Adult Nonfiction

Adult Nonfiction

Nonfiction  Suggestions


#1 Recommendation – Last Witnesses: an Oral History of the Children of World War II – Svetlana Alexievich

Victor Leshchinsky was six when the Nazis attacked the Soviet Union. At the end of his interview with Alexievich, he mused: “Were we really children? By the age of ten or eleven we were men and women.” Indeed they were. This haunting book captures the living hell Russian children endured during the Nazi invasion/occupation. As with her other works (The Unwomanly Face of War, Voices from Chernobyl), Alexievich carefully structures and arranges the interviews, immersing her readers in a slowly building crescendo of horror and inhumanity that intensifies with every page. While Last Witnesses is difficult to read, it is also an unforgettable recording of the Russian people’s oral tradition. This book will be on our shelves by mid-January.

American Civilization

No stopping us now: the adventures of older women in American history – Gail Collins

Beyond Charlottesville: taking a stand against white nationalism – Terry McAuliffe

Stonewall: the definitive story of the LGBTQ rights uprising that changed America – Martin Duberman

Making motherhood: how women manage careers and caregiving – Caitlyn Collins


Artistic, yet Practical, Textiles

Why we quilt: contemporary makers speak out about the power of art, activism, community, and creativity – Thomas Knauer

Modern patchwork home: dynamic quilts and projects for every home – Vivica Hansen Denegre

Greetings from knit café – Suzan Mischer

The weaving explorer – ingenious techniques, accessible tools, & creative projects with yarn, paper, wire, and more – Deborah Jarchow


Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on life, love, liberty, and law – Jeffrey Rosen

Mary Ball Washington: the untold story of George Washington’s mother – Craig Shirley

Mr. Straight Arrow: the career of John Hersey, author of “Hiroshima” – Jeremy Treglown

Love thy neighbor: a Muslim doctor’s struggle for home in Rural America – Ayaz Virji



The side dish bible : 1001 perfect recipes for every vegetable, rice, grain, and bean dish you’ll ever need – America’s Test Kitchen
Skillet love : from steak to cake : more than 150 recipes in one cast-iron pan – America’s Test Kitchen
The joy of seafood : the all-purpose seafood cookbook with more than 900 recipes – Barton Seaver
The food of Sichuan – Fuchsia Dunlap



War and Peace:  FDR’s final odyssey, D-day to Yalta, 1943-45 – Nigel Hamilton

Vicksburg: Grant’s campaign that broke the Confederacy – Donald L. Miller

The Greatest Fury: the Battle for New Orleans and the rebirth of America – William C. Davis

Honorable Exist: how a few brave Americans risked all to save our Vietnamese allies at the end of the war – Thurston Clarke

The Puritans: a transatlantic history – David D. Hall

Religion in America

God Land: a story of faith, loss, and renewal in Middle America – Lyz Lenz

Sacred Liberty: America’s long, bloody, and ongoing struggle for religious freedom – Steven Waldman

Persecution and Toleration: the long road to religious freedom – Noel Johnson and Mark Koyama


Seeking Warmth – Travel Books

Frommer’s Bermuda – David LaHuta

Detours: a de-colonial guide to Hawai’I – Hokulani Aikau

The unofficial guide to Las Vegas 2020 – Bob Sehlinger

The unofficial guide to Walt Disney world with kids, 2020 – Bob Sehlinger