Nerdy Nonfiction

    • The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
      Judith Flanders

      From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved Englishnbsp;novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor.

    • The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl
      Martin Windrow

      The story of an odd couple--a British military historian and the Tawny Owl with whom he lived for fifteen years. . .  In the spirit of J. R. Ackerley's My Dog Tulip , Windrow offers a poignant and unforgettable reminiscence of his charmed years with his improbable pet, as well as an unexpected education in the paleontology, zoology, and sociology of owls.

    • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
      Simon Sinek

      In his travels Simon Sinek noticed that some teams were able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other...Why? The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last," he said...The biology is clear: when it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader's vision and their organization's interests. It's amazing how well it works.

    • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
      Matt Taibbi

      Through astonishing--and enraging--accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide's punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.

    • Overwhelmed: Work, Love, & Play When No One Has the Time
      Brigid Schulte

      Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration.

    • One Summer, America 1927
      Bill Bryson

      Examines the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.

    • Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Quest for Primitive Art
      Carl Hoffman

      Michael Rockefeller disappeared in New Guinea in 1961. Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd been killed and ceremonially eaten by a local tribe of warriors. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family denied the story and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea to solve this decades-old mystery and illuminate a culture transformed by years of colonial rule.