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Recently-Published Books Are Plentiful To Keep You Entertained During Winter Months

Compiled by Jamie H. Vaught

This is the first of a two-part series about your possible winter readings in nonfiction category, just in time for Christmas shopping season.

--“Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” by Elizabeth Vargas (Grand Central Publishing, $27) chronicles her lifelong battle with anxiety before turning to alcohol and then recovery. The author is a well-known TV reporter for ABC network, serving as co-anchor of the popular 20/20 program. In 2014, Vargas made national news when she went on record with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, saying she had been dealing with alcoholism. In the 243-page hardcover, Vargas, whose anxiety problem began at the age of six when her father was fighting during the Vietnam War, also writes about the struggles of being a working mother and primary breadwinner, and how she found herself at a crossword between devoting time to her family (including her two sons) and trying to rise up in her television career.

--“Herbert Hoover: A Life” by Glen Jeansonne (New American Library, $28) is a comprehensive biography of a misunderstood man who was the president during the 1920s. It has been said that Hoover ruined more lives and saved more lives than any person in human history. The 455-page book offers a surprising portrait of Hoover, recasting him from the chief architect of the Great Depression into the humanistic public servant that he really was.

--“True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace” by Alberto R. Gonzales (Thomas Nelson, $26.99) is a personal history about the former U.S. Attorney General and former Counsel to the President. A product of a working-class family in Texas, he grew up with his seven siblings in a two-bedroom home and eventually graduated from Harvard Law School. Gonzales offers his perspective on many issues facing the George W. Bush White House. He is currently the Dean and a professor of law at Belmont University's College of Law in Nashville.