Thought-provoking non-fiction

Go beyond old high school history books with these authors who tackle the real world

Thought-provoking non-fiction

On Immunity: An inoculation
Eula Biss

From the myth of Achilles and the scourge of malaria to Dracula and DDT, Biss brilliantly expands a straightforward question – to vaccinate or not to vaccinate – into a multilayered investigation of fear and perception. You’ll never think of a simple shot the same way again.
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No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
Anand Gopal

A Taliban commander. A warlord. A village housewife. These are the three people whose lives journalist Gopal chronicles in his account of the Afghan war, weaving together the intimacy of their stories with a larger narrative of mistakes and misconduct during this ongoing international conflict.
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Bad Feminist: Essays
Roxane Gay

It’s truly been the year of Roxane Gay. First, a brilliant novel, and now one of the year’s must-read essay collections. With humour, bravery and cutting insight, Gay moves fluidly between topics ranging from being a woman of colour to the TV show Girls and the Sweet Valley High books.
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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
Naomi Klein

The bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine returns with a resounding call-to-arms about the urgency of climate change. Klein looks at how communities of the world can – and must – reduce greenhouse emissions to alter not only the devastating trajectory of climate change but issues of equality, democracy and economies, too.
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The Meaning of Human Existence
Edward O. Wilson

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Wilson isn’t afraid to tackle the big questions, and this is, well, probably the biggest question there is. With his unique blend of science and philosophy, the author examines evolution, technology and our place in the cosmos, all while circling around one key word: Why?
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