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Expand Your Summering Reading List With These Thoughtful Reads!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about — 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 and let your mind take away as you relax on the beach!

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5. ‘The moon’ by Oliver Morton

The Moon by Oliver Morton is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The moon is beautiful, mysterious, and still a source of beauty to all readers. This book offers an intimate look at the celestial object, offering a beautiful history of our next door neighbor in the sky. Oliver Morton explores the human relationship to the moon, from Galileo studying it to the Cold War space race to using the Moon as a stepping stone for space exploration. The Moon is an adventure and this is an excellent, comprehensive, almost romance nonfiction book of it.

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4. ‘They called us enemy’ by George Takei

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei is a graphic novel, as opposed to a book, but its a very important one in today’s political climate. This is a stunning memoir about George Takei’s experience as a child within American’s concentration camps, known as Japanese internment camps, where he and his family where held captive during World War II. This is a vivid account of Takei’s experiences within the camp and examining the darkness/racism at the heart of America.

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3. ‘Grace will lead us home’ by Jennifer Berry Hawes

Grace Will Lead Us Home by Jennifer Berry Hawes tells of the Charlestown massacre, where a white supremacist opened fire on the congregants of Charlestown, in a South Carolina church, on June 17th 2015. Now author Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a look at the aftermath of the shooting, providing a definitive account of what happened next to the community at large. The survivors try to make sense of their lives again, a family fights to end gun violence, and the city examines the racism entrenched in its community at large. This book stands as a fine portrait of journalism, examining grief, faith, and forgiveness in its pages.

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2. ‘Why don’t you write my eulogy now so I can correct it?’ by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast 

Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast is a hilarious book of ‘advice’ by the author’s mother, accompanied by artistic renderings of the woman giving off her advice. Some of the quotes Patricia’s mother gives include: If you feel guilty about throwing away leftovers, put them in the back of your refrigerator for five days and then throw them out, If you run out of food at your dinner party, the world will end, When traveling, call the hotel from the airport to say there aren’t enough towels in your room and, by the way, you’d like a room with a better view, Why don’t you write my eulogy now so I can correct it? These funny forms of advice will likely melt your heart and provides a good generation bonding experience.

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1. ‘our man’ by George Packer

Our Man by George Packer tells the story of Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who fell under the radar but played an immense role in American history. Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America’s greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

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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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