Non Fiction Book Recommendations

Are you looking for something good to read while following shelter-in-place orders?

The Ela Reference Department has begun to compile a list of our favorite non-fiction reads. Ordinarily, you can find them on the second floor of the library. The library is currently closed but you can still check out eBooks from our Overdrive Catalog, including the following titles:

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your LIfe, One Night at a Time By Arianna Huffington
In today's fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually-harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a good night's sleep is more important—and elusive—than ever. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.
*Recommended by Dave

Good Housekeeping 400-Calorie Instant Pot by Good Housekeeping
Since many of us are staying home why not put that instant pot to good use and make some healthy meals. This book features a collection of 400-calorie dishes such as Chili-Braised Beef with Noodles, Spicy Shrimp Creole and Chicken Coconut Curry. You will become an expert at using your instant pot to cook healthier meals.
*Recommended by Renée


The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott
In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.
*Recommended by Renée

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies by Tara Schuster
This is the book Tara wished someone had given her and it is the book many of us desperately need: a candid, hysterical, addictively readable, practical guide to growing up (no matter where you are in life) and learning to love yourself in a non-throw-up-in-your-mouth-it's-so-cheesy way.
*Recommended by Melissa


The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci
Do you miss baseball? Why not relive the historic 2016 Cubs season? Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.
*Recommended by Dave


Maid- Hard Work, Low Pay and A Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
In her heartfelt debut memoir, Land describes the struggles she faced as a young single mother living in poverty. The author did not grow up in poverty, but her struggles slowly evolved after her parents divorced, remarried, and essentially abandoned her; after she gave birth to a daughter fathered by a man who never stopped being abusive; and after her employment prospects narrowed to dirty jobs with absurdly low hourly pay. For readers who believe individuals living below the poverty line are lazy and/or intellectually challenged, this memoir is a stark, necessary corrective.
Recommended by Renée

Untamed by Glennon Doyle
An activist, speaker and philanthropist offers a memoir wrapped in a wake-up call that reveals how women can reclaim their true, untamed selves by breaking free of the restrictive expectations and cultural conditioning that leaves them feeling dissatisfied and lost. This book is a testament to female empowerment, self-love, and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.
Recommended by Renée


Atomic Habits by James Clear
Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits—whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.
Recommended by Melissa


Magnolia Table, Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines
This book is beautifully photographed and filled with dishes you’ll want to try at home. I tried the Magnolia Press Chocolate Chip cookies and they were scrumptious. Joanna Gaines covers a wide range of recipes and I’m excited to try more!
Recommended by Renée

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