2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Adult Nonfiction

Here are our recommendations for the adult nonfiction reader, including books about nature, language, history, and more.

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393240016
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2016

An engaging biography of the life of the painter John Singleton Copley giving us a ground-level view of the revolutionary times he lived in and captured on canvas.


A Truck Full of Money Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995244
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2016

Kidder’s inimitable voice tells the story of entrepreneur and trail blazer Paul English, founder of Kayak, from his early connection to computers through his billion dollar sale and his struggles to decide what to do with the rest of his life.


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Testimony Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307889782
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Published: Crown Archetype - November 15th, 2016

This is a captivating memoir of The Band, one of the 60's most beloved bands, and the profound friendship of five men who created a new kind of popular music with songs like “The Weight,” “The Shape I'm In,” & “Up On Cripple Creek.”


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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812993349
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016

Tye explores the seeming contradictions in the life of a man who first came to Washington as a driving, ardent anti-communist staffer for Joseph McCarthy and who later became a generation’s best hope for creating a more just, more compassionate, more peaceful world.


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What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374288211
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Published: Scientific American - June 7th, 2016

Balcombe combs through the new and compelling body of scientific evidence that should reshape the way we think about our vertebrate cousins.


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

Using layman’s language Wohlleben synthesizes much of the surprising new research showing us that trees live in a social network: they communicate, support their progeny, and share resources with their community.


Speaking American: How Y'All, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544703391
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 25th, 2016

For the ethnolinguist on your list. This book fleshes out the interactive dialect quiz first published in the NYT.  Great grist for the cocktail party chatter.


The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense Cover Image
By Daniel Menaker, Roz Chast (Illustrator), Billy Collins (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544800632
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 18th, 2016

Hilarious compilation of spelling errors that can make surprising sense, wonderfully illustrated by Roz Chast.


You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--And Their Tangled Histories of Misuse Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399578083
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 13th, 2016

An entertaining and especially useful guide to words commonly mispronounced.


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Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501137099
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2016

This is an awesome volume of stories about women competitors in all manner of arenas. The genesis of this book was the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines. Great gift for all ages!


Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780761169086
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 20th, 2016

A fascinating travel encyclopedia of the world’s most strange and marvelous places.


Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399578656
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Published: Amphoto Books - October 25th, 2016

A terrific compendium of satellite views of the earth assembled from the Daily Overview Instagram account.


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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

A beautifully designed book featuring profiles of inspiring women in business and art. The perfect gift for creatives and aspiring entrepreneurs.


S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 6th, 2016

Informed by the many new discoveries and interpretations of contemporary scholarship, Beard engagingly re-examines what we know of Roman history, revising many myths of its thousand-year span.


The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812994803
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Published: Random House - August 16th, 2016

A brilliant hook upon which to hang dual biography/analyses of four pairs of major artists.


Television: A Biography Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780500519165
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 25th, 2016

The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film plays his critical acuity across the history of the idiot box. Unique and fun.


Building Old Cambridge: Architecture and Development Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780262034807
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Published: Mit Press - November 4th, 2016

Any Cambridge resident with even a vague interest in the history of their neighborhood or their city will want to own this magnificent, heavily illustrated volume. An amazing achievement and a bargain at the price.