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Beyond Bestsellers - Nonfiction

April - June 2017 Issue


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Akyol, Mustafa.  The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.
Armitage, David.  Civil Wars: A History in Ideas.

Bair, Deirdre.  Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend.
Baker, Kevin.  American the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World.
Barrett, Lisa Feldman.  How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.
Bellos, David.  The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables
Biello, David.  The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age
Bloom, Paul.  Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.
Brotton, Jerry.  The Sultan and the Queen: the Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam

Campisi, Charles.  Blue on Blue: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops
Carroll, Leah.  Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder
Czerski, Helen.  Storm in the Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.

Dann, Kevin.  Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau
Deutsch, Kevin.  Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire
Dickinson, Amy.  Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home.
Dolce, Joe.  Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

Egan, Dan.  The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Englund, Will.  March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution.
Epstein, Edward Jay.  How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft

Farrell, John A.  Richard Nixon: The Life.
Friedman, Thomas L.  Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
Fuller, Randall.  The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation.
Fulton, Sabrina.  Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

Gerwarth, Robert.  The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End.
Godfrey-Smith, Peter.  Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Hahn, Steven.  A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910
Hammond, Claudia.  Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How to Use It Better
Harding, Andrew.  The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia
Hatch, Steven.  Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story
Hegar, Mary Jennings.  Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front
Hughes-Wilson, John.  The Secret State: A History of Intelligence and Espionage.
Hustvedt, Siri.  A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

Isenberg, Noah.  We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie.

Jelly-Shapiro, Joshua.  Island People: The Caribbean and the World.

Kazin, Michael.  War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918
King, Coretta Scott.  My Life, My Love, My Legacy.
Knausgaard, Karl Ove.  Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game
Kolhatkar, Shellah.  Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street
Kurlansky, Mark.  Havana: A Subtropical Delirium.
Kwak, James.  Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality.

Lemmo, David.  Tarzan: Jungle King of Popular Culture.
Linder, Joselin.  The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future.
Liptrot, Amy.  The Outrun: A Memoir.
Lohman, Sarah.  Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine.

Malek, Alia.  The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria
Markey, Eileen.  A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura.
Masters, Alexander.  A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in the Trash
Merali, Zeeya.  A Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes
Merkin, Daphne.  This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression
Moran, Caitlin.  Moranifesto.
Myers, Marc.  Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits that Changed Rock, R&B and Pop.

Neilsen, Larry A.  Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World.

O’Loughlin, Sheryl.  Killing It!: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart.
Oliver, Mary.  Upstream: Selected Essays
Orr, David.  You, Too, Could Write a Poem: Selected Reviews and Essays, 2000-2015
Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk About Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes.  (Ed. by George Yancy) 

Pomfret, John.  The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present
Powers, Ron.  No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

Ricca, Brad.  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation
Rizvi, Ali A.  The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason
Roper, Lyndal.  Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet

Saldaña, Stephanie.  A Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide.
Schor, Esther.  Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language
Smith, Patricia.  Incendiary Art.  (poetry) 
Sorel, Edward.  Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936
Staiti, Paul.  Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters’ Eyes
Stamper, Kory.  Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Stubbs, John.  Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel.
Summers, Michael.  Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earth, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

Tallis, Nicola.  Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
Tara, Sylvia.  The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
Tarlo, Emma.  Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair
Taubes, Gary.  The Case Against Sugar
Tucker, Holly.  City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris.

Wadman, Meredith.  The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease
Warraich, Haider.  Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life.
Weatherford, Jack.  Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom.   
Webb, Amy.  The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream
Wideman, John Edgar.  Writing to Save a life: The Louis Till File
Wright, N. T.  The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion