Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Non-Fiction Page Turners

Mix and Match
Recently added titles include memoirs, 'sciencey' specials, exposés, history reads, and a spiritual title or two.

Decision Points by George W. Bush
In this long-awaited memoir, our former president offers a candid journey through the defining decisions of his life and presidency. Expect must-read, bestseller status tout suite.

Chasing the Sun : the Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life by Richard Cohen
The author, formerly a publisher, takes us around the world to illuminate our cultural relationship with the sun. Click here for an overview of the book by NPR's Science Correspondent, Robert Krulwich.

Matt Taibbi's Griftopia serves up no-holds-barred explanations of what led up to 2008's financial crisis and the bubbles that came before. Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone.

C Street by Jeff Sharlet (see also 2008's The Family) explores life in the 'C Street House,' a Washington, D.C., Christian fellowship home shared by a number of conservative politicians.

In The Difficulty of Being Good Gurcharan Das asks and answers the questions 'Why and how should we be good?' within the framework of a 2,000 year-old Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata, which includes the better-known Bhagavad Gita.

Former CIGNA PR specialist, Wendell Potter, offers an insider perspective on the American health care system in Deadly Spin. Also try 2009's broader title, The Healing of America, by T.R. Reid.

UFO's often go together with conspiracy theories. Try Leslie Kean's UFO title or Flying Saucers & Science by Stanton T. Friedman.

Civil War
April 12, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. As we approach the Sesquicentennial Commemoration, we recommend two new titles about the North-South conflict's pre-history and a unique title about Civil War spies.

Driven West : Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War by A.J. Langguth
Manifest Destinies : America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War by Steven E. Woodworth
Stealing Secrets : How a Few Daring Women Changed the Fate of the Civil War by H. Donald Winkler. Pair this one with 2002's They Fought Like Demons by DeAnne Blanton & Lauren M. Cook.