Spotlight On: Nonfiction CD Books

Nonfiction CD Books: We have a selection of nonfiction CD books for you to listen to on your drive, or around your house. These ranger from self-help to history, and from humor to memoirs. The nonfiction CD books are located on the short bookshelves next to the computers in the middle of the library. New nonfiction CD books have red “NEW” labels on them.

Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates (New)

Told through the author’s own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America’s racial history and its contemporary echoes. (CDBOOK 305.8 COA)


Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover (New)

In her memoir, Westover recounts her childhood growing up in a strict Mormon family, ruled by an erratic father, and living off the grid in Idaho. Westover compellingly sketches her years growing up, her relationships with siblings, encounters in the town nearby, and the events that eventually drove her to leave and pursue formal education. (CDBOOK 921 WESTOVER)

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life / Nick Vujicic

Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disability to live not just independently but a rich, fulfilling life, becoming a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, his central message isthat the most important goal for anyone is to find their life’s purpose despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in their way. (CDBOOK 248.4 VUJ)

A Death in Belmont / Sebastian Junger

Documents the events surrounding the early 1960s serial murder case of the Boston Strangler, recounting how an innocent African-American housekeeper was hastily convicted and how the actual killer, carpenter Albert DeSalvo, eventually confessed. (CDBOOK 364.1523 JUN)


Hallucinations / Oliver Sacks

A provocative investigation into the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations traces everything from the disorientations of sleep and intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness, drawing on a wealth of clinical examples to explore hallucination categories and how they reflect folklore and brain structure. (CDBOOK 616.89 SAC)

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence / Amy Sedaris

Offers a guide to the art of entertaining, furnishing recipes, helpful advice, and offbeat tips on how to host parties with extraordinary flair, covering such topics as unique dishes to serve alcoholics and arts and crafts ideas. (CDBOOK 793.2 SED)


Food: A Love Story / Jim Gaffigan

In his second book, he will give them what they really crave–hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”. (CDBOOK 817.54 GAF)

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail / Bill Bryson

Bryson shares his breath-taking adventures and the fascinating history of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, as he travels slowly on foot. (CDBOOK 917.4 BRY)


A Life in Parts / Bryan Cranston

A humorous coming-of-age memoir and meditation on creativity by the star of Breaking Bad chronicles his theatrical childhood and recommitment to acting in the aftermath of his father’s disappearance, describing his early acting jobs and the performances that earned him Tony and Emmy Awards. (CDBOOK 921 CRANSTON)

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War / Karen Abbott

Draws from primary source material and interviews to weave together the adventures of four courageous women who risked everything to become spies during the most tumultuous years of the Civil War. (CDBOOK 973.78 ABB)


“The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.” ~Anthony Trollope



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