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Non-Fiction

The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts

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The Perfect Horse: the Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazi’s by Elizabeth Letts In the chaotic last days of the war a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find.  His briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on ... Read More »

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

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I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong The microbiome is one of the most talked-about topics in modern science, but it’s a complex and evolving field with important nuances often missed by the media. Atlantic science writer Yong refines the natural history of these microscopic wonders and breaks down the cutting-edge ... Read More »

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

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Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance A Yale Law School graduate’s account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America’s angry white working class. “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash,” writes Vance, a biotech executive and National Review contributor. “I call them neighbors, friends, and family.” In ... Read More »

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

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American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation.  Readers of a certain age will be astonished that this case is more than 40 years old. So much has changed, ... Read More »

The Baseball Whisperer by Michael Tackett

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The Baseball Whisperer : a Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams by Michael Tackett Before Ozzie Smith ever heard the roar of excited Cardinal fans, he learned to listen carefully to the soft-spoken but demanding coach of an obscure semipro team playing ball among the cornfields surrounding Clarinda, Iowa. In chronicling the life of that coach – one Merl Eberly – ... Read More »

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick An account of the complicated middle years of the American Revolution that shares lesser-known insights into the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Read More »

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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The Gene: an Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.  By the author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Emperor of All ... Read More »

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren A memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father’s laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments. Read More »

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

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The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington The role of sleep as a cultural and historical unifier, the impact of sleep deprivation on health, and the science community’s recommendations for how to achieve more restorative sleep. Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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When Breath Becomes Air  by Paul Kalanithi Author and physician Kalanithi had nearly completed his residency in neurosurgery at Stanford when he was diagnosed with Stage lV lung cancer at the age of 36. Despite the stubborn progression of his disease, Kalanithi was able to write, work, and delve into a number of profound issues before the end of his ... Read More »