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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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When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
Kalanithi, Paul

Having just completed his training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi learns that he has stage IV lung cancer. As he grapples with terminal illness, Kalanithi meditates on mortality and life's meaning from the unique perspective of doctor turned patient.


Format: Book
Holds: 29 on 41 copies

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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
Koul, Scaachi

Koul mines her life experiences as a first-generation Indian Canadian and a young woman of color in a series of humorous personal essays.


Format: Book
Holds: 11 on 31 copies

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Laing, Olivia

Alone in Manhattan, Laing asks: what does it mean to be lonely? She delves into the lives and work of artists Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz and others, witnessing how loneliness can inspire creativity.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 17 copies

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The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History
Mukherjee, Siddhartha

An expansive history of discovering genes and deciphering the genetic code includes ruminations on the social and ethical implications of genetic research throughout history and future implications.


Format: Book
Holds: 21 on 34 copies

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Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood
Noah, Trevor

Host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Noah was born to a black Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father. In a series of essays, he relates memories from growing up under apartheid.


Format: Book
Holds: 50 on 142 copies

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No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
Powers, Ron

Powers assembles a strong critique of mental health treatment in the U.S., made more poignant with deeply personal memories of his two schizophrenic sons.


Format: Book
Holds: 6 on 19 copies

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Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady

Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady
Quinn, Susan

Quinn delves into correspondence and other historic documents to tell the story of the close relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok, and their influences on each other and the nation.


Format: Book
Holds: 5 on 9 copies

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Rothstein, Richard

Drawing on extensive research of residential discrimination in the U.S., Rothstein sheds light on largely unacknowledged policies at all levels of government that helped sow the racial segregation that endures today.


Format: Book
Holds: 134 on 27 copies

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Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
Ruhlman, Michael

From corner stores to grocery chains, Ruhlman investigates the evolution of the American grocery store and how it impacts what we eat.


Format: Book
Holds: 6 on 19 copies

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Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space
Shetterly, Margot Lee

Shetterly relates the untold story of World War II-era African American female mathematicians hired as “human computers,” running calculations and testing theories that helped advance the American aviation industry.


Format: Book
Holds: 13 on 48 copies

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