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End of Summer Reads, Part 2: Gripping Nonfiction

Now that summer is winding down, make sure you're caught up with all of summer's hottest novels with part two of our three guides to the most talked about books of the summer (see also Part 1: Novels You Can't Put Down and Part 3: New Novels by Beloved Authors).  Put these fascinating nonfiction titles on your autumn reading lists!

Gripping Nonfiction She Left Me The Gun

She Left Me the Gun by Emma Brockes - Brockes grew up hearing only pieces of her mother's past--stories of a rustic childhood in South Africa, glimpses of a bohemian youth in London--and yet knew that crucial facts were still in the dark. Looking to unearth the truth after her mother's death, Brockes begins a dangerous journey into the land--and the life--her mother fled from years before. Brockes begins to find the wellsprings of her mother's strength, the tremendous endurance which allowed Paula to hide terrible secrets from even her closest friends and family.

I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Become an Icon by Toure - Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture: Prince. Drawing on new research and enlivened by Touré's unique pop-cultural fluency, I Would Die 4 U relies on surprising and in-depth interviews with Prince's band members, former girlfriends, musicologists, and even Bible scholars to deconstruct the artist's life and work.Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong - The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic television series offers insight into how the influential show reflected changing American perspectives and was a first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers.

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer - Through an examination of the lives of several Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, Packer portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays: The Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age by Allen Barra - Culturally, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were light years apart. Yet they were nearly the same age, almost the same size, and came to New York at the same time. They possessed virtually the same talents, and played the same position. Both lived secret lives far different from those their fans knew. What their fans also didn't know was that the two men shared a close personal friendship--and that each was the only man who could truly understand the other's experience.

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti - Paterniti traveled to Spain where he rapidly fell under the spell of the loquacious cheesemaker, Ambrosio, and the tiny village of Guzman, situated in the "vast, empty highlands of the Central plateau of Spain." At the center of the narrative is the saga of betrayal of Ambrosio and his artisanal cheese by his boyhood friend, Julian.The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown - Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D'Antonio - An explosive, sweeping account of the pedophile scandal that has sent the Catholic church into a tailspin and the fight to bring it to justice.

The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo - One of America's most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.

Happy reading!  Stay tuned for Part 3: New Novels by Beloved Authors!

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