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 Bestselling Nonfiction from a variety of sources including the New York Times.


Dead wake Cover
Erik Larson
The last crossing of the Lusitania.
940.4514 Lar
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end Cover
Atul Gawande
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.
362.175 Gaw
Book
Oct 20, 2014
Every day I fight Cover
Stuart Scott
Larry Platt
A memoir by the ESPN anchor and commentator, who died of cancer in January 2015.
ordered 030515
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Killing Patton : the strange death of World War II's most audacious general Cover
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.
355.0092 ORe
Book
Oct 6, 2014
Yes please Cover
Amy Poehler
The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
B Poe
Book
Nov 10, 2014
H is for Hawk Cover
Helen Macdonald
As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.
598.944 Mac
Book
Mar 16, 2015
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions Cover
Randall Munroe
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.
500 Mun
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Girl in a band Cover
Kim Gordon
A founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story--a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence and as one of the first women of rock and roll.
B Gor
Book
Mar 10, 2015
Bettyville : a memoir Cover
George Hodgman
A witty, tender memoir of a son's journey home to care for his irascible mother--a tale of secrets, silences, and enduring love. When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself--an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook--in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can't bring himself to force her from the home both treasure--the place where his father's voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty's life and his own struggle for self-respect. Hodgman's debut is both a portrait of a family and a tale of a prodigal son's return.
B Hod
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Mar 23, 2015
Our kids : the American Dream in crisis Cover
Robert D Putnam
An examination of the growing inequality gap: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. During the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. Robert Putnam offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country. He provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country.
305.513 Put
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Data and Goliath Cover
Bruce Schneier
The hidden battles to collect your data and control your world.
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Mar 23, 2015
I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban Cover
Malala Yousafzai
Christina Lamb
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.
303.625 You
Book
Dec 29, 2014
Not that kind of girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned" Cover
Lena Dunham
If I could take what I've learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I'm already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.
791.45 Dun
Book
Oct 13, 2014
Believer : my forty years in politics Cover
David Axelrod
The legendary strategist, the mastermind behind Barack Obama's historic election campaigns, shares a wealth of stories from his forty-year journey through the inner workings of American democracy.
B Axe
Book
Feb 23, 2015
17 carnations : the royals, the Nazis and the biggest cover-up in history Cover
Andrew Morton
Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife Wallis Simpson, the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed 'the traitor king' and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of sex and suspicion.
941.084 Mor
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Live right and find happiness (although beer is much faster) : life lessons and other ravings from Dave Barry Cover
Dave Barry
During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on--to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience.
817 Bar
Book
Mar 16, 2015
Coined : the rich life of money and how its history has shaped us Cover
Kabir Sehgal
In Coined author Kabir Sehgal casts aside our workaday assumptions about money and takes the reader on a global quest to uncover a deeper understanding of the relationship between money and humankind. More than a mere history of its subject, Coined probes the conceptual origins and evolution of money by examining it through the multiple lenses of disciplines as varied as biology, psychology, anthropology, and theology. Coined is not only an informative discussion of the concept of money, but it is also an entertaining take on the nature of humanity and the inner workings of the mind.
332.49 Seh
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Sapiens : a brief history of humankind Cover
Yuval N Harari
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one--homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition.
909 Har
Book
Feb 23, 2015
Killing Jesus : a history Cover
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly, and historian Martin Dugard detail the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable--and changed the world.
232.96 ORe
Book
Jan 12, 2015
Red notice : a true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice Cover
Bill Browder
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.
947.086 Bro
Book
Mar 23, 2015
Future crimes : everything is connected, everyone is vulnerable and what we can do about it Cover
Marc Goodman
An FBI futurist and senior advisor to Interpol analyzes the digital underground to reveal the alarming ways criminals, corporations and countries are using emerging technologies to target individuals and wage war.
364.168 Goo
Book
Mar 10, 2015
God, guns, grits, and gravy Cover
Mike Huckabee
In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee asks the question, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" and "explores today's fractious American culture, where divisions of class, race, politics, religion, gender, age, and other fault lines make polite conversation dicey, if not downright dangerous.
973 Huc
Book
Mar 10, 2015
Humans of New York Cover
Brandon Stanton
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments.
974.71 Sta
Book
Dec 8, 2014
It's what I do : a photographer's life of love and war Cover
Lynsey Addario
War photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It's her work, but it's much more than that: it's her singular calling.
779.092 Add
Book
Feb 23, 2015
Spring chicken : stay young forever (or die trying) Cover
Bill Gifford
Offers a broad examination of the subject of longevity, looking at the current scientific understanding of aging, as well as simple things people can do to promote longevity and common myths, misconceptions, and scams on the subject.
613.2 Gif
Book
Mar 10, 2015
The brain's way of healing : remarkable discoveries and recoveries from the frontiers of neuroplasticity Cover
Norman Doidge
Norman Doidge's new book shows, for the first time, how the process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, non-invasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us--light, sound, vibration, movement--which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain's own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes or accidents; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved, and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use. For centuries it was believed that the brain's complexity prevented recovery from damage or disease. The Brain's Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing.
612.8 Doi
Book
Feb 17, 2015
The Reaper : autobiography of one of the deadliest special ops snipers Cover
Nicholas Irving
Gary Brozek
A memoir by a Special Operations Direct Action Sniper traces his extraordinary career during the War on Terror, which was marked by his record-setting deployment to Afghanistan and his face-off against an enemy sniper known only as The Chechnian.
958.1047 Irv
Book
Mar 2, 2015
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption Cover
Laura Hillenbrand
Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being captured by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
B Zam
Book
Dec 22, 2014
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Erik Larson
940.4514 Lar
Andrew Morton
941.084 Mor
Atul Gawande
362.175 Gaw
Dave Barry
817 Bar
Stuart Scott
Larry Platt
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Kabir Sehgal
332.49 Seh
Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
355.0092 ORe
Yuval N Harari
909 Har
Amy Poehler
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Bill O'Reilly
Martin Dugard
232.96 ORe
Helen Macdonald
598.944 Mac
Bill Browder
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Randall Munroe
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Marc Goodman
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Kim Gordon
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Mike Huckabee
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George Hodgman
B Hod
Brandon Stanton
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Robert D Putnam
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Lynsey Addario
779.092 Add
Bruce Schneier
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Bill Gifford
613.2 Gif
Malala Yousafzai
Christina Lamb
303.625 You
Norman Doidge
612.8 Doi
Lena Dunham
791.45 Dun
Nicholas Irving
Gary Brozek
958.1047 Irv
David Axelrod
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Laura Hillenbrand
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