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#1 LEONARDO DA VINCI

Walter Isaacson

A biography of the Italian Renaissance polymath which connects his work in various disciplines.

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#2 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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#3 ENDURANCE

Scott Kelly

A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.

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#4 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#5 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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#6 THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD

Douglas Preston

A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.

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#7 BEING MORTAL

Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

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#8 WHAT IF?

Randall Munroe

Scientific (but often humorous) answers to hypothetical questions, based in part on the author’s website, xkcd.com.

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#9 THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES

Peter Wohlleben

A forester presents scientific research on the way trees interact with one another. A best seller in Germany.

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#10 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

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

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