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2021 Fall Book Preview: Nonfiction

Here are some of the hottest nonfiction titles of the season.

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On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint

by Maggie Nelson
(Sept. 7)

MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner Maggie Nelson, author of the acclaimed genre-bending The Argonauts, examines the concept of freedom in four different subjects: art, sex, drugs, and climate. “Once again, Nelson proves herself a masterful thinker and an unparalleled prose stylist,” praises Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

Beautiful Country

by Qian Julie Wang (Sept. 7)

In China, civil rights lawyer Qian Julie Wang’s parents were professors; when the family immigrated to America in 1994, however, they become sweatshop workers struggling with poverty, their health, their relationships, and the realities of living as undocumented Americans. Wang both recounts her childhood and shares how her love of books provided solace and an education in this acclaimed memoir. “While Wang’s story of pursuing the American dream is undoubtedly timeless, it’s her family’s triumph in the face of ‘xenophobia and intolerance’ that makes it feel especially relevant today. Consider this remarkable memoir a new classic,” praises Publishers Weekly in a starred review.