Hot Nonfiction: Place Your Holds Now!

November 25, 2016 | Kelli

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There are so many excellent nonfiction books available at the moment that it is difficult to decide which to read first!  

If you prefer to read nonfiction, or perhaps have a nonfiction reader on your gift list, have a look at this list of some of the recently books that are popular right now.

 

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a changing world by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Told with humour and compassion, these two friends discuss how joy can become an enduring way of being.
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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Beginning in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, Springsteen starts this memoir with his memories of his family and friends and how they constantly struggled to get by. While many of the events covered in the book will be well known to Springsteen fans, this is an opportunity to read about them from Springsteen's own point of view.
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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer and star, tells stories from her teenage years, her family, her relationships and the experiences that have shaped her.
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Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The hip-hop musical Hamilton: The Revolution has been an incredible success. This is the story of the obstacles, influences and inspirational moments that occurred in the creation of the this Broadway hit. The soundtrack from this Tony Award-winning musical is also available to borrow in CD and digitally on Hoopla
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The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
In this vivid glimpse into the secret world of trees, Wohlleben reports on research from scientists around the world who are examining how trees communicate and interact with one another. 
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
The Vance family story begins with J. D.'s grandparents who moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to escape the dreadful poverty of that area.  Settling in Ohio, they appear to raise a successful middle-class family. In reality, the family struggled with the demands of their new middle-class life and were never able to fully escape the impact of their family history. 
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval N. Harari
Harari examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between.  In this book, he asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? How will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? 
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
An award-winning geochemist and geobiologist with a love of language, Jahren's memoir is both compelling and enlightening. She manages to combine her struggles as a woman scientist with the marvels of plants, and describes her collaboration with her partner Bill, in mischief, hard work and discovery.
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Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John Le Carré
Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command, Le Carré endows each event in his memoir with vividness and humour. He also gives us a peek at his journey as a writer and his own hunt for the human spirit that has given so much life to his fictional characters.
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The Science of Why: Answers to the Questions About the World Around Us by Jay Ingram
Acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram is here to put our scientific quandaries to rest. Jay shares his favorite head-scratchers and mind-benders. Whimsically illustrated and chock-full of fun science facts (and fictions), this book will appeal to anyone's inner science geek.
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