Nonfiction Reader

History, science, nature, art history... Fans of nonfiction will find lots of inspiration on our shelves.

Agent M: The Lives and Spies of Mi5's Maxwell Knight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610396844
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 9th, 2017

Tegan says:

Fans of espionage tales will devour this true story about the spymaster who was the real-life inspiration for the James Bond character M. A sweeping look at British intelligence from the 1920s through the Cold War, it is full of fact-is-stranger-than-fiction details and astonishing original historical research using recently released documents.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389923
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2012

Bailey says:

Give this with Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman to make the perfect pair! Both beautifully written books by a neuroscientist will really open up your mind about the wonders of your brain and the questions we can never truly answer.  Incognito is all science in the most approachable manner. Incognito is a fun and somewhat interpersonally romantic read. Sum is a short fiction collection of vignettes each proposing a different possibility of what happens after we all inevitably die. These books were both so exciting and interesting to read! I recommend them to everyone!   

Rogue Heroes: The History of the Sas, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101904183
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Published: Broadway Books - August 29th, 2017

Wendee says:

The riveting, action-packed true life story of the Secret Air Service, an elite group of the World War II British military. With access to never-before released archives, Macintyre details the creation of this revolutionary strategic group that parachuted into the desert of North Africa, landing in the pitch black of night BEHIND Nazi troops, then sabotaging German airplanes, equipment and arsenals with bombs and grenades. Audacious personal stories of courage told in edge-of-seat style.

Leonardo Da Vinci Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

Janis says: 

Picture one of the greatest artists the world has ever known, and chances are Leonardo da Vinci is at the top. The works of art he left the world centuries ago are treasures still admired and studied today. Walter Isaacson, in his engrossing and fact-driven writing style, unveils arguably the most famous renaissance men, Leonardo da Vinci. A man whose insatiably curious mind drove his genius in all things - technology, philosophy, science, engineering, nature, life and art. This book has a permanent place on my personal bookshelves.

Judy says: 

This book is an outstanding in depth look into the artist, inventor and innovator that was da Vinci. As an art history major I thought I knew quite a bit about Leonardo, but Isaacson’s insights and wonderful writing taught me so much more.

Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250136015
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 26th, 2017

In 2016 Tegan said: Give this nuanced and well-researched history to WWII scholars, feminists, and anyone else open to a fresh perspective on the Occupation and Resistance.

Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594858000
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Published: Mountaineers Books - October 1st, 2016

Judy says: For the lover of nature and photography. Award winner Bannick has created this beautiful book that gives us an intimate look at the fantastic bird, the owl. 

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 6th, 2016

David says: This is a spectacular, well-researched and unbiased look at the Romans from its insignificant beginnings to the founding of a citizen-driven empire. Taking a backseat is the fall of Rome, a history which has been told and agonized over for 400 years. Instead, Mary Beard explores the ordinary lives of those who lived during the time including bankers, ex-slaves and Roman women. 

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade - April 8th, 2014

Lisa says: Powerful nonfiction account of life in a Mumbai slum. It reads like fiction and has powerful messages of life and death and hope. 

Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian Amiercan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616957605
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Published: Soho Press - October 11th, 2016

Lisa says: Memoir of a Nigerian American and his journey from childhood in Nigeria to the editor of African Commentary magazine in Massachusetts and teaching experiences in the US, Britain and Nigeria.  Full of fascinating insights and cultural comments.

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804140058
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Published: Broadway Books - August 2nd, 2016

In 2016, Wendee said: Written like a thriller, this is classic narrative nonfiction, rich in WW II atmosphere and plot. American doctor Sumner Jackson, his wife and son live in a Paris ground floor apartment on elegant Avenue Foch in sight of the German Gestapo. Here the Jacksons secretly work on behalf of the French Resistance. A true-to-life page turner. Perfect for history buffs and spy novel fans alike.