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Apr 12, 2020
1  (1)
The Great Influenza
by John M Barry

An overview of the 1918 flu epidemic and cautionary tale for similar kinds of large-scale outbreaks.

2  (2)
Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth's dominant species.

3  (5)
The Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel van der Kolk

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

4  (4)
Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient's memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

5  (3)
Say Nothing
by Patrick Radden Keefe

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

6  (6)
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of "The Daily Show."

7  (new)
The Fifth Risk
by Michael Lewis

How the Trump administration staffs its federal agencies.

8  (9)
Outliers
by Malcolm Gladwell

Unexpected factors that explain why some people succeed, such as upbringing, timing and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

9  (10)
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

When we can and cannot trust our intuitions in making business and personal decisions.

10  (7)
Chesapeake Requiem
by Earl Swift

The ways that climate change encroaches the well-being of the small community of Tangier Island, Virginia.

11  (11)
Midnight in Chernobyl
by Adam Higginbotham

An account of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, based on hundreds of hours of interviews.

12  (12)
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.

13  (new)
Maid
by Stephanie Land

An unexpected pregnancy forces the author to navigate challenges faced by the working poor.

14  (14)
Bad Blood
by John Carreyrou

The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.

15  (13)
Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation espouses having an understanding and appreciation of plants and animals.