1. “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Noah Yuval Harari
Provocative study that considers the next step in human evolution.
2. “Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat” by Giles Milton
Uncovers the top secret organization designed to sabotage Hitler’s war machine.
3. “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Memoirs of growing up in apartheid South Africa from the host of TV’s Comedy Central.
4. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
Memoir of growing up in Appalachia that provides a view of disenfranchised rural white Americans.
5. “Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge” by Helen Rappaport
Narrative of the Bolshevik Revolution, through the eyes of diplomatic and journalistic European eyewitnesses.
1. “The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It” by Terry L. Jordan
2. “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” by Jane Mayer
Did a group hijack American democracy through the use of their money, to silence their political opponents?
3. “The Girl From the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Lively, irreverent memoir of a childhood growing up in nightmarish conditions in Moscow’s famed residential building.
4. “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow
Biography on which the smash Broadway musical is based.
5. “SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome” by Mary Beard
Sure-footed guide through arcane history, yet enlivened with both humor and scholarly research that vividly brings the distant past to life.
1. “Stephen Curry” by Laura K. Murray (Children’s Illustrated)
For ages 6-9, illustrated book on the NBA superstar.
2. “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon (Young Adult)
For ages 12 and up, explores themes of dreams, hopes and inherent risks in love.
3. “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak (Middle Readers)
For ages 12 and up, set in WWII Germany, story of a foster girl and her life with books.
4. “The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof” by Annie M.G. Schmidt (Middle Readers)
Charming Dutch classic of the meaning of being human, being a cat and acceptance.
5. “My Little Sonoma Valley Book” by Manette Fairmont (Children’s Illustrated)
Colorful and vivid illustrations with text that portray the charm and beauty of our town.
List compiled by Barbara Hall of Readers Books.