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My Friend Anna

Ripped From The Headlines Non-Fiction

Every once in awhile, a story comes out of nowhere and dominates the news cycle. People clamor for more information, searching for old articles about the people involved, watching clips from their teenage years, and wondering how things could have gotten to where they are. These seven non-fiction books attempt to answer those questions by diving in deep to stories, and people, that dominated the headlines, inspired countless think-pieces, and left a mark on the American conscious for a long time.

Becoming by Michelle Obama cover

Hold Up! Wait a Minute!

...or several minutes. Books you put on hold in 2019 that you are likely STILL waiting for.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The four agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom

A penny for your thoughts!?

Here's a list of books that challenge us to think twice about our thinking. Distractions and unhealthy messages abound so much so, its easy to engage in self-deprecating thought patterns.These books challenge us to find our grounding and to be present with our thoughts as we engage with life. Adult titles: 

Cover of the book The Complete Book of Coffee

All about Coffee

Books on coffee beans, the coffee trade, and the glories of the marvelous brew

Ah… coffee. A cuppa, Java, liquid lightning… It gets us on our feet in the morning, it’s our afternoon treat, or it’s our all-day fuel and provider of comfort. In the DMV, two-thirds of us drink at least one cup of coffee every day, and the area is home to some excellent coffee shops (and plenty of Starbucks locations too). But how much do you really know about coffee? How are the beans harvested and processed? What are the particulars of the global trade in coffee? What role has the coffeehouse played over time? What are the medical benefits (and hazards) of coffee?

It Takes Two

Reality TV Tell-Alls

Every time a celebrity releases a new memoir the internet is filled with news articles about the revelations they make within the pages: affairs, addictions, abuse, anything you can thing of. These memoirs get gobbled up, and if you've been a long-time fan of that individual or the reality TV show they hail from, you're destined to learn a lot from these memoirs. They don't call them "tell-alls" for nothing. Whether you prefer the Bachelor, the Real Housewives, the Home and Garden Television Network, or some combination of the above, we've got it all. 

Malcolm X

"Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.” - Malcolm X

"We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary."  - Speech at the founding of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, 1964  

A People’s History of the United States

"Those Who Do Not Remember the Past...."

Nonfiction on forgotten or obscure American history

You’ve probably heard the George Santayana quote, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or maybe you’ve heard it as, “Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.” The following recommendations are focused on the history of the United States and include forgotten history, obscure stories, and potentially niche but fascinating historical facts. From the whitewashing of the American wild west to the creation of the United States Postal Service, every book here is about history you may not have learned in school.  

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

This is What a Library Looks Like

Books about libraries.

When you think of a library what do you see? Do you picture a hushed building with musty shelves and leather-bound volumes? Yes, that’s accurate in some cases, but libraries can stretch beyond physical spaces; they stimulate intellectual curiosity, provide economic and physical relief, and perhaps most importantly, are intersectional institutions that embody a democratic and cooperative spirit.

Finding my virginity

From Anonymity to Acclaim

These titles explore the personal stories of individuals who achieved acclaim in the business world and made a significant mark on society and culture. What unique traits do they possess that elevated them above the plane of mediocrity? What principles do they live by? Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson

Book cover for The Ghosts of Eden Park

Not-So-Modern Murder

Less well known historical True Crime

Fans of true crime and history have all heard of Jack the Ripper, Leopold & Loeb, the Black Dahlia, and H.H. Holmes thanks to the many famous articles, books and films about their horrors. But what if you’re looking for a story just as fascinating, troubling and rich with historical detail that may be more unknown to you? Be transported to depression-era Ohio, Victorian London, 1900s New York City and more with these lesser-known historical True Crime stories.  

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