2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Adult Nonfiction

Here are our recommendations for the adult nonfiction reader, including history, memoirs, crafting/cooking, books to get you moving, and more.

Staff Pick Logo
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588174
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

Comedian Trevor Noah's memoir about growing up under apartheid in South Africa is simultaneously funny and gut-wrenching.

Staff Pick Logo
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Simply one of the best books ever written about what it’s like to fly in space.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374248130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 17th, 2017

An absorbing and up-to-date biography of the songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Gorbachev: His Life and Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393647013
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 5th, 2017

A biography of one of the most important political figures of the 20th century responsible for changing the course of history.

Get Started: Knitting Cover Image
ISBN: 9781465401977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - December 17th, 2012

Easy or advanced stitches, it's all here with clear how-to photos. For the beginner, the forgetter and those who want to try something new.

Staff Pick Logo
Bean-To-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors Cover Image
By Megan Giller, Michael Laiskonis (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781612128214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing - September 19th, 2017

Recipes, culture, business, history...for the chocoholic or foodie in your life, this book contains everything you need to know about chocolate creation and tasting; illustrated with drawings and delectable photographs.

Raw: Recipes for a Modern Vegetarian Lifestyle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714871141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Phaidon Press - April 25th, 2016

An easy-to-follow cookbook with healthy recipes that suit most dietary restrictions and preferences. Just take a look at the vibrant, mouth-watering photos.

Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493026418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Falcon Press Publishing - May 1st, 2017

Get inspired to visit gorgeous walking trails near or far. With photographs, practical tips for all ages, and historical and insightful commentary, this guide will get you going. And it also looks great on a coffee table!

Staff Pick Logo
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761193111
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing - April 4th, 2017

The most approachable book on yoga for anyone looking to get started.

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 6th, 2017

A day-by-day account of one of the most brutal battles and a major turning point in the Vietnam War.

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691176949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Princeton University Press - August 22nd, 2017

A winding and exhaustive account of what happened to the revolutionaries after the Russian Revolution, written in the spirit of War and Peace.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017

An interesting look into the often-overlooked issue of white class divisions in the U.S. The new preface touches on class issues in the 2016 election.

The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus Cover Image
By Marcus Borg (Editor), Thomas Moore (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781569751893
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ulysses Press - March 15th, 1999

A long researched pairing down to just the words Jesus spoke. Short but stirring, with some historical notes.

Elemental Living: Contemporary Houses in Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714873176
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Phaidon Press - November 7th, 2016

Stunning homes designed with a special relationship to the natural landscape.

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771643016
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

As he did for the plant kingdom in Hidden Life of Trees, Wohlleben synthesizes the latest research showing that non-human species also have an emotional life.

The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374228088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - November 7th, 2017

This new memoir about Ann's father Clifton Fadiman - a legendary literary critic, editor and radio personality - is funny, moving and overall brilliant.

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316311496
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Little Brown and Company - August 15th, 2017

If you liked Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, read this. If you don't know Just Mercy, read this. A magnificent account of a wrongfully convicted black man in North Carolina who spent 25 years trying to prove his innocence.

My Miniature Library: 30 Tiny Books to Make, Read and Treasure Cover Image
By Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Concept by)
ISBN: 9781786270269
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurence King - October 17th, 2017

For the bibliophile with a tiny apartment (and a comparable budget) here's a way to make your own versions of the classics.