Hardcover nonfiction

1. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff

Accounts from inside the West Wing tell of the stormy first months of the Trump presidency.

2. “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Harvard professors draw on decades of research and historical examples to show how democracies are threatened and saved.

3. “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation,” by Bob Roth

Instructor explains how the mantra-based technique can raise productivity and increase happiness.



1. “Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living,” by Jacob Israel Liberman

An approach to experiencing presence and bypassing barriers to joy and ease-filled living.

2. “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave,” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Historical account of a runaway slave.

3. “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changes our Minds,” by Michael Lewis

Story of two Israeli psychologists and their pioneering research.


1. “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas

A teen girl’s experiences depict the inspiration for the Black Lives Matter movement.

2. “Dog Man and Cat Kid,” by Dav Pilkey

Graphic novel, in this fourth installment, the hero now has a feline sidekick.

3. “Crenshaw,” by Katherine Applegate

Middle Reader. Unforgettable and magical story about family and resilience.