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Essential Nonfiction Books for Your Summer Reading List

Find all the nonfiction reads you need to be in-the-know this summer. Explore biographies of famous figures, historical accounts of life-changing events, and more.

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    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture
    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture

    Crying in H Mart

    by Michelle Zauner

    From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, comes an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage.

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    Crying in H Mart Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    We Are What We Eat Book Cover Picture
    We Are What We Eat Book Cover Picture

    We Are What We Eat

    by Alice Waters

    In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life’s work. As Waters makes clear, every decision we make about what we put in our mouths affects not only our bodies but also the world at large—our families, our communities, and our environment.

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    We Are What We Eat Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture
    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    Madhouse at the End of the Earth

    by Julian Sancton

    The harrowing true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, this book is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

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    Madhouse at the End of the Earth Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture
    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture

    Hidden Valley Road

    by Robert Kolker

    The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.

    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture
    Hidden Valley Road Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture
    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture

    Nine Nasty Words

    by John McWhorter

    Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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    Nine Nasty Words Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    Stronger Book Cover Picture

    Stronger

    by Cindy McCain

    In Stronger, the widow of Senator John McCain opens up about her beloved husband, their thirty-eight-year marriage, and the trials and triumphs of a singular American life. More than a political story, Stronger is the unforgettable journey of one woman who believes in family, honor, and country—and is willing to stand up for all of them.

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    Stronger Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The God Equation Book Cover Picture
    The God Equation Book Cover Picture

    The God Equation

    by Michio Kaku

    The epic story of the greatest quest in all of science—the holy grail of physics that would explain the creation of the universe—from renowned theoretical physicist and author of The Future of the Mind and The Future of Humanity.

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    The God Equation Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Flamin' Hot Book Cover Picture
    Flamin' Hot Book Cover Picture

    Flamin’ Hot

    by Richard Montanez

    The unforgettable true story of how a janitor struggling to put food on the table invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in a secret test kitchen, breaking barriers and becoming the first Latino executive at Frito-Lay. Flamin’ Hot provides hope that your present circumstances don’t have to dictate your future, carving a new path to the American Dream.

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    Flamin' Hot Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Welcome Home Book Cover Picture
    Welcome Home Book Cover Picture

    Welcome Home

    by Najwa Zebian

    From the celebrated poet, speaker, and educator comes a powerful blueprint for healing by building a home within yourself. Written with her trademark power, candor, and warmth, Welcome Home is an answer to the pain we all experience when we don’t feel at peace with ourselves.

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    Welcome Home Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture
    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture

    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    by Bill Gates

    In this book, Bill Gates not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving this goal—suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable. 

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    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    Facing the Mountain Book Cover Picture
    Facing the Mountain Book Cover Picture

    Facing the Mountain

    by Daniel James Brown

    From the bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation: the courageous Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

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    Facing the Mountain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Home Sweet Road Book Cover Picture
    Home Sweet Road Book Cover Picture

    Home Sweet Road

    by Johnnyswim

    The hugely popular singer/songwriter duo Johnnyswim share their story like never before through beautiful photos, recipes, poetry, and more in a deeply engaging experience as they travel on tour around the country with their three young kids, capturing the family’s raw, intimate, and behind-the-scenes life on the road and embracing home no matter where they are.

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    Home Sweet Road Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.95

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    Stranger Care Book Cover Picture
    Stranger Care Book Cover Picture

    Stranger Care

    by Sarah Sentilles

    The moving story of what one woman learned from fostering a newborn—about injustice, about making mistakes, about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin. Ultimately, this story reminds us that we depend on family, and that family can take many different forms.

    Stranger Care Book Cover Picture
    Stranger Care Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture
    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture

    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition)

    by John Green

    The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

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    The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture
    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture

    My Time Will Come

    by Ian Manuel

    The inspiring story of activist and poet Ian Manuel, who at the age of fourteen was sentenced to life in prison. He survived eighteen years in solitary confinement—through his own determination and dedication to art—until he was freed as part of an incredible crusade by the Equal Justice Initiative.

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    My Time Will Come Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.95

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    The Ugly Cry Book Cover Picture
    The Ugly Cry Book Cover Picture

    The Ugly Cry

    by Danielle Henderson

    An uproarious, moving memoir about a grandmother’s ferocious love and redefining what it means to be family. Danielle Henderson upends our conventional understanding of family and redefines its boundaries to include the millions of people who share her story.
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    The Ugly Cry Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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