Questions in Retrospect: Nonfiction, May 2022, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Two leading authors look back to look ahead. 

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Dyer, Geoff. The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings. Farrar. May 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780374605568. $28. ESSAYS

As he approaches late middle age, award-winning critic/novelist Dyer looks at distinguished artists andathletes later in life to see whether growing older brings understanding or despair, greater insight or diminished capability. Moving from the waning-days work of J.M.W. Turner, John Coltrane, and Ludwig Beethoven to the fancy footwork of Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer, he reveals that last acts can be the deepest and the best. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

McKibben, Bill. The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened. Holt. May 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781250823601. $27.99. MEMOIR

Award-winning environmental activist McKibben (Falter) offers more than memoir as he reflects on growing up middle class in 1960s–70s Lexington, MA, convinced that the United States, however imperfect, was a great country growing even greater. Now, with overconsumption fueling climate change, a new understanding of how racism has shaped U.S. history, and religion a divisive rather than unifying force, he ponders what went wrong. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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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