Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high-quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks range from the origins of humanity to the fine print of computer programming. Looking for a different genre? Check back next week for new picks, or send us your ideas for hot titles and new genres.
This semi-autobiographical self-exposé by The Mötley Crüe’s founder and fellow band members brings readers all the strobe-lit sex, scandal, and coke-laced road trips they could ask for. You don’t need the heart of a die-hard fan to lose yourself in this collection of never-before-seen photographs and startlingly candid anecdotes, but don’t be surprised if The Dirt turns you for good. You can also catch The Dirt as a Netflix Original movie that came out in March.
It should be no surprise that The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s memoir made it onto a Bookstr list, even if we are a little late to the party. Make no assumptions about your everyday media personality’s memoir, however — Noah immediately and unforgivingly ushers his global fanbase into 1990s-era, post-apartheid South Africa and his impressions as a mixed-race child in a world already torn apart by racial conflict and segregation.
Yuvan Noah Harari cross-references fossil records with historical footnotes in this deep dive into the biological timeline (or rollercoaster ride) of the human species. How did seven disparate species turn into one, and why do the invisible confines of money and borders still keep us apart today? Find the answer to these philosophical questions and more in a book that toes the line between academic proselytizing and ancient history.
Don’t be confused by the eleven-word title; this interactive, paper-based introduction to the coding sphere is better than any dusty textbook, and probably cheaper, too. Eric Matthes first walks readers through the building blocks of digital engineering. Readers carry these elementary tools with them into the second half of the guide, which focuses on the history, management, and interpretation of one of the planet’s most popular programming languages.
Readers looking for the Watergate of startups will find conspiracy-theory fodder abounding in Bad Blood, or a journalist’s exploration into the secret history of one very powerful startup. Theranos was a private health technology corporation, founded in 2003, which falsely claimed to be able to interpret vast amounts of information from small quantities of blood — until outsiders began searching for answers in the multi-billion-dollar organization.
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