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.

King Peggy
King Peggy An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed An African Village By Bartels, Peggielene (Book - 2011 ) 966.7 B2817B 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bartels, a secretary in Washington, D.C., receives an unexpected phone call notifying her that she has been chosen to replace her dead uncle as king in Otuam, a small coastal town in Ghana. She accepts.

Father's Day
Father's Day A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son By Bissinger, H. G. (Book - 2012 ) B B544B 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bissinger goes on a cross-country road trip with his 24-year-old savant son Zach in order to get to know him better and also to deal with his own feelings of parental inadequacy.

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: 22 on 35 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.

Across Many Mountains
Across Many Mountains A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey From Oppression to Freedom By Brauen, Yangzom (Book - 2011 ) 305.89541 B7378B 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 6 copies

Annotation:A century of Tibetan history marks three generations of women: their harrowing flight from the Red Army invasion of 1959, their experiences in a refugee camp and their lives in India, Switzerland and America.

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: 57 on 77 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.

The Hare With Amber Eyes
The Hare With Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss By De Waal, Edmund (Book - 2010 ) B D51D 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 18 on 28 copies

Annotation:In this evocative family memoir, the author inherits an art collection (saved from the Nazis by a servant), prompting him to research his family’s history in 20th-century Paris, Vienna, Tokyo and Odessa.

Moonwalking With Einstein
Moonwalking With Einstein The Art and Science of Remembering Everything By Foer, Joshua (Book - 2011 ) 153.14 F684M 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 28 copies

Annotation:Foer, a science journalist, takes an entertaining look at how the human brain works and the nature of memory. He focuses on the “mental athletes” in the U.S. Memory Championship, and their successful memorization techniques.

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness By Fuller, Alexandra (Book - 2011 ) 968.9104 F9592F 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 27 copies

Annotation:In this free-standing companion to her popular memoir Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller paints a vivid, affecting portrait of her mother Nicola and her passionate attachment to the African continent.

The Swerve
The Swerve How the World Became Modern By Greenblatt, Stephen (Book - 2011 ) 940.21 L964G 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 15 on 27 copies

Annotation:A Harvard professor offers a fascinating account of how the re-discovery of an ancient Roman manuscript – with radical ideas about the universe being comprised of tiny particles – sparked the Renaissance. Winner of the National Book Award.

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.

Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great Portrait of A Woman By Massie, Robert K. (Book - 2011 ) B C2861M 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 0 copies

Annotation:Massie narrates the drama and intrigue involved in Catherine’s seizure of the Russian crown from her husband and of her long reign as a benevolent Empress who longed to build an enlightened Russia.

The Greater Journey
The Greater Journey Americans in Paris By McCullough, David G. (Book - 2011 ) 920.00921 M1395G 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 24 copies

Annotation:During the Victorian era, Americans went to Paris to rub elbows with the rich and famous and to embrace the unusual. McCullough’s biographical sketches animate this City of Light.

The Emperor of All Maladies
The Emperor of All Maladies A Biography of Cancer By Mukherjee, Siddhartha (Book - 2010 ) 616.994 M8968E 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 24 on 26 copies

Annotation:This Pulitzer Prize-winning book traces the human history of cancer: the tragedies, the trail of victories as treatments are discovered and the continuing fight against this evil king of all ailments.

The Grace of Silence
The Grace of Silence By Norris, Michele (Book - 2010 ) B N795N 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:Tracing her own family’s experience with racism, NPR host Norris opens the painful subject of her father’s shooting in 1946 – a presaging of Civil Rights protests – and discovers how this period still shapes our thinking.

Shakespeare in Kabul
Shakespeare in Kabul By Omar, Qais Akbar (Book - 2012 ) 792.92095 Sh156o 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:An inspiring and sometimes humorous account of actors and actresses in Afghanistan who overcome a plethora of challenges to perform Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost in 2005.

Bird Cloud
Bird Cloud A Memoir By Proulx, Annie (Book - 2011 ) B P9474P 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Brokeback Mountain describes her efforts to build a dream home on 640 acres of Wyoming wilderness, focusing her lyrical observations on the land, its history, its wildlife, and herself.

Radioactive Marie & Pierre Curie : A Tale of Love & Fallout By Redniss, Lauren (Book - 2010 ) 540.922 C925R 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This visually innovative book – a collage of text and images – traces the personal and scientific lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the impact of their chemical discoveries on the world.

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: 166 on 67 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: 3 on 11 copies

Annotation:Novelist Treuer brings a lyrical style to this nonfiction account of life on an Indian reservation, combining personal memoir (he grew up on Leech Lake Reservation) and broader history into a gritty and moving narrative.

The Magnetic North
The Magnetic North Notes From the Arctic Circle By Wheeler, Sara (Book - 2011 ) 910.9113 W567W 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Wheeler’s riveting account of her travels over a two-year period to the Arctic Circle (from Serbia to Alaska to Greenland to Lapland) explores the history and science of a beautiful, bleak region.

The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America's Great Migration By Wilkerson, Isabel (Book - 2010 ) 304.80973 W6522W 2010 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 15 on 25 copies

Annotation:Wilkerson tracks the exodus of six million African Americans from the South to the North in search of better living conditions, between 1915 and 1970.

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