Top Ten New Non-Fiction for the truth lovers on your list

Sometimes you just need to escape from teenage vampires and blue aliens and say “I want the truth.”  Now you might expect to hear “You can’t handle the truth.” in response, but alas perhaps you CAN handle the truth with some of these great new (and new-ish) titles:

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SuperFreakonomics
Steven D. Levitt
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with Superfreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first.
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Last Worlds
George Carlin
As one of America’s preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acer-bic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life.
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The Book of Basketball
Bill Simmons
There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA.* Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, is that writer. And The Book of Basketball is that book.
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The Partnership

Charles D. Ellis
The Partnership chronicles the most important periods in Goldman Sachs’s history and the individuals who built one of the world’s largest investment banks. Charles D. Ellis reveals the secrets behind the firm’s continued success through many life-threatening changes.
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Lies My Mother Never Told Me
Kaylie Jones
When her famous father, James Jones died from heart failure complicated by years of drinking, Kaylie Jones turned to his work, looking beyond the man she worshipped, determined that she too would write.  Lies My Mother Never Told Me is the mesmerizing story of Kaylie’s battle with alcoholism and her struggle to flourish despite the looming shadow of a famous father and an emotionally abusive and damaged mother.
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Where Men Win Glory
John Krakauer
The bestselling author of Into the Wild delivers a stunning account of Pat Tillman’s haunting journey.  In May 2002, Tillman walked away from a $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the Army.  He was deeply troubled by 9/11, and he felt a strong moral obligation to join the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Two years later, he died on a desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan.

Krakauer chronicles Tillman’s riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death.
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Empire of Illusion
Chris Hedges
Pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion.

In the tradition of Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Hedges attends WWF contests and Ivy League graduation ceremonies — exposing an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion.

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Alex & Me
Irene Pepperberg
“You be good. I love you,” were Alex’s final words to his owner, research scientist Irene Pepperberg, before his premature death at age 31.  An African Grey parrot, Alex had a brain the size of a shelled walnut, yet he could add, sound out words, and understand complex concepts.  Alex & Me is the remarkable true account of an amazing, irascible parrot and his best friend who stayed together through thick and thin for thirty years—the astonishing, moving, and unforgettable story of a landmark scientific achievement and a beautiful relationship.
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What the Dog Saw
Malcolm Gladwell
What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.
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NurtureShock
Po Bronson
NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.  They argue that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas.  With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

One Comment

  1. I’m about half way through Last Words, its a pretty good read.

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