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2021 Spring Reading: Nonfiction

2021 Spring Reading: Nonfiction

We're sharing some of our favorite new books of the season! Our Spring Reading Guide is filled with staff recommendations for over 30 brand new titles—from novels to mysteries, essays to memoirs—that we think you will love. These are our recommendations in adult nonfiction.

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Hidden Valley Road

Inside the Mind of an American Family

By Robert Kolker
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
PEOPLE'S #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
ONE OF GQ's TOP 50 BOOKS OF LITERARY JOURNALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY
Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, TIME, Slate,...
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Minor Feelings

An Asian American Reckoning

By Cathy Park Hong
Narrated by: Cathy Park Hong
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE • A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness

“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.”—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen


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Four Lost Cities

A Secret History of the Urban Age

By Annalee Newitz
Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes

Four Lost Cities

“Analee Newitz looks at the fate of four so-called 'lost' cities on three continents in this book. They describe the way modern day archeologists are turning their findings into stories about what life was like in these early urban centers. For a book about falling civilizations, I found it incredibly optimistic! Political and environmental factors may have led to their downfall, but Newitz discusses the way people found ways to resettle and thrive elsewhere (and as someone who sometimes worries about political and environmental issues, I found this very comforting!)”

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Speak, Okinawa

A Memoir

By Elizabeth Miki Brina
Narrated by: Sachi Lovatt
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

A “hauntingly beautiful memoir about family and identity” (NPR) and a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents—her mother an Okinawan war bride, her father a Vietnam veteran—and her own, fraught cultural heritage.

Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier... Read more »

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Mujeres del alma mía

Sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas

By Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Javiera Gazitua
Length: 3 hours 54 minutes

Una Isabel Allende más Allende que nunca.

Un regalo para todos sus lectores, una lección de vida y coraje.

Cada año vivido y cada arruga cuentan mi historia.

Isabel Allende bucea en su memoria y nos ofrece un emocionante libro sobre su relación con el feminismo y el hecho de ser mujer, al tiempo que reivindica que la vida adulta hay que...

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Three Ordinary Girls

The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassinsand WWII Heroes

By Tim Brady
Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 7 hours

May 10, 1940. The Netherlands was swarming with Third Reich troops. In seven days it's entirely occupied by Nazi Germany. Joining a small resistance cell in the Dutch city of Haarlem were three teenage girls: Hannie Schaft, and sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen, who would soon band together to form a singular female underground squad.

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Between Two Kingdoms

A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

By Suleika Jaouad
Narrated by: Suleika Jaouad
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life—from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post,... Read more »

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How to Not Die Alone

The Surprising Science That Will Help You Find Love

By Logan Ury
Narrated by: Logan Ury
Length: 8 hours

A “must-read” (The Washington Post) funny and practical guide to help you find, build, and keep the relationship of your dreams.

Have you ever looked around and wondered, “Why has everyone found love except me?” You’re not the only one. Great relationships don’t just appear in our lives—they’re the culmination of a series of decisions, including... Read more »

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Women and Other Monsters

Building a New Mythology

By Jess Zimmerman
Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

If you enjoyed Circe, then you’ll love Women and Other Monsters.

“A perfect introduction to Women’s Studies using familiar and recognized pieces of western mythology. Moyen strikes a perfect balance allowing Zimmerman’s self deprecating humor and keen critical voice to come through. If you enjoy the retelling of story or the surprise of a different perspective, you will love Women and Other Monsters.

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