Nonfiction Book Club

The Nonfiction Book Club was the first to join our new selection of book clubs in early 2019 and this group reads exclusively nonfiction, but across many genres. From history and science to nature and biography, they read it all! The Nonfiction Book Club is led by Towne manager Sarah and she would love for you to stop by and join in on their discussions!

Nonfiction Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

Upcoming Meetings and Selections
Wednesday, September 22, 2021: American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson
Wednesday, November 3, 2021: A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins by One R. Pagan

Previous Selections
August 2021: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
July 2021: Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin
June 2021: Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
May 2021: The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan
April 2021: The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
March 2021: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
February 2021: Darkly by Leila Taylor
January 2021: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
November 2020: The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodall
October 2020: The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen
September 2020: A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frankel

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Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins: A Trip Through the World of Animal Intoxication Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950665372
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Published: BenBella Books - November 16th, 2021

From the cup of coffee that jumpstarts the day to dangerously addictive drugs, the recreational use of plants with psychoactive properties has a long history among humans.

But, as with many things, it turns out that other animals got there first.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250160836
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 9th, 2018

Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime!

This is the shocking and amazing true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735225312
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Published: Penguin Books - March 24th, 2020


Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London

Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539568
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 16th, 2021

A gripping historical true crime narrative that "reads like the best of Conan Doyle himself" (Karen Abbott, author of The Ghosts of Eden Park), American Sherlock recounts the riveting true story of the birth of modern criminal investigation.

From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and more, as told by the Periodic Table.

Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631496226
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Published: Liveright - September 17th, 2019

With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters is “rumbustious enough for the adventure-hungry” (Peter Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle).

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501134630
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 4th, 2020

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Time Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner

From journalist Adam Higginbotham, the New York Times bestselling “account that reads almost like the script for a movie” (The Wall

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476794051
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Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door.


The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061348112
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 22nd, 2015

From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat and Facing the Mountain comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358299615
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Published: Mariner Books - March 3rd, 2020

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper

Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales.

Darkly: Black History and America's Gothic Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9781912248544
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Published: Repeater - November 12th, 2019

A fascinating journey into the dark heart of the American gothic that analyzes the ways it relates to race in twenty-first-century America

Haunted houses, bitter revenants and muffled heartbeats under floorboards—the American gothic is a macabre tale based on a true story.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Empire of Pain—a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316260206
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 7th, 2018

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages.

The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589942
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 2nd, 2020

Was he New York City’s last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dock—for fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire.

A Bookshop in Berlin: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501199851
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Published: Atria Books - August 4th, 2020


“A haunting tribute to survivors and those lost forever—and a reminder, in our own troubled era, never to forget.” —People

An “exceptional” (The Wall Street Journal) and “poignant” (The New York T