Here are our recommendations for the adult nonfiction reader, including books about nature, language, history, and more.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Balcombe combs through the new and compelling body of scientific evidence that should reshape the way we think about our vertebrate cousins.
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.
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.
Hilarious compilation of spelling errors that can make surprising sense, wonderfully illustrated by Roz Chast.
An entertaining and especially useful guide to words commonly mispronounced.
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!
A fascinating travel encyclopedia of the world’s most strange and marvelous places.
A terrific compendium of satellite views of the earth assembled from the Daily Overview Instagram account.
A beautifully designed book featuring profiles of inspiring women in business and art. The perfect gift for creatives and aspiring entrepreneurs.
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.
A brilliant hook upon which to hang dual biography/analyses of four pairs of major artists.
The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film plays his critical acuity across the history of the idiot box. Unique and fun.
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.