Adult Nonfiction

Adult Nonfiction

Nonfiction  Suggestions


#1 Recommendation – The Joy of Seafood – Barton Seaver

Dedicated to “everyone who has said ‘I’d love to eat more seafood, but I don’t know how to cook it,” Seaver’s delightful book presents clearly-worded recipes for nearly 100 fish species. Do you have a yen for “broiled halibut with blistered tomatoes” or “stir-fried tilapia with red onion and ginger?” The author’s writings direct you on a clear path toward creating those delicacies – and hundreds more. Detailed grilling instructions, combined with succulent sounding recipes, open a gateway to magnificent summer repasts. Bon Appetit!




What is a Girl Worth?: My Story About Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics – Rachael Denhollander

Plagued by Fire: the Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright – Paul Hendrickson

Kindness and Wonder: Why Mr. Rogers Matters more Now than Ever – Gavin Edwards


Controversy 101


Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law – James Stewart

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America – Beth Macy

It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans – David Shulkin

Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover – Ruth Marcus




Fire and Fortitude: the U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 – John McManus

Franklin and Washington: the Founding Partnership – Edward Larson

Gettysburg: the Last Invasion – Allen Guelzo

Lakota America: a New History of Indigenous Power – Pekka Hamalainen

The Darkest Year: the American Home Front, 1941-1942 – William Klingaman

The World of the Crusades: an Illustrated History – Christopher Tyerman


A Potpourri of American Topics


American Made: the Enduring Legacy of the WPA – Nick Taylor

The Day After: Why America Wins the War but Loses the Peace – Brendan Gallagher

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care, and How to Fix It – Marty Makary

Plants Go to War: a Botanical History of World War II – Judith Sumner


Reading about Our Pastimes


Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces – Jan Johnsen

Golf’s Life Lessons: 55 Inspirational Tales about Jack Nicklaus, etc. – Richard Allen

Joy of Cooking (Most recent edition – 600 new recipes, 4,000 revisions) – Irma Rombauer and others

Why We Quilt: Contemporary Makers Speak Out – Thomas Knauer


 Russian Studies


Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia – Joshua Yaffa

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War – Duncan White

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: the Post-war Struggle for Sovereignty – Norman Naimark

The Russian Job: the Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin – Douglas Smith