• NON-FICTION BOOK LIST (BY INTEREST)

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    ABUSE:

     

    Burroughs, Augusten.  Running With Scissors. (Sexual/physical)

    Pelzer, Dave. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family (foster child)

    Rhodes-Courter, Ashley. Three Little Words: A Memoir. (Foster care)

    ANIMALS:

    Bradley, Carol.  Saving Gracie:  How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Milles (dogs)

    Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: An American Legend. (Horse)

    Hoose, Phillip M. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. (Extinction/bird)

     

    ART:

    Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan.  Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist.  (Van Gogh artist)

    BUSINESS: 

    Gladwell, Malcolm.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.  (Brain processes)

    Gladwell, Malcolm.  Outliers: The Story of Success.   (Achieving)

    Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs. (Steve Jobs Microsoft)

    Wyly, Sam.  1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire.  (Get rich schemes)
     

    FAMOUS MEN:


    Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan.  Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist. (Van Gogh artist)

    Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs.  (Steve Jobs Microsoft)

    Sales, Nancy Jo.  The Bling Ring:  How a Gang of - --*Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World (Hollywood)

    Luttrell, Marcus. Lone Survivor: the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10. (Navy Seals)

    O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever. (John Wilkes Booth)

    Weisel, Elie. Night. (Holocaust)
     

    FAMOUS WOMEN: 

    Angelo, Bonnie.  First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents. (President’s mothers)

    Clinton, Hillary Rodham.  Living History. (Hillary Clinton)

    GRAPHIC NOVELS: 

    Sartrapi, Marjane. Persepolis (Graphic non-fiction). (Islamic regime)

    Small, David. Stitches: A Memoir. (author/cancer)

    Spiegelman, Art. Maus (Holocaust)

     

     

    GROUPS/CLANS/TERRORISTS: 

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group.

    (KKK)

    Clarke, Richard A.  Against all Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror. (al Queda/America)

    Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations – One School at a Time. (Fighting Terrorism)

    Sartrapi, Marjane. Persepolis (Graphic non-fiction).

     

    HISTORICAL EVENTS: 

    McCullough, David. The Johnstown Flood. (Johnstown Flood)

    O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever. (John Wilkes Booth)


     

     

    JOURNEY/LIFE EXPERIENCE:

    Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. (Alaska/Wilderness)

    Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest. (Mt. Everest)

    Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations – One School at a Time. (Fighting Terrorism)

    Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir. (writer)

    Sparks, Nicholas and Micah Sparks.  Three Weeks With My Brother.  (traveling/adventure)

    Wolfe, Tom.  The Electric Kool-Aid Test.

    (novelist)

     

    MOTIVATIONAL: 

    Ariely, Dan.  The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. (Habits/tips)

    Blanco, Jodee.  Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman’s Inspirational Story. (Bullying)

    Eggers, Dave.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Mistakes we Knew we Were Making: Notes, Corrections, Clarifications, Apologies, Addenda. (Learn from mistakes)

    Gilbert, Elizabeth. Eat. Pray. Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.  (spiritual journey)

    Gladwell, Malcolm.  Outliers: The Story of Success.  (Achieving)

    Pink, Daniel.  Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  (High performance)
     
     

    MURDER/DEATH: 

    Crowe, Chris. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. (Emmett Till)

    Gourley, Catherine. The Horrors of Andersonville – Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison. (Civil War/prison)

    Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.  

    (Chicago serial killer)

    Van Ryn, Susie and Don. Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope. (Bodies swapped)

     

     

     


    ROMANCE/LOVE

    Clark, Mary Higgins.  Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington (George Washington)

    The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story by Kim Carpenter, John Perry, Krickett Carpenter (Coma)

    SLAVERY/FREEDOM: 

    Aronson, Marc.  Sugar Changed the World: a Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science. (Sugar)

    Crowe, Chris. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. (Emmett Till)

    Ellis, Deborah.  Kids of Kabul:  Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War (Kabul)

    Tzemach Lemmon, Gayle. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe. (Taliban)

     

    SCIENCE/EDUCATION:  

    Adichie, Chimamanda Nogozi.  We Should All Be Feminist. (Feminism)

    Alexander, Eben.  Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. (Spirituality)

    Aronson, Marc.  Sugar Changed the World: a Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science. (Sugar)

    * Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel and Sonu Shamdasani.  The Freud Files:  An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis

    Brown, Mike. How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming  (Planets)

    Dawkins, Richard.  The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. (Evolution)

    Dawkins, Richard.  The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe with without Design. (Evolution)

    Gawande, Atul.  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Medicine)

    Gladwell, Malcolm.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.  (Brain processes)

    Henig, Robin Marantz.  Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution. (test tube babies)

    Hickam, Jr. Homer H. Rocket Boys: A Memoir (NASA engineer)

    Hoose, Phillip M. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. (Extinction/bird)

    Nye, Bill.  Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Save the World (on order)

    Rothman, Tony.  Instant Physics: from Aristotle to Einstein and Beyond. (Physics)

    Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. (Health/Eating)

    Skloot, Rebecca.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (cancer/STD)

    Zubrin, Robert.  The Case For Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and why we Must. (Mars)

     

    SPIRITUAL:  

    Alexander, Eben.  Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. (Spirituality)

    Gilbert, Elizabeth. Eat. Pray. Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. (Spiritual journey)

    Strelecky, John P.  The Why Café (Soul Searching)

     

     


    SPORTS:  

    Brees, Drew. Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity (Football)

    Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. (track/war)



     


     

    STRUGGLE/POVERTY/FINDING ONESELF:  

    Cain, Susan.  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Introverts)

    Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America. (Living poor)

    Eggers, Dave.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Mistakes we Knew we Were Making: Notes, Corrections, Clarifications, Apologies, Addenda.  (Learn from mistakes)

    Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. (Alaska/Wilderness)

    Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest. (Mt. Everest)

    Munroe, Randall. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurb Hypothetical Questions (Science)

    Pelzer, Dave. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family (sequel to A Child Called It) = (Foster child)

    Skloot, Rebecca.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (Cancer/STD)

    Small, David. Stitches: A Memoir. (Author/cancer)

    Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. (Growing up poor/alcohol)

    WAR:

    Ambrose, Stephen E. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to

    Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.  (WWII)

    Beah, Ishmael.  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldiers. (Sierra Leone)

    Clarke, Richard A.  Against all Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.  (al Queda/America)

    Gourley, Catherine. The Horrors of Andersonville – Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison. (Civil War/prison)

    Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (track/war)

    Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and James. D.  Farewell to Mazanar:  A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment (Japanese WWII)

    Larson, Erik. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. (Hitler/Berlin)

    Luttrell, Marcus. Lone Survivor: the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10. (Navy Seals)

    Owen, Mark.  No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL: the firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden (Navy Seals)

    Santoli, Al.  Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War. (on order at Titlewave)

    Smithson, Ryan. Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI.  (GI soldier army)

    Spiegelman, Art. Maus (paired with Elie Wiesel’s Night)  (Holocaust)

    Weisel, Elie. Night. (Holocaust)

     

    ALSO ON THE SUMMER READING LIST:

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group.

    (KKK)

    Brown, Mike. How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming  (Planets)

     

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