Books
Biography
Ansari, Aziz     
Modern romance
The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.


Beckert, Sven     
Empire of cotton : a global history
The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.


Browder, Bill     
Red notice : a true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.


Brownstein, Carrie     
Hunger makes me a modern girl : a memoir
Before Carrie Brownstein co-developed and starred in the TV comedy "Portlandia," she was an icon to young women for her role as a musician in the feminist punk band Sleater-Kinney. The band was a key part of the early riot-grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest, known for their prodigious guitar-shredding and their leftist lyrics against war, traditionalism, and gender roles. "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" is the deeply personal and revealing narrative of Brownstein's life in music, from ardent fan to pioneering female guitarist to comedic performer and luminary in the independent rock world.


Coates, Ta-Nehisi     
Between the world and me
What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? "Between the World and Me" is Coates' attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.


Finnegan, William     
Barbarian days : a surfing life
Describes the author's experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.


Gessen, Masha     
The brothers : the road to an American tragedy
In an effort to determine why the atrocity occurred, the author traces the lives of the two immigrant brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.


Julavits, Heidi     
The folded clock : a diary
A raucous, deliriously smart diary of two years in the life of the incomparable Heidi Julavits. Like many young people, Heidi Julavits kept a diary. Decades later she found her old diaries in a storage bin, and hoped to discover the early evidence of the person (and writer) she'd since become. Now she chronicles her daily life as a forty-something woman, wife, mother, and writer.


Krakauer, Jon     
Missoula : rape and the justice system in a college town
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana, stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.


Larson, Erik     
Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania
The #1 New York Times best-selling author of "In the Garden of Beasts" presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy, and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.


Leovy, Jill     
Ghettoside : a true story of murder in America
Jill Leovy, crime reporter for the LA Times, examines why the homicide rates for blacks in America are so much higher than any other ethnic group.


Macdonald, Helen     
H is for Hawk
An award-winning best-seller from the UK recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.


McCullough, David G     
The Wright brothers
On December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why? David McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the two brothers who changed the world.


Montgomery, Sy     
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness
In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir "The Good Good Pig," Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.


Schiff, Stacy     
The witches : Salem, 1692
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Cleopatra" analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events and to explain how its tragedies became possible.


Seierstad, Åsne     
One of us : the story of Anders Breivik and the massacre in Norway
Journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the story of Anders Behring Breivik, who on July 22, 2011, detonated a bomb outside the Norwegian prime minister's office in central Oslo, killing eight people. Breivik then proceeded to a youth camp on the wooded island of Utøya, where he killed sixty-nine more.


  Last updated May 2016