Adult Nonfiction

Adult Nonfiction

Nonfiction  Suggestions


#1 Recommendation –  The Oxford Illustrated History of the Book – James Raven, et al.

This splendid volume, the work of editor Raven and fifteen additional scholars, details human publications from the Sumerian cuneiform tablets of 3200 BC to contemporary e-Books. Beautifully enlivened by over 150 photographs and prints, the book contains a broad approach to its subject as it explores printing history in South Asia, the Islamic world, Classical Civilizations, Japan/China, as well as Europe and the Americas. Readers can consume this book cover to cover, or bounce over chapters as their interests dictate. Whatever the choice, they won’t regret opening this fascinating, fun, yet scholarly history.




Just as I am: a memoir – Cicely Tyson


Kamala’s Way: an American life – Dan Morain


Speak, Okinawa: a memoir – Elizabeth Miki Brina





The Vegan Meat Cookbook: 100 impossibly delicious, alternative meat recipes – Isabel Minunni


Low Sodium, Big Flavor: 125 recipes for daily meals plus pantry staples including dressings, condiments, spice blends and more – Lara Ferroni


American History


The American Home Front, 1941-42 – Alastair Cooke


When Women Invented Television: the untold story of the female powerhouses who pioneered the way we watch today – Jennifer Armstrong


The Black Church: this is our story – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.





How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: the solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need – Bill Gates


The Language of Butterfiles: how thieves, hoarders, scientists, and other obsessives unlocked the secrets of the world’s favorite insect – Wendy Williams





Religion and the Rise of Capitalism – Benjamin Friedman


Learning to Pray: a guide for everyone – James Martin


Do Better: spiritual activity for fighting and healing from white supremacy – Rachel Ricketts


The Bible, with and Without Jesus: how Jews and Christians read the same stories differently – Amy-Jill Levine



 Self Help


The Empathy Advantage: coaching children to be kind, respectful, and successful – Lynne Azarchi


Change Your Words, Change Your Life: understanding the power of every word you speak – Joyce Meyer


Together: the healing power of human connection in a sometimes lonely world – Vivek Murthy, MD



 True Crime

Two Truths and a Lie: a murder, a private investigator, and her search for justice


Till Murder do Us Part: true crime thrillers – James Patterson


We Keep the Dead Close: a murder at Harvard and a half-century of silence – Becky Cooper


Writing and Writers

Mastering the Process: from idea to novel – Elizabeth George


Cult Writers:  50 nonconformist novelists you need to know – Ian Haydn Smith