Adult Nonfiction

Adult Nonfiction

Nonfiction  Suggestions

September 2019 – December 2019


“Read” of the Fall Season – Around and About – by Richard Benedetto


Utica native Richard Benedetto’s career started at the Observer-Dispatch, where he wrote the popular human interest column, “Around and About” for three years. This book is a compilation of those columns. Benedetto’s excellent writing/reporting captures rich vignettes of life in his home city. You will love these stories of Uticans from all walks of life.


Benedetto’s talents earned him the coveted position of White House correspondent for USA Today, a newspaper he helped start. Currently, he teaches journalism and politics at American University and George Mason University.



American History


The Karl Muck Scandal: Classical Music and Xenophobia in World War I America – Melissa Burrage

Stonewall: the Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America – Martin Duberman

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

VC: an American History – Tom Nicholas – “VC” stands for venture capitalism.

Copyrighting God: Ownership of the Sacred in American Religion – Andrew Ventimiglia


Contemporary Issues


The Enemy of the People: a Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America – Jim Acosta

The Snow Leopard Project: and Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation – Alex Dehgan

The Mueller Report – Robert Mueller et. al.

Love Thy Neighbor: a Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America – Ayaz Virgi




Sweet Nature: a Cook’s Guide to Using Honey and Maple Syrup – Beth Dooley

Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook – Madhur Jaffrey

Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets, & Treats: Over 100 Recipes and Ideas for Low Carb Breads, Cakes, Cookies, & More – Urvashi Pitre

The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke and Cure the World’s Most Epic Cut of Meat – Steven Raichlen


Political Science


Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Regime until the Present Day – Sheri Berman

The Nonsense Factory: the Making and Breaking of the American Legal System – Bruce Gibney

Empires of the Mind: the Colonial Past and Politics of the Present – Robert Gildea

The Heartland: an American History – Kristen Hoganson





The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on the Global Stage – Lewis Erenberg

The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies (J) – Andrea Mills

The Great American Sports Page: a Century of Classic Columns from Ring Lardner to Sally Jenkins – John Schulian


True Crime


American Predator: the Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century – Maureen Callahan

The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter – John Douglas

Say Nothing: a True Story Behind Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland  – Patrick Keefe