Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

Jon Foro on September 07, 2017

Here are just a few of our favorite nonfiction titles for September. See more of our nonfiction picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.

Ranger-Games200Ranger Games is a true crime novel that reads like a binge-worthy television show. Ben Blum, like most of his family, was shocked by the actions of his cousin and proud Army Ranger, Alex Blum. On a final leave before deployment, rather than going home to spend time with his family, Alex jumps in a car and drives to Tacoma, WA where he and four others (two of which he didn't know) rob a bank. Was it a training gone wrong or a cry for help yelled from a seemingly perfect exterior? Blum's deep research, crafted storytelling, and seamless writing style will have you sucked in from the start and wanting more when you finish. --Penny Mann


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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
Kiernan ( The Girls of Atomic City) recounts the "life" of the largest residence ever constructed in the United States, the Biltmore mansion - a tale spanning a century, packed with presidents, artists, writers, eccentrics, and socialites. Fortunes (personal and financial) rise and fall, and, just maybe, there's a murder.

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Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna
Ever wonder where all the chicken is coming from? I do, and as I always suspected, I'm not sure I feel better knowing. McKenna - a journalist who who reports on public health and food policy - tracks the path of this most common fowl and food source from backyard coops to the (let's face it, horrible) antibiotic-soaked "industry" that fuels our hunger for cheap wings and nuggets. Bwok-bwok.

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Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles
The joke (depending on your point of view) is that it's only a matter of time before California, like a giant perforated graham cracker, will snap off at the San Andreas Fault and crumble into the sea. But as it turns out, everyone might have a BIG ONE to deal with. Kathryn Miles’s Quakeland investigates the era of human-caused earthquakes. From fracking to nuclear- and chemical weapons-waste disposal, we’ve been destabilizing the ground beneath our feet in areas not historically quake-prone – and where the buildings are definitely not engineered to handle major seismic events.

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