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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
Mar 23, 2015
Pioneer girl : the annotated autobiography Cover
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pamela Smith Hill
"Follows the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, [examining] sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder's fiction. Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources ... Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds ... context and leads readers through Wilder's growth as a writer"
B Wil
Mar 30, 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
Oct 20, 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
Mar 16, 2015
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
Mar 23, 2015
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
Nov 10, 2014
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions Cover
Randall Munroe
Millions of people visit 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
Sep 15, 2014
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
Oct 6, 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
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
Mar 23, 2015
Frank : a life in politics from the Great Society to same-sex marriage Cover
Barney Frank
The candid political memoir of Barney Frank, former House Representative from Massachusetts (Democrat) and a pioneering, openly gay politician.
ordered 022615
Mar 30, 2015
Where you go is not who you'll be : an antidote to the college admissions mania Cover
Frank Bruni
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. In this book, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
378.161 Bru
Mar 30, 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
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
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
Mar 23, 2015
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
Mar 30, 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
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
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
Dec 29, 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
Feb 23, 2015
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