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Nonfiction from our 2017 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2017 Summer Newsletter.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

It came as no surprise that Evicted was this year’s recipient for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. The power of its storytelling—following landlords and their tenants who are embroiled in a pattern of eviction and subsequent poverty in Milwaukee—is about as flawless as can be and immediately pulls the reader into the many challenges facing low-income communities across America. Is the struggle in our communities due to a failure of personal responsibility or to the systematic racial and economic injustices that place the tenants at the mercy of our policies? Getting a small glimpse in how this plays out in the lives of real people facing these issues is breathtaking. It is truly one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade. - Casey

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ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth

Before Jack the Ripper in England, America had its own first serial killer (before that term existed), in Austin, Texas. The growing town of Austin and its inhabitants tried to balance their newfound prosperity with the terror of an unknown killer. Smartly written, Hollandsworth’s account reads like a thriller, full of scandal, indiscretions, and no easy answers. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781250118493
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Picador - April 11th, 2017

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

This is not a How to Be Alone (though Jonathan Franzen’s essay collection is worth reading); it’s an exploration into loneliness as represented in the art of lonely artists. Laing beautifully examines well-known artists like Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol and introduces us to lesser known and incredibly interesting people like Henry Darger and David Wojnarowicz. After reading this book I found myself wanting more “alone” time with art. The Lonely City is a meditative read. - Ashley

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ISBN: 9781250118035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell

Hilarious essays on race, gender, and pop culture by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America. Kamau is a self-proclaimed blerd (a black nerd) who writes as effortlessly about Michael Jordan and Spiderman as he does about being a cisgender male getting woke-schooled by a feminist. This book will inspire you to raise a fist in solidarity as often as it will make you laugh. - Jason

Why You Love Music by John Powell

John Powell, a physicist with a master’s degree in music composition, adds another volume to the compendium of obsessive, awesome scientists from different disciplines trying to determine why music affects us so much. In this exploration, though he draws on psychology, Powell takes particular notice of music in the context of daily, regular human experience and how it amplifies an already good life. - a.c.

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Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316260671
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 2nd, 2017

Word by Word by Kory Stamper

The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created and edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes—including how in the world the word “irregardless” earned a spot in the dictionary—this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781101870945
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Published: Pantheon - March 14th, 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

David Grann excels at bring history to life, and this may be his best book yet. In the 1920s, members of the oil-rich Osage Indian nation were murdered in increasing numbers, and the troubled, fledgling FBI was sent to investigate. While researching this forgotten chapter in American history, Grann discovered and exposed a plot more sinister than he initially realized. A gripping blend of history and true crime, this is terrific. I loved it. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780385534246
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2017

Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

My mother introduced me to David Sedaris’s work when I was (far too) young. That alone probably says a lot about how I turned out. Sedaris is a master of wicked humor, and during his lecture tours he often reads excerpts from his diaries to the eager crowd. They are funny, insightful, and more than a little snarky, and he is finally releasing some of them for our reading pleasure. I can’t wait! - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780316154727
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

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