Michael Lewis’s Big Short (below).


The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws
Margaret Drabble
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – (2009-09-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0547241445 / 9780547241449


Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day
Diane Ackerman
Retail Price: $23.95
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-09-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0393061736 / 9780393061734


Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: The True Story of a Last Request

  • Hardcover: $23.99; 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (September 29, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0786868724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786868728


Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Jeannette Walls
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-10-06)
ISBN / EAN: 1416586288 / 9781416586289



The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
Timothy Egan
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – (2009-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0618968415 / 9780618968411


Malcolm Gladwell,  What the Dog Saw

  • Hardcover: $27.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 20, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0316078573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316078573


True Compass: A Memoir
Edward M. Kennedy
Retail Price: $35.00
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Twelve – (2009-10-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0446539252 / 9780446539258


The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Michael Lewis
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-11-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0393072231 / 9780393072235


Mary Karr, Lit 

  • Hardcover: $26.99; 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (November 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0060596988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060596989


It’s the cover to sigh for:

How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood
William J. Mann
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – (2009-10-21)
ISBN / EAN: 0547134649 / 9780547134642

3 Responses to “The Big Books of BEA — Nonfiction”

  1. Brock Martin Says:

    I think a possible reason (certainly our reason) that some of these titles are not yet showing up in library catalogs is that for many libraries, the FY ends in the upcoming weeks, and items that are pub’d past a certain date are not ordered until the beginning of the next FY.

  2. rbeerbower Says:

    For our library, nonfiction titles aren’t ordered until the review appears in LJ, PW, or BL, unless a patron requests the book, which means many of these titles won’t be ordered until late summer or early fall. Fiction is ordered waaaayyy ahead of time as patrons hear about them from author and publisher sites and usually demand they be added to the OPACs ASAP.

  3. Deb Margeson Says:

    I can’t use either of those reasons. Our fiscal year ends with the calendar year and we have figured out a way to roll over titles we have not received that does not make our financial people crazy. Also, if we know a book is going to be popular with our patrons, we are going to be purchasing regardless of the review. The good news? I now am ordering these titles and will be able to track demand! So, thanks.