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 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gawande, Atul
Call Number:
362.175 G2845b 2014
Description:

Gawande tackles medicine’s hardest challenge: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Artist/Author/Cast:
O'Neill, Zora
Call Number:
910.91 O5883a 2016
Description:

A lively, hilarious, and warm-hearted exploration of the Arabic language and culture guided by a seasoned travel writer.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Call Number:
523.01 T9946a 2017
Description:

In fun and digestible chapters, Tyson explains the universe and other complex scientific concepts.

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bui, Thi
Call Number:
GN 973.0495 B9322b 2017
Description:

An intimate and poignant graphic novel protraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam and their resettling in America.

Between the World and Me
Artist/Author/Cast:
Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Call Number:
305.800973 C6528b 2015
Description:

Written as essays to his teenage son, Coates confronts the notion of race and how it has shaped American history.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brown, Daniel James
Call Number:
797.1230973 B8776b 2013
Description:

The story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal.

Brain on Fire : My Month of Madness
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cahalan, Susannah
Call Number:
616.8320092 C1322b 2013
Description:

A powerful memoir of a woman's descent into madness and her struggle to recapture her identity.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Klosterman, Chuck
Call Number:
303.49 K6644b 2016
Description:

Full of intelligence and insight, the author gleefully turns ideas upside down, challenging our beliefs for a better understanding.

Dead Wake : The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Artist/Author/Cast:
Larson, Erik
Call Number:
940.4514 L3345d 2015
Description:

A gripping account of a disaster that shifted the United States' opinion against Germany in World War I.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Millard, Candice
Call Number:
941.084092 M6457h 2016
Description:

A thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's brash heroics in the South African Republic in 1899.

Hidden Figures : The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shetterly, Margot Lee
Call Number:
510.92 L4815h 2016
Description:

The phenomenal story of the black female mathematicians whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Vance, J.D.
Call Number:
305.562 V2228h 2016
Description:

A powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town illuminating the struggles of America's white working class.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yousafzai, Malala
Call Number:
371.822 Y8288i 2013
Description:

When the Taliban took control of a remote valley in Pakistan, one girl fought for her right to an education.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler`s Berlin
Artist/Author/Cast:
Larson, Erik
Call Number:
943.086 L33465i 2011
Description:

A vivid portrait of Berlin during Hitler's reign through the eyes of William E. Dodd and his daughter, Martha.

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sides, Hampton
Call Number:
910.452 S5687i 2014
Description:

A dramatic account of the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Jahren, Hope
Call Number:
570.92 J2534L 2016
Description:

A beautifully written memoir about the process of scientific discovery, relationships, and the daily miracles of the natural world.

Leonardo da Vinci
Artist/Author/Cast:
Isaacson, Walter
Call Number:
92 da Vinci 2017
Description:

A powerful story of the exhilarating mind of one of the greatest geniuses of all time.

The Lost City of the Monkey God
Artist/Author/Cast:
Preston, Douglas
Call Number:
972.85 P9374Lo 2017
Description:

Against warnings by indigenous tribes, an expedition enters a lost city found in the heart of the Honduran rain forest.

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blanding, Michael
Call Number:
364.16 B6424m 2014
Description:

The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the subculture that consumed him.

Meet Me in Atlantis : My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
Artist/Author/Cast:
Adams, Mark
Call Number:
398.234 A2155m 2015
Description:

An enthralling and humorous account of a quest to solve one of history's greatest mysteries--the lost city of Atlantis.

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