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Seattle Picks: Book Group Best Bets--Nonfiction

A Wedding in Haiti
A Wedding in Haiti The Story of A Friendship By Alvarez, Julia (Book - 2012 ) 818.5403 AL866A 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In her signature warm and perceptive style, the author of In the Time of the Butterflies recounts her eye-opening experiences while visiting Haiti to attend a coffee farm employee’s wedding.

Lawrence in Arabia
Lawrence in Arabia War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East By Anderson, Scott (Book - 2013 ) 940.41241 L438A 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 14 on 39 copies

Annotation:More than a portrait of T. E. Lawrence, this rigorous group biography examines the lives of four men whose work and personalities shaped post–World War I and modern Middle East politics.

To the End of June
To the End of June The Intimate Life of American Foster Care By Beam, Cris (Book - 2013 ) 362.73309 B37T 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:Journalist and foster parent Beam paints compassionate portraits of those touched by foster care—biological and foster parents, case workers and the kids themselves—while providing a sobering and nuanced analysis of a broken system.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Behind the Beautiful Forevers [life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity] By Boo, Katherine (Book - 2012 ) 305.56909 B64417B 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 19 on 30 copies

Annotation:Pulitzer Prize-winning Boo’s first book captures the abject poverty still rampant in Mumbai through the lives of four individuals living in slums near the airport.

Quiet
Quiet The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking By Cain, Susan (Book - 2012 ) 155.232 C1233Q 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 77 on 75 copies

Annotation:According to Cain, introverts comprise more than one-third of the population, yet they are often misunderstood. This thought-provoking book synthesizes scientific research and personal profiles to shed light on the talents and challenges of introverts.

Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi The Concubine Who Launched Modern China By Chang, Jung (Book - 2013 ) B C4999C 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 13 copies

Annotation:Beginning in 1861, Cixi ruled China as regent for four decades. Chang’s entertaining biography reexamines this long-maligned ruler and her contributions to the creation of modern China.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis By Egan, Timothy (Book - 2012 ) 770.92 C942E 2012 In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 25 on 33 copies

Annotation:Celebrated Seattle portrait photographer Edward Curtis embarked on an ambitious project in 1896: to document the traditional cultures of all remaining Native American tribes. Egan’s moving biography lucidly illuminates the personal costs of his quest.

Toms River
Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation By Fagin, Dan (Book - 2013 ) 363.72097 F136T 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 8 copies

Annotation:This chronicle of a dye manufacturing facility in Toms River, New Jersey, is an environmental thriller that is equal parts history, local politics, epidemiology and grassroots public health campaign.

Five Days at Memorial
Five Days at Memorial Life and Death in A Storm-ravaged Hospital By Fink, Sheri (Book - 2013 ) 362.11097 M5194F 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 22 on 37 copies

Annotation:In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina severed all power and running water to New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital, with many patients and staff still inside. Fink’s engaging and atmospheric account describes subsequent events, ethical dilemmas and repercussions.

The Song of the Ape
The Song of the Ape Understanding the Languages of Chimpanzees By Halloran, Andrew R. (Book - 2012 ) 599.885 H158S 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Halloran, a primatologist at the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy in Nicaragua, conducted an in-depth study of how chimpanzees communicate. His captivating account reveals not only their language but also each chimp’s unique personality.

The World's Strongest Librarian
The World's Strongest Librarian A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family By Hanagarne, Josh (Book - 2013 ) 020.92 H1908H 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 13 copies

Annotation:A 6’7” weight-lifting Mormon with Tourette Syndrome, Hanagarne is not your typical librarian. With humor and honesty, he details his struggles to overcome his condition in this unusual and inspiring memoir.

The Girls of Atomic City
The Girls of Atomic City The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II By Kiernan, Denise (Book - 2013 ) 976.873 K546G 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 15 on 24 copies

Annotation:In 1942, the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee sprang up overnight, a secret city of 75,000 with one secret goal: enrich uranium. Kiernan creates a compelling narrative of the largely female workforce and their role in developing atomic fusion.

The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History By Kolbert, Elizabeth (Book - 2014 ) 576.84 K831S 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 95 on 78 copies

Annotation:Scientists believe there have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history and that we are likely heading toward a sixth. Journalist Kolbert’s investigation of this human-caused calamity is accessible, scientifically accurate and thought-provoking.

The Family
The Family Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century By Laskin, David (Book - 2013 ) 929.20973 L3354F 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 29 copies

Annotation:Laskin’s epic and richly detailed narrative traces the major arcs of 20th-century Jewish experience—immigration to America, the Holocaust and the founding of Israel—through three branches of his own family tree.

The End of your Life Book Club
The End of your Life Book Club By Schwalbe, Will (Book - 2012 ) 616.994 Sch93E 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 30 copies

Annotation:As Schwalbe accompanied his mother to chemotherapy sessions and doctor visits, they read and discussed books, characters and themes that connected to their lives. For lovers of books, memoirs and stories about families.

Sally Ride
Sally Ride America's First Woman in Space By Sherr, Lynn (Book - 2014 ) B R433S 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 16 on 7 copies

Annotation:This definitive biography traces Ride’s life and career, and also provides a history of the American space program and notes the challenges facing aspiring female astronauts and LGBT scientists today.

Little Failure
Little Failure A Memoir By Shteyngart, Gary (Book - 2014 ) B Sh88S 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 47 copies

Annotation:With the same melancholy, self-deprecating humor that characterizes his fiction, Russian-American novelist Shteyngart chronicles his experiences adapting to American culture, from his misfit youth in New York City to his gradual emergence as an author.

Writing on the Wall
Writing on the Wall Social Media, the First Two Thousand Years By Standage, Tom (Book - 2013 ) 302.2309 St241W 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Think social media is a 21st-century phenomenon? Think again. The Economist’s digital editor draws insightful connections between various forms of human communication across the centuries to make a compelling case that “history retweets itself.”

Wild
Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail By Strayed, Cheryl (Book - 2012 ) B St829S 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 350 on 65 copies

Annotation:At a time of emotional crisis, the author (who had never carried a backpack) challenges herself to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. She chronicles lessons learned on the grueling, beautiful journey.

Rez Life
Rez Life An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life By Treuer, David (Book - 2012 ) 323.1197 T726T 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 11 copies

Annotation:Novelist Treuer brings a lyrical style to his overview of life on Native American reservations, combining personal memoir (he grew up on Leech Lake Reservation) and broader history into a gritty, moving narrative.

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