Fill Your Ever-Expanding Bookshelf With Bookstr’s Nonfiction Recommendations!


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 are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!


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5. Hungry by Jeff Gordinier 

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier is a story for any food lover to wet your appetite for meals and adventure. Feeling stuck in a dead-end work life, Gordinier happens into a fateful meeting with a Danish chef Rene Redzepi. The two begin the adventure of a lifetime, to set off across the world to find new flavors, new meals, and new food together. Across the world, they begin this road trip. In Sydney, they forage for sea rocket and sandpaper figs in suburban parks and on surf-lashed beaches. On a boat in the Arctic Circle, a lone fisherman guides them to what may or may not be his secret cache of the world’s finest sea urchins. And back in Copenhagen, the quiet canal-lined city where Redzepi started it all, he plans the resurrection of his restaurant on the unlikely site of a garbage-filled lot. Along the way, readers meet Redzepi’s merry band of friends and collaborators, including acclaimed chefs such as Danny Bowien, Kylie Kwong, Rosio Sánchez, David Chang, and Enrique Olvera.



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4. Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton 

Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton is a funny, hilarious book on so called ‘intelligence’ schemes the military left on the drawing board. Among them are attempts to use cats as listening devices, make aircraft carriers out of icebergs, psyche out Japanese soldiers by dropping foxes onto beaches, and yes…nuking the moon in order to shift hurricane trajectories. Obviously, none of these insane ideas came to reality but you’d be surprised how close them each came in this hidden history of government antics.



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3. They bled blue by Jason Turbow

They Bled Blue by sportswriter Jason Turbow captures the Los Angeles Dodgers’ thrilling, improbable 1981 championship season, highlighting the behind the scenes antics of the edgy and cast of colorful characters of the team. Eventually, this team went on to defeat the New York Yankees. This is a summer treat for fans of sports, mad tales of excess, and the quirkiness that is the rollicking, crazy ride of the 1981 baseball season.



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2. The Vinyl Frontier by Jonathan Scott 

The Vinyl Frontier by Jonathan Scott is an unlikely story of the 1977 NASA team attempting to craft the perfect playlist to place on the Voyager probe. Led by the great Carl Sagan, the music was intended not just to represent humanity but also to advertise our world to any intelligent alien forms of life. This book tells of how the record, The Sounds of Earth, was created. The final playlist contains music written and performed by well-known names such as Bach, Beethoven, Glenn Gould, Chuck Berry and Blind Willie Johnson, as well as music from China, India and more remote cultures such as a community in Small Malaita in the Solomon Islands. It also contained a message of peace from US president Jimmy Carter, a variety of scientific figures and dimensions, and instructions on how to use it for a variety of alien lifeforms. This is a fascinating book showcasing the creation of one of humanity’s greatest achievements.



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1. Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz 

Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz is a tale of one man’s journey across the American South. Tony Horwitz recounts the experience of an American journalist who was sent to explore the South prior to the Civil War as an assignment. The book follows this journalist’s journey, as the South proved to be an alien, hostile environment. He traveled for fourteen months on stagecoach, horseback, and by boat, becoming America’s first renowned landscape architect. In the modern day, Tony Horwitz tries to follow the journey undertaken over a century ago, seeking context for the divide between the South and the rest of America.



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NASA Renames Street to Honor the Women of ‘Hidden Figures’

The Guardian reports that NASA has renamed the street in front of its headquarters “Hidden Figures Way,” after the acclaimed book by Margot Lee Shetterly and its 2016 Academy Award-nominated adaptation.

The designation honors African American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the featured icons in Hidden Figures who combated racial segregation to contribute to NASA’s earliest moon landing missions.


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Their efforts collectively spanned decades throughout World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race, but opened the door for women of future generations.

Author Margot Lee Shetterly and Senator Ted Cruz joined the members of the celebrated women’s families, along with other NASA administrators who unveiled the street sign at the ceremony.



Cruz, whose mother was a mathematician at the Smithsonian Institution in the 1950s, explained:


The extraordinary achievements of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Dr. Christine Darden, who’s with us today, prior to the book and the movie had not been told. Very few people knew those stories, and yet those are stories that can and do inspire and we should be telling stories like that a lot more often.


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Would You Buy the Book Astronauts Used to Land on the Moon?

This July, Christie's Auction House will open bids for a 44-page binder full of space shuttle control guidelines from the Apollo 11 launch, according to Reuters. The former owners — Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — used it in the 1969 moon landing.

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New NASA Book Explores Beauty of Planet Earth

There is a lot of beauty in the world, and NASA has found a way to make it easier to see.

With pictures taken from various NASA satellites, the government agency has released 168 pages of photographs covering various remote landscapes and compiled them into a new book titled Earth.

The main version of this book is interactive and can be found here. There are four sections: atmosphere, water, land, and ice/snow. Clicking on each section will open up a slideshow of photos along with stories about how these locations came to be.

The book is also available in a hardcover version for $53 for those who want to take a physical version home as well as a PDF version for download.

Here is a preview of some of the photos you will see on the site.


A Trio of Plumes in the South Sandwich Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Bowknot Bend

Iceberg off Mertz Glacier Tongue

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Tells All About His Year in Space

Most of us would have to agree with Charlotte Kelly when she referred to her dad Scott Kelly as “out of this world” while speaking to Time. Astronaut Scott Kelly has set a record for the most consecutive days in space, 340 to be exact.



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You may or may not have heard of NASA’s ongoing twins studies. Scott Kelly and his brother Mark are twins and Jersey boys who both fell in love with space travel. The intention behind NASA’s twin study is to monitor the effects of long-term space travel on the human body by comparing the twins after the duration. One twin stays in orbit while the other stays here on Earth. Kelly has written a memoir called Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. The book chronicles not just his time in space but how space travel has affected his life on Earth.


Endurance promises to be a less technical read than The Martian was. Although the work in space was technically demanding, while speaking to NPR, Kelly described his daily duties like chores you’d do at home. In space, though, your day-to-day may range from fixing a toilet to doing a scientific experiment. Many men say a business suit is uncomfortable. Try a space suit. Space suits are complicated and hard to work in. He did, however, manage to keep his Twitter game going strong (@stationCDRKelly) with the help of his fiancée.


While Kelly admits that writing a book is harder than he thought, the consequences of a poorly written sentence aren’t nearly as serious as a mistake in orbit. Kelly has been an adrenaline junkie since childhood. As a result, he and his brother were always getting hurt. Professionally, he went from test pilot to Navy captain and even worked as an EMT.


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It’s ironic that such a big personality was ultimately inspired by a book. Fellow astronaut Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff helped inspire Kelly to pursue the art of astronaut-ing. But what’s Kelly’s key to getting through life in space? Learning to focus and compartmentalize. According to Kelly, a person must realize and accept the things they have no control over. That’s some solid advice, even for those of us remaining safe and sound here on the ground.


Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery is available now here!


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