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#1 ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY

Neil deGrasse Tyson

A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the laws that govern the universe.

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#2 HIDDEN FIGURES

Margot Lee Shetterly

The story of the black women mathematicians at then-segregated NASA and its precursor. The basis of the movie.

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#3 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Rebecca Skloot

The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951. Originally published in 2010 and the basis of the HBO movie.

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#4 WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Paul Kalanithi

A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

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#5 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#6 THE RADIUM GIRLS

Kate Moore

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#7 BEHAVE

Robert M Sapolsky

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#8 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices.

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#9 THE GENE

Siddhartha Mukherjee

An overview of the history and science of genetics by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

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#10 DRAWDOWN

edited Paul Hawken

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