Reads Like Fiction

    • Best. State. Ever.
      Dave Barry

      We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best.

    • The Class
      Heather Won Tesoriero

      Traces a year in the life of a visionary high school science teacher, describing how he left a successful corporate career to guide a diverse range of students through prestigious science competitions, personal challenges, and college applications.

    • Did You Just Eat That?
      Paul Dawson

      Have you ever dropped a chip on the ground, picked it up after five seconds--then eaten it? A rollicking yet rigorous inquiry that follows the science of germs into the kitchen, restaurant, and everywhere else you eat and drink.

    • Figuring
      Maria Popova

      Explores the search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of historical figures from four centuries--artists, writers, and scientists, most of them women, who changed the way humans understand, experience, and appreciate the universe.

    • The Girl Who Smiled Beads
      Clemantine Wamariya

      Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety. At age twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States. Clemantine went on to attend private school and graduate from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, this is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

    • Heartland
      Sarah Smarsh

      Reveals one woman's experience of working-class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening and topical personal story.

    • The Inner Life of Animals
      Peter Wohlleben

      A revelatory exploration of the diverse emotional intelligence of animals as demonstrated in vibrant stories about loving pigs, cheating magpies, scheming roosters and more.

    • Lucky 666
      Bob Drury

      This story traces the lesser-known story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who in 1943 engaged the Japanese in what became history's longest dogfight, changing the course of the war through their heroic acts of sacrifice.

    • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
      Brad Ricca

      This is the shocking and amazing true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.

    • Nomadland
      Jessica Bruder

      An eye-opening tale of the underbelly of the American economy, a labor pool made up of largely transient older Americans who, unable to retire, must work strenuous, low-wage jobs to get by. But also a celebration of the resilience and creativity of these ‘workampers’ who’ve given up ordinary rootedness to survive.

    • Rise
      Cara Brookins

      The story of a woman who, having escaped an abusive marriage but having no house to live in, enlisted the help of a bank loan and her four children to build a home from the ground up.

    • Rocket Men
      Robert Kurson

      Shares the inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission, focusing on the lives and families of the astronauts, and illuminating the political factors that prompted America to save the Apollo program and define the space race.

    • The Rules Do Not Apply
      Ariel Levy

      When Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful. A month later, none of that was true.

    • The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story
      Cara Robertson

      When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history.