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Book Group Best Bets: Nonfiction

 

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

 

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Kiernan, Denise

In 1942, the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee sprang up overnight, a secret city of 75,000 with one secret goal: enrich uranium. Kiernan creates a compelling narrative of the largely female workforce and their role in developing atomic fusion.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 18 copies

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Kolbert, Elizabeth

Scientists believe there have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history and that we are likely heading toward a sixth. Journalist Kolbert’s investigation of this human-caused calamity is accessible, scientifically accurate and thought-provoking.


Format: Book
Holds: 9 on 24 copies

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The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
Laskin, David

Laskin’s epic and richly detailed narrative traces the major arcs of 20th-century Jewish experience—immigration to America, the Holocaust and the founding of Israel—through three branches of his own family tree.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 17 copies

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The End of your Life Book Club

The End of your Life Book Club
Schwalbe, Will

As Schwalbe accompanied his mother to chemotherapy sessions and doctor visits, they read and discussed books, characters and themes that connected to their lives. For lovers of books, memoirs and stories about families.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 18 copies

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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
Sherr, Lynn

This definitive biography traces Ride’s life and career, and also provides a history of the American space program and notes the challenges facing aspiring female astronauts and LGBT scientists today.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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Little Failure: A Memoir

Little Failure: A Memoir
Shteyngart, Gary

With the same melancholy, self-deprecating humor that characterizes his fiction, Russian-American novelist Shteyngart chronicles his experiences adapting to American culture, from his misfit youth in New York City to his gradual emergence as an author.


Format: Book
Holds: 5 on 19 copies

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Writing on the Wall: Social Media, the First Two Thousand Years

Writing on the Wall: Social Media, the First Two Thousand Years
Standage, Tom

Think social media is a 21st-century phenomenon? Think again. The Economist’s digital editor draws insightful connections between various forms of human communication across the centuries to make a compelling case that “history retweets itself.”


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Strayed, Cheryl

At a time of emotional crisis, the author (who had never carried a backpack) challenges herself to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. She chronicles lessons learned on the grueling, beautiful journey.


Format: Book
Holds: 5 on 33 copies

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Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life

Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life
Treuer, David

Novelist Treuer brings a lyrical style to his overview of life on Native American reservations, combining personal memoir (he grew up on Leech Lake Reservation) and broader history into a gritty, moving narrative."


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 10 copies

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