Best Books of 2017--Nonfiction


Summary
Traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion and racism as factors that have shaped these fraudulent activities.
Author
Sandberg, Sheryl
Call Number
155.937 SAN
Summary
A book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
Author
Brown, Brene
Call Number
158.2 BRO
Summary
Draws on new research to challenge conventional beliefs about fitting in to counsel readers on the skills required to achieve actual belonging while being true to oneself.
Author
FitzGerald, Frances
Call Number
277.3083 FIT
Summary
A dramatic history of the Evangelical movement in America and how they influenced American agendas ranging from civil rights and gender equality to climate change and immigration reform.
Author
Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth
Call Number
302.231 STE
Summary
Presents an insider’s look at what today’s vast, instantly available amounts of information can reveal about our world.
Author
Rather, Dan
Call Number
323.65 RAT
Summary
Passionate essays about what it means to be an American and the relevance of patriotism in today’s world.
Author
Clinton, Hillary Rodham
Call Number
324.973 CLI
Summary
Includes essays describing Clinton’s experiences in the 2016 presidential campaign and incorporates hundreds of inspirational quotes that have shaped her life and work.
Author
Bruder, Jessica
Call Number
331.398 BRU
Summary
Follows thousands of older Americans who were casualties of the Great Recession and who had to take to the road as migrant laborers to earn a living.
Author
Moore, Kate
Call Number
363.1799 MOO
Summary
The story of hundreds of young, vibrant women who painted clocks and watch dials using a paint mixture that contained radium and their employers who refused to take responsibility when they began to fall ill.
Author
Talty, Stephen
Call Number
364.106 TAL
Summary
Chronicles the origins of the mafia in early 20th-century America and the achievements of Italian-born detective, Joseph Petrosino, who gave his life to fight it.
Author
Forman, Jr., James
Call Number
364.973 FOR
Summary
Recounts the tragic role that some African Americans—as judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--played in escalating the war on crime.
Author
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Call Number
523.01 TYS
Summary
Gives readers a basic understanding of the Universe from the Big Bang and black holes, to the search for planets and life.
Author
Fountain, Henry
Call Number
551.2209 FOU
Summary
A narrative account of America’s largest recorded earthquake inspiring the work of geologist George Plafker, whose findings helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.
Author
Prum, Richard O.
Call Number
591.562 PRU
Summary
Examines how mating preferences, what Darwin termed, “the taste for the beautiful,” have driven adaptive evolution and created an extraordinary range of aesthetic and elaborate ornament in the animal world.
Author
Walker, Matthew
Call Number
612.821 WAL
Summary
Outlines a groundbreaking exploration of sleep that explains how to harness its transformative power to improve overall health and life quality.
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