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
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
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?
$18.95ISBN: 9781631496226Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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).$19.00ISBN: 9781501134630Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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$18.00ISBN: 9781476794051Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$14.99ISBN: 9780061348112Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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$16.99ISBN: 9780358299615Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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.$14.95ISBN: 9781912248544Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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.$16.95ISBN: 9780307279286Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Anchor - February 25th, 2020
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION
A 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$17.99ISBN: 9780316260206Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Back Bay Books - August 7th, 2018What 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.$18.00ISBN: 9780399589942Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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.$17.00ISBN: 9781501199851Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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$18.00ISBN: 9781451691672Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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$17.99ISBN: 9781492650959Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018
A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller$16.99ISBN: 9781335010131Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: 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$20.00ISBN: 9781250234919Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Picador - March 3rd, 2020
“I’ll take my share of the blame. I only ask that he take his.”