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Book Group Best Bets: Nonfiction

 

These thought-provoking, recently published nonfiction titles are sure to spark some spirited discussions in your book group.

 

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
Alexie, Sherman

Through prose and poetry, Alexie grieves his mother’s death, considers her complicated legacy in his life and on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and reflects on his journey as a writer.


Format: Book
Holds: 71 on 163 copies

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The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
Cozzens, Peter

Military historian Cozzens strives for balance with this detailed account of the western Indian Wars, and makes a conscious effort to include perspectives left out of Dee Brown's influential 1970 work, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.


Format: Book
Holds: 7 on 18 copies

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The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession With A Lost Masterpiece

The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession With A Lost Masterpiece
Cumming, Laura

Combining art history, biography, and mystery, Cumming tells the story of a 19th century bookseller who suffered personal and professional ruin through his lifelong obsession with authenticating a painting by Diego Velázquez.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 9 copies

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Desmond, Matthew

Through the stories of eight families facing eviction, Desmond paints a devastating portrait of the perpetual disadvantages that burden the poorest among us.


Format: Book
Holds: 284 on 254 copies

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Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India
Gidla, Sujatha

Gidla weaves together memoir with India’s modern political history. Born into an “untouchable” family in the Indian caste system, she describes familial attempts to escape their caste through education, alcohol and the Communist Party.


Format: Book
Holds: 15 on 13 copies

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Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
Glidden, Sarah

Glidden’s hand-drawn and watercolored illustrations accompany stories of the Iraq War’s effects on residents of the Middle East, collected by journalists from The Seattle Globalist during a two-month journey through Turkey, Syria and Iraq.


Format: Graphic Novel
Holds: 1 on 10 copies

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Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World

Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World
Grant, Adam M.

Delving into wide-ranging examples and studies, Grant examines what sets innovators apart, and what the rest of us can learn from them in order to nurture our own original ideas.


Format: Book
Holds: 10 on 29 copies

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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936/1939
Hochschild, Adam

Award-winning author Hochschild’s collective biography profiles Americans who fought in, or reported on, both sides of the Spanish Civil War.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 19 copies

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Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
Jaffe, Sarah

Jaffe probes recent political movements like the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter as she attempts to explain why so many Americans have turned to activism in the past decade.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 12 copies

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Lab Girl

Lab Girl
Jahren, Hope

More than just a chronicle of the adventures and challenges of a woman scientist, Jahren’s memoir is a heartwarming tribute to her steadfast lab partner, Bill, and a fascinating peek into the scientific research about which she is so passionate.


Format: Book
Holds: 12 on 47 copies

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