Hot Nonfiction for Summer 2016

June 3, 2016 | Kelli

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With the longer days and more time off, I find that summer is the best to time to catch up on my nonfiction reading. If you are like me and enjoy taking the time to read through a fascinating memoir, or an investigation into some aspect of history, science or social science, now is great time to place holds on some popular nonfiction books that you may want to read in the months ahead. 

Here are some of the recent published nonfiction books that are getting 'buzz':

Dark money The Gene Happiness equation Love loss and what we ate Mother's reckoning

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
A fascinating investigation into the growth of the radical right in the United States. Mayer reveals a network of wealthy people, led by the very private Koch brothers, that has been systematically influencing the United States government through their donations to think tanks and charitable organizations.
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The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukharjee
A magnificent biography of the gene by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Weaving science, social history and personal narrative, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates and choices.
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The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha
By the best-selling author of The Book of Awesome, Pasricha explains how to want nothing, do anything and have everything through his Nine Secrets of Happiness.
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Love, Loss and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi
A memoir by the host of the Emmy Award-winning Top Chef. Shuttling between continents as a child, Lakshmi's nomadic life style continued an adult. Yet, through all her travels, her favourite food remained the simple rice she first ate in her grandmother's kitchen in South India. This is account of her journey from that humble kitchen, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, to Top Chef and beyond.
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A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
The mother of one of the two shooters at the Columbine High School massacre draws on personal recollections, journal entries and video recordings to try to piece together the causes of her son's actions that terrible day in 1999. Read more about this book in the Book Buzz blog post: Columbine Killer: A Mother's Story.
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Originals Rainbow comes and goes Seven brief lessons on physics Spark joy When breath becomes air

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Grant uses studies and stories, spanning a range of disciplines, to explain how provocative thought leaders can champion originality in their organizations.   
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The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
After fashion designer and society icon Gloria Vanderbilt became seriously ill in 2015, her son journalist Anderson Cooper thought about their relationship and realized much was unsaid between them. Cooper set about to rectify this by beginning an email exchange with his mother that was both illuminating and  healing.
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carol Rovelli
Written by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory, Rovelli presents this introduction to modern physics by sharing seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.
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Spark  Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This follow-up to her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is an illustrated master manual on her renowned KonMari Method, with item-specific guidance and step-by-step folding illustrations.
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Paul Kalanithi was just about to finish his training as a neurosurgeon, when a CT scan confirmed what he had suspected -- he had stage four lung cancer. In this book, Kalanithi approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living that experience. 
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