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November 18, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : Book Group Best Bets: Nonfiction

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Book Group Best Bets: Nonfiction

 

Here are some nonfiction titles picked for Book Group Best Bets. 

 

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A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of A Friendship

A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of A Friendship
Alvarez, Julia

In her signature warm and perceptive style, the author of In the Time of the Butterflies recounts her eye-opening experiences while visiting Haiti to attend a coffee farm employee’s wedding.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 14 copies

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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Anderson, Scott

More than a portrait of T. E. Lawrence, this rigorous group biography examines the lives of four men whose work and personalities shaped post–World War I and modern Middle East politics.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 18 copies

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To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
Beam, Cris

Journalist and foster parent Beam paints compassionate portraits of those touched by foster care—biological and foster parents, case workers and the kids themselves—while providing a sobering and nuanced analysis of a broken system.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: [life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity]

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: [life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity]
Boo, Katherine

Pulitzer Prize-winning Boo’s first book captures the abject poverty still rampant in Mumbai through the lives of four individuals living in slums near the airport.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 2 copies

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking
Cain, Susan

According to Cain, introverts comprise more than one-third of the population, yet they are often misunderstood. This thought-provoking book synthesizes scientific research and personal profiles to shed light on the talents and challenges of introverts.


Format: Book
Holds: 21 on 21 copies

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Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Chang, Jung

Beginning in 1861, Cixi ruled China as regent for four decades. Chang’s entertaining biography reexamines this long-maligned ruler and her contributions to the creation of modern China.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 12 copies

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Egan, Timothy

Celebrated Seattle portrait photographer Edward Curtis embarked on an ambitious project in 1896: to document the traditional cultures of all remaining Native American tribes. Egan’s moving biography lucidly illuminates the personal costs of his quest.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
Fagin, Dan

This chronicle of a dye manufacturing facility in Toms River, New Jersey, is an environmental thriller that is equal parts history, local politics, epidemiology and grassroots public health campaign.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 7 copies

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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-ravaged Hospital

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-ravaged Hospital
Fink, Sheri

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina severed all power and running water to New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital, with many patients and staff still inside. Fink’s engaging and atmospheric account describes subsequent events, ethical dilemmas and repercussions.


Format: Book
Holds: 10 on 13 copies

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The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
Hanagarne, Josh

A 6’7” weight-lifting Mormon with Tourette Syndrome, Hanagarne is not your typical librarian. With humor and honesty, he details his struggles to overcome his condition in this unusual and inspiring memoir.


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Holds: 1 on 9 copies

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