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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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Improve Your Lifestyle With Our Top Nonfiction Picks!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just to make sure you’re out there living your absolute best life. This week’s nonfiction picks center around the topic of self-development books, which showcase how you can improve your health, quality of life, and more with these great reads. Listen: we’re all trying to keep it together. But, with the right tools, staying on our game doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. Let’s dive into our picks and take a look!

 

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5. The Science of Self-empowerment by Gregg Braden

The Science of Self-Empowerment by Gregg Braden is about applying the advanced sense of awareness and spirituality that monks, nuns, and mystics have to our daily lives! Incorporating both scientific and philosophical perspectives, this book helps one achieve a form of spirituality that encourages true growth. Using real-world science to ground its claims, this self-help book that will find you rising to new heights and maybe even centering yourself like the worlds most spiritually-oriented people do.

 

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4. Do it Scared by Ruth Soukup 

Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup is for anyone who feels like they’re stuck in a rut or not taking the chances they really want to. The book helps you identify the source of your fears and tackle them with detailed, hands-on exercises. It lets you not only develop a plan but also, and perhaps more importantly, have the means and method to push yourself toward achieving your goals. This book contains the message that life is about taking chances and will absolutely help you take the first steps toward a better existence.

 

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3. Turning Dreams into Reality by Yuval Tabib

Turning Dreams Into Reality by Yuval Tabib is based on experiences of the author and how Tabib made their dreams ‘truly’ come true. It’s hard work, but this book has a lot of answers that will make your existential problem-solving a more enjoyable experience. Drawing on theories from physics and Quantum Theory, this book has the answers to make you bend the world around you rather than let it control your life. Though actually achieving your dreams is certainly never an easy feat, purchasing this book certainly will be! Go out and go for it.

 

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2. Life Admin by Elizabeth Emes 

Life Admin by Elizabeth Emes is about managing one’s life and keeping precious moments from slipping by. The author, Elizabeth Emes, is a working mother with two children who realizes one day that her life is being overwhelmed by all that she has to do. In a moment of epiphany, it dawns on her that she needs to take better control of her own time, and so she offers all her struggling readers tips of how she learned to manage it. This book explores labor and how it chokes our lives while also showing us how to reduce labor… or at least reduce its negative impact on our lives.

 

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1. Own your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley is about sharing her life experiences. She’s accidentally started a small business; embarrassed herself onstage during talks; and, like most of us, has wasted time caught up in her own anxiety. She’s had a broad range of life experiences, both good and bad, and she’s become an inspiration to young people (especially women) the world over. Now, she shares tips for overcoming obstacles and redefining success, all based on concrete stories of her own experiences.

 

 

 

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Bookstr’s Top 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 center around the theme of current best-sellers, showcasing what nonfiction books are the biggest hits with audiences! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!

 

5. Life will be the Death of me by Chelsea Handler

 

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Life Will Be The Death Of Me chronicles Chelsea Handler’s tale of self discovery after the election of Donald Trump and the despair she felt afterwards. Faced with self-destruction, Handler makes some big chances to her life instead, becoming more active in her social life, appreciating things she once took for granted, and even becoming politically active. The book showcases a year in her life, from its ups and downs, always witty and earnest. The book asks up to look deep within, showcasing what really matters to us and asking us to focus on that while keeping us laughing.

 

4. Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis

 

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Code Name: Lise may be nonfiction but it’s a page-turner!  During  World War II, Odette Samson decides to follow in her father’s footsteps, as he was a war hero. Landing in France on a secret mission, meeting Captain Peter Churchill. Fighting together in France, the two grow close and start a romance. But soon, they are captured by the Germans and held in a concentration camp. Enduring torture, the two face despair but never give up and hold onto their love for each other to endure whatever their captors can throw at them.

 

3. Mama’s Last hug by Frans De Waal

 

 

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Mama’s Last Hug explores the fascinating world of animals and their emotions through the eyes of primatologist Frans De Waal. The book begins with the death of chimp Mama, who shares a tearful last hug with her biologist that goes viral on social media. The story forms the core of Waal’s arguments throughout the book, as he showcases that animals are just as capable of displaying the full range of emotions humans have, such as fear, jealously, and love. The book showcases how differently we can view the world and uses emotional stories to tell its theories, creating a profound moving experience.

 

2. Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen

 

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Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting is a tender and thoughtful read by Anna Quindlen. In the age before blogs, Anna Quindlen wrote about the challenges and joys of family life in her syndicated column. Now, as a grandmother, she’s chronicling her own adventures in this phase of her life. She reflects how she’s no longer the main character of her life but a secondary one, a mentor to her grandson and a supporter of his parents. She provides an illuminating, funny, and thoughtful book, full of observations and showcasing how growing old isn’t so bad.

 

1. The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral life by David Brooks

 

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The Second Mountain by David Brooks is a book about helping find a more meaningful existence, especially in today’s world. Brooks looks at several tenants about modern life, including one’s family, spouse, philosophy, faith, and one’s chosen vocation. Both a helpful guideline to how to live a better existence and an engaging social commentary, this book will help you take a good look at your life and see if its really as meaningful as you want it to be. After all, the path to self-discovery starts by looking within.

 

 

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