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New In Non-Fiction 2020

With the state of the world currently in turmoil, why not read something to keep you updated with current events? Or just something that keeps you more connected with the world. These nonfiction picks are filled with amazing stories that are written about true events and facts about the world. These new books are ones you are going to want to read right away.


1. Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law

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Prison by Any Other Name, is about criminal justice reform, and how there are other ways of imprisionment without putting people in jail due to the high incarceration rate. Extended probation, locked down drug treatment programs, electric monitoring, house arrest, and mandated psychiatric treatment. All of these are expensive ways of not imprisioning someone, and they are also ways of putting people who wouldn’t have to face jail time under control for their state. These are just steps to decrease the imprisonment rate, however with these tactics they are now turning homes and states into prisons instead.


2. Desert Notebooks by Ben Ehenreich

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Desert Notebooks, is about the destruction of the environment. It discusses how unstable our sociopolitical instituations are, and how that has led us to where we are now. We are facing an existential crisis that is greater than anything humankind has ever faced. We must now look to historians for guidance and how ecologies of desert spaces can help us be better over time.


3. Riding with The Ghost by Justin Taylor

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Riding with the Ghost, is about a young man named Justin Taylor, who’s life changed when he was thirty years old and he almost witnessed the suicide of his father. With the help of family, his father was able to be talked off the ledge, but Justin began to question himself as a son. Justin tells his story of what it was like to grow up as a middle child, his time as a little league coach, and as an unemployed father who had a time keeping his marriage together. He also discusses how he battled an illness and depression at the same time. We see Justin at different phases in his life, as he tries to understand his relationship with his himself and his religion.


4. Intimations by Zadie Smith

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Intimations, is a collection of essays about being in lockdown. Zadie Smith has written deep and personal essays about being in quarantine, and considering there will be alot of books written about the year 2020, this is one of them you need to read.


5. Let Them Eat Tweets by Jacob S Hacker

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Let Them Eat Tweets, is about the Republican party and how they cater to the rich and wealthy. However when they need to, they do things to benefit the working and middle class just to continue to maintain power within those classes. This book also discusses Trump and how he embodies the right wing way of thinking in the Republican party.

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Improve Your Quality of Life With Our Self-Development Picks!

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 self development picks to improve your quality of life! Dig in and enjoy!



5. ‘Coffee Bean’ by Jon Gordon


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The Coffee Bean by Jon Gordon is about dealing with the stresses of life. It can be often harsh, stressful, and the environments we find ourselves in can weaken or harden us. This is an inspiring tale that follows a man called Abe as he faces challenges, pressures, and stresses at school and home.

Abe discovers that instead of letting the environment change him for the worse, he can change the environment around him for the better. Wherever his life can take him, Abe takes it to heart to live life like a coffee bean and transform into something better. Are you an egg, a carrot, or a coffee bean?


4. ‘Run The mile you’re in’ by Ryan Hall


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Ryan Hall is an Olympic athlete and American record holder in the half marathon (59:43), but in his autobiography, Run The Mile You’re In, he reveals that as kid he hated running. He wanted nothing to do with the sport until one day, he felt compelled to run the 15 miles around his neighborhood lake. He was hooked.

Now a coach, speaker, and nonprofit partner, Ryan shares the powerful faith behind his athletic achievements and the lessons he learned that helped him push past limits, make space for relationships that enrich life on and off the running trails, and cultivate a positive mindset.



3. ‘Witchery’ by Juliet diaz 


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Witches by Juliet Diaz is about connecting with your inner witch and embracing it to make your life healthier. Third generation witch Diaz teaches you how to embrace your inner Magick through casting off what doesn’t make you happy, embracing inner athleticism, and becoming an embodiment of truth. And through it all, you’ll build the knowledge to craft spells of your own.


2. ‘I am love’ by Allowah Lani 


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I Am Love by Allowah Lani is a sequel to his 2016 book, Who Am I? Yoga, Psychedelics and the Quest for Enlightenment. In that earlier book, the author looked critically at the issue of the legitimacy of psychedelics on the spiritual journey, ultimately leaving the question unanswered. In I Am Love, the intention is to offer a more definitive statement and practical method for those using psychedelics as a tool for spiritual growth.

Can psychedelics like ayahuasca really and truly reveal the ultimate nature of reality? Exploring ayahuasca in the context of studying the modern spiritual classic A Course in Miracles, the author answers cautiously in the affirmative. Yes, they can, but there is much inner work to be done to get there, not to mention confronting our great fear of awakening. Are you up for the greatest challenge of your lifetime, of any lifetime? Are you ready?


1. ‘There’s no plan b for your A-Game’ by Bo Eason


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There’s No Plan B For Your A-Game by Bo Eason is a book by the acclaimed athlete showcasing how to plot the best course in your life. There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game explains how to develop the character, integrity, and commitment it takes to become the best. Bo Eason focuses on a winning four-step process that helps you attain the skill, maintain the effort, and persist through challenges: Declaration: What do you want to achieve? Preparation: How can you make it happen? Acceleration: Where will you find the stamina to reach your goal? Domination: Why do you take others with you?

With inspiring, specific, real-word guidance, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game teaches the best practices that lead to the best results, in every walk of life.




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Continue Your Bookshelf Expansion with Our Nonfiction Picks of the Week!


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. The edge of every day by Marin Sardy 

The Edge of Every Day by Marin Sardy is a memoir-in-essays book about her mother’s and brother’s struggles with schizophrenia. Their stories contrast each other: the mother remaining undiagnosed while her brother did receive treatment but unfortunately committed suicide. Sardy offers no easy answers but instead shines a spotlight on the gray areas of showcasing struggles with mental health and how the system often fails those who do. She crafts something incredibly moving and although painful, it is a must read.



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4. High Heel by Summer Brennan

High Heel by Summer Brennan is a book about, well, you guessed it: high heels. But this is more than a fashion guide, and combines beautiful prose and insightful analysis to create a unique work of text that interrogates gender, fashion, and history. Brennan’s book challenges the reader to think about what a high heel truly is: painful and empowering, beautiful and restrictive, to create a complicated narrative that showcases heels in all their glory.



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3. Too much is not enough by Andrew Rannells

Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells takes us on the journey of a twenty-something-year-old hungry to experience everything New York has to offer: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. At the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was when he left Omaha with the man he desperately wants to be. As Rannells fumbles his way towards the Great White Way, he also shares the drama of failed auditions and behind-the-curtain romances, the heartbreak of losing his father at the height of his struggle, and the exhilaration of making his Broadway debut in Hairspray at the age of twenty-six. Along the way, he learns that you never really leave your past—or your family—behind; that the most painful, and perversely motivating jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most memorable nights with friends are marked not by the trendy club you danced at but by the recap over diner food afterward.



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2. Me Elton John by Elton John

Me Elton John by the iconic singer tells the story of his drama filled, rocky, and yet uplifting life, chronicling his early days as a young boy who grew up in London and dreams of being a pop star. From there, the autobiography details his early singing gigs, the motivations behind his outlandish outfits, to his life spiraling out of control when he hit it big, his suicide attempt, and his recovery that led him to create music for Broadway. The autobiography isn’t just about Elton John’s fascinating life but the road to success, getting clean, and finding love in the simplest things even when you’re the loudest voice on stage.



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1. Notorious San Francisco by Paul Drexler 

Notorious San Francisco by Paul Drexler is a collection of true stories detailing the darkness beneath San Francisco’s idyllic streets. From serial killers, to organized crime, and bank robberies, this collection has it all, appealing to fans of true crime, noir, and good old fashioned murder thrillers, but with the added excitement that these crimes really happened. Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still unsolved today, including the mysterious tale of the Zodiac Killer, complete with a new analysis and a startling new theory on the murder.


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Fill Your Bookshelf and Your Brain With Our 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!


5. The Pioneers by David Mccullough 


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The Pioneers by David McCullough tells a modern epic tale about the settling of America after the American Revolution. As part of the Treaty of Paris, the United Kingdom officially recognized the United States as a real country and gave up the land that comprised the Northwest Territory, which would become the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out for this unexplored territory to officially settle it, led by war veteran Rufus Putnam. Telling the story through multiple viewpoints, this nonfiction book chronicles the epic historical expedition, showcasing the many dangers the pioneers faced in their journey: floods, fires, bears, wolves, rapids, and navigating the hostile, rugged terrain of the wild. Drawn from diaries of the key figures involved, this novel tells of the remarkable and exciting accomplishment that led to the foundation of a new part of America.


4. No walls and the recurring dream by Ani Difranco


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No Walls And The Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco is a memoir about Ani DiFranco about her life and the lessons it taught her. Starting from her early life and the early wisdom she gained, combining feminism, political activism, storytelling, and much more to recount her full life. She begins with her days as a basically homeless teenager, sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, before releasing her first music album at the tender age of eighteen, and choosing not to embrace her newfound fame/commercialism afterwards. She creates her own label and shares the stories of fighting to preserve artistic integrity against all odds to the contrary. And most important, DiFranco shares her proof for all personal and social obstacles can truly be overcome to create your own dream.


3. The Castle on sunset by Shawn levy


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The Castle On Sunset by Shawn Levy is a tale of scandal and myth arising from Hollywood itself. For many years, Hollywood has favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home, as it is an apartment turned hotel that has been the subject of rumors about the many stars that have frequented its halls. Jean Harlow took three lovers there, Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter had a secret affair, Jim Morrison nearly fell to his death, John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose, and Lindsay Lohan was kicked out after 50,000 in charges. Much of what’s happened in the Chateau’s walls has eluded the public eye but now, author Shawn Levy takes us inside the Chateau to explore what happens inside with wit and insight. This is a glittering insight into one of Hollywood’s most hallowed institutions, told with vivid and scandalous prose.


2. Last boat out of shanghai by Helen Zia 


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Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia is the dramatic real life story of four young people trying to flee China in the wake of the 1949 Communist revolution. As the horrors of Mao’s revolution began to wreck havoc on Shanghai in mass numbers, desperate to flee the chaos of the city. Seventy years later, this book interviews the people who fled from the city on that day discussing their exile. From these stories, four major figures emerge who the book focuses on, discussing their long and terrifying journey to escape Shanghai for uncertain journeys to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States. This a heartbreaking journey of survival that nevertheless carries the promise of hope as the immigrants struggle not only to escape their own country but thrive in a new one as well.


1. Sea Stories by William H. McRaven


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Sea Stories by William H. McRaven tells the story of William McRaven, a U.S. Navy Seal who has been part of numerous military operations over his long career, including the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, the rescue of Captain Philips, and the capture of Saddam Hussein. The book is a fascinating journey from William’s early days, as he learned the values that would define his life. From his early days sneaking into military compounds to becoming a man who would hunt terrorists, this is an action packed, thrilling tale of a real life hero.




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Dive Into Summer and Check Out These Bestselling Nonfiction Books!

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 center are current bestsellers, showcasing which nonfiction books are the biggest hits with audiences! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!


5. Wally Funk’s Race for Space by Sue Nelson


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Wally Funk’s Race For Space by Sue Nelson tells the story of Wally Funk, who was one of the thirteen American female pilots in NASA’s 1961 program: Women in Space. She wanted to become one of the first women astronauts but just one week before the final phase of training, the program was cancelled. This book is a fascinating read, exploring Wally Funk’s life, before, during, and after the failed space venture. Although she may never reach the stars, her story will inspire you to reach for them.


4. Some kids I taught and what they taught me  by Kate CLanchy


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Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy is an exploration and celebration of her thirty-year teaching career. From the pressures of explaining sex to teenagers, to nurturing a poetry group of refugees, to the regular stresses of coursework, this memoir is an honest exploration of teaching, from its highs to its lows. It is showcase of how vital teaching is and how undervalued it can be to the world at large. This novel will show you why it shouldn’t be.


3. The Corner shop by Babita Sharma


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The Corner Shop by Babita Sharma tells of the institution that is still vital to our modern world today, even with the rise of retail. The author was raised in one and had her worldview shaped by gazing out from its tiny confines. Along with learning how to stack shelves and organize items, Babita gained unique political and human insight from the shop. This book is a very interesting look at these shops from her POV, discussing how they are still vital to the world and still beloved by many.


2. ‘Superior’ by Angela Saini

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Superior by Angela Saini is a disturbing read but an essential one. After the horrors the Nazis committed during World War II, the world turned its back on eugenics and the study of ‘race science’. But not all did. Some scientists remained committed to the terrible ideas of race science, believing that certain people are inferior to others. The book explores its horrific origins and how it’s been slowly keeping itself alive thanks to a small group of scientists who remain committed to its ideals. And how, it is today experiencing a horrific resurgence in popularity. At a time where white nationalism is rising, Superior is an examination of the insidious, disturbing, and destructive nature of race science.


1. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo 


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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is the story of women’s relationship with sex, showcased in a manner that isn’t often seen. Taddeo tells the story of three women’s unmet needs, disappointments, and obsessions. The culmination of many long hours of research over an eight year period, the women featured are: Lisa, who is in an unhappy marriage with two kids, Maggie, who has a fling with her teacher and becomes the center of a small town court case, and Sloane, whose husband likes to watch her have sex with other people. This book is an exposure of erotic fragility in modern America, frank, honest, and up front about women’s relationships with sexual desire.


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