One of the most popular Adult Summer Reading Challenge categories has been to read a nonfiction book. You truly can “travel” with a variety of true stories! Below is just a small assortment of what participants have been reading for this summer reading challenge category.
Spirit Run by Noé Álvarez
A debut memoir by the son of working-class Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State, membership in the Peace and Dignity Journeys movement and competition in the Native American cultural marathon from Canada to Guatemala.
Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds by Ian Wright
An atlas of 100 infographic maps that reveal something surprising about our world–how many countries have bigger economies than California; who drives on the wrong side of the road; and where you can find lions in the wild–all offering little-known insights and analysis about our world
Emperor Of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, covering such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.
Never Home Alone by Rob Dunn
Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Presents a true account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
The co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM, award-winning poet and author of Prelude to Bruise documents his coming-of-age as a young, gay, black man in an American South at a crossroads of sex, race and power.
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
In the gripping true crime story, three courageous and strong sisters band together to escape their sadistic mother’s unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture and psychic terrors, which resulted in multiple murders.