Nonfiction Book Club

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, July 22, 2020: Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Wednesday, August 26, 2020: Geography of Genius by Eric Weinier

Previous Selections
June 2020: The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara
May 2020: Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller
April 2020: Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
February 2020: Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade
January 2020: Planet Funny by Ken Jennings
December 2019: The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum
November 2019: The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum
October 2019: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
September 2019: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
August 2019: Word by Word by Kory Stamper
July 2019: The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
June 2019: From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty
May 2019: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
April 2019: Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson
March 2019: Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781451691672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

Tag along on this New York Times bestselling “witty, entertaining romp” (The New York Times Book Review) as Eric Winer travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valley—and back through history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In this “intellectual odyssey, traveler’s diary, and comic no


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492650959
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller


The Lady from the Black Lagoon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781335010131
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Published: Hanover Square Press - March 3rd, 2020

2019 SCIBA Book Award Winner for Biography

A Hugo and Locus Award Finalist

Winner of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award

The Los Angeles Times Bestseller


Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250234919
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2020

“I’ll take my share of the blame. I only ask that he take his.”


Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812976731
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 18th, 2007

Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, despaired of being of any real use.


Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062699879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - May 14th, 2019

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE

ONE OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER


Planet Funny: How Comedy Ruined Everything Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501100604
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Published: Scribner - July 9th, 2019

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

The witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings relays the history of humor in “lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings,” (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette)—from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook


The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345804570
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Published: Anchor - April 3rd, 2018

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWSMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.


The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

A New York Times Notable Book 

The inspiration for PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film The Poison Squad.

From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change


The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * New York Times Bestseller * Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick * A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on Goodreads * Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year


The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of Their Lost World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062490438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY," hails Scientific American: A thrilling new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists.

"A masterpiece of science writing." —Washington Post