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.

 

Biography

 

Just as I am: a memoir – Cicely Tyson

 

Kamala’s Way: an American life – Dan Morain

 

Speak, Okinawa: a memoir – Elizabeth Miki Brina

 

 

Cooking

 

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.

 

 

Environmentalism

 

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/Philosophy

 

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