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, April 28, 2021: The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
Wednesday, May 26, 2021: The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan
Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Wednesday, July 28, 2021: Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin
Wednesday, August 25, 2021: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Previous Selections
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
August 2020: Geography of Genius by Eric Weinier
July 2020: Radium Girls by Kate Moore
June 2020: The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara
May 2020: Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

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
$18.95
ISBN: 9781631496226
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$19.00
ISBN: 9781501134630
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$18.00
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.

Th


The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061348112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 22nd, 2015

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

“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” — Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review


The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Cover Image
$16.99
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
$14.95
ISBN: 9781912248544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Repeater - November 12th, 2019

Leila Taylor takes us into the dark heart of the American gothic, analysing the ways it relates to race in America in the twenty-first century.

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
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION

NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE

BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE

A WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316260206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$18.00
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
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501199851
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Published: Atria Books - August 4th, 2020

A PEOPLE BOOK OF THE WEEK
WINNER OF THE JQ–WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE

“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


The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451691672
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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

A Thrillist Best Book of the Year

A Book Riot Best Book of 2019


Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250234919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2020

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