The powerful nonfiction books in this post are designed to draw the reader into the compelling nature of the stories. They are well-researched, so you can trust the authenticity of the information. The writing is written in a conversational manner, rather than scholarly, which makes them more enjoyable to read than drier nonfiction books. These fascinating stories are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression and spark conversation.
Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, "Ninth Street Women" is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.
Explores how life is organized around time and its conflicting perceptions, drawing on the author's international travels and research lab visits where he witnessed fascinating time-altering phenomena.
Recounts the sinking of El Faro, a container ship that was swallowed by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle, examining America's merchant marine fleet and revealing the truth about modern shipping.
On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier - and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This is the gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice.
Aiming to bridge the gap between oral health and overall health, Otto explores the evolution of dentistry and examines how the field became isolated from the rest of the body. She cites the mirroring of systemic health and disease in saliva; since the mouth is part of the body, obviously oral health is essential to overall health. She seeks to explain why dental services are beyond the reach of many--about one-third of Americans face significant barriers to obtaining dental care. Working with a dearth of sociological research on the subject of dental health, Otto cites poverty, isolation, and the lack of insurance and providers available to treat the poor. Her reporting ranges from Florida to Alaska.
An urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration follows the harrowing journey of a pair of teenaged twins from El Salvador who were forced by gang violence to see safety and a better life in the United States, an endeavor marked by family estrangement, a mounting coyote debt and America's complicated immigration policies.
The author of "The Maximum Security Book Club" presents an investigation into the suspicious death of Rey Rivera at the once-grand Belvedere hotel, sharing insights into the victim's probable murder and the unsettling roles of fellow patrons.
In the tradition of "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo -- a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism.
In "A Moonless, Starless Sky" Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa. This powerful book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary--lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.
The New York Times best-selling author of "The Informant" traces the decades he spent fighting and hiding the symptoms of epilepsy, a battle involving severe depression, and medical mistakes before a dedicated neurologist helped him to survive and thrive.
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April is a Librarian who has worked for TLCPL for over 20 years. She is also the Library's Blog Editor. April enjoys reading children's books, humor, mysteries, poetry and blogs. She's also a classic film buff with a special appreciation for Film Noir.