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Best of 2014 - Non-fiction

Every year review journals, like Booklist, Kirkus, Libary Journal, and Publisher Weekly, pick the best books of the year. Here is a list the best of 2014 adult non-fiction and poetry.

The Below titles are available to check out. Please contact the library at 319-988-4217 to place a hold.

Adult Non-fiction

Empathy Exams: Essays, The                                                            Jamison, Leslie

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End             Gawande, Atul

Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History, The                                        Kolbert, Elizabeth

Capital in the Twenty-First Century                                                     Piketty, Thomas

On Immunity: an Innoculation                                                             Biss, Eula

In the Kingdom of Ice: the Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette           

Sides, Hampton

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David        

Wright, Lawrence

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Munroe, Randall

Bad Feminist: Essays                                                                         Gay, Roxane

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Osnos, Evan

Secret History of Wonder Woman, The                                              Lepore, Jill

Deep Down Dark: the Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free                                                                                         Tobar, Héctor

Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, The                                                                                                                       Isaacson, Walter

Blood Will Out: the True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade  

Kirn, Walter

Invisible Bridge: the Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, The         Perlstein, Rick

No Place to  Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

Greenwald, Glenn

Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking Rudder, Christian

Flash Boys: a Wall Street Revolt                                                        Lewis, Michael

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate            Klein, Naomi

History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs, The                                          Marcus, Greil

Five Came Back: a Story of Hollywood and the Second World War 

Harris, Mark

Most Dangerous Book: the Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses, The   

Birmingham, Kevin

Unspeakable: and Other Subjects of Discussion, The                        Daum, Meghan

Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World, The        

Grandin, Greg

Geek Sublime: the Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty                    Chandra, Vikram

Trip to Echo Spring: on Writers and Drinking, The                             Laing, Olivia

True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, The                              Giridharadas, Anand

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World 

Johnson, Steven

Human Age: the World Shaped by Us, The                                        Ackerman, Diane

Men Explain Things to Me                                                                  Solnit, Rebecca

Big Fat Surprise: Why Meat, Cheese and Butter Belong in a Healthy Diet, The       

Teicholz, Nina

Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution, The           

Eig, Jonathan

Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, The           Taibbi, Matt

Dr. Mutter's Marvels: a True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine                                                                                                                      Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe

Savage Harvest: a Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art                                                                                     Hoffman, Carl

Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, The                           Barber, Dan

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans           

Krist, Gary

 

How-to, Art, Cooking, Homemaking, and Gardening

Plenty More: Vibrant Veggie Cooking from London's Ottolenghi      Ottolenghi, Yotam

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home       Greenspan, Dorie

Women in Clothes                                                                             Heti, Sheila et al.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration                                                                                                      Catmull, Ed & Wallace, Amy

Marcus Off Duty: Recipes I Cook at Home                                       Samuelsson, Marcus

Prune                                                                                                 Hamilton, Gabrielle

  Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes                                                  Burns, Cortney & Balla,         Nicolaus

Bitter: a Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes

                                                                                                          McLagan, Jennifer

Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business when There Are No Easy Answers, The 

                                                                                                          Horowitz, Ben

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't        

                                                                                                          Sinek, Simon

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and over 100 Delicious Recipes                                                                     Cowin, Dana

Scaling up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less

Sutton, Robert I. & Rao, Huggy

World of Ice and Fire: the Untold Story of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, The                                                                                                       

                                                                                                        Martin, George R. R. et al.

Cosmigraphics                                                                                 Benson, Michael

How to Cook Everything Fast: a Better Way to Cook Great Food 

                                                                                                        Bittman, Mark

Make It Ahead: a Barefoot Contessa Cookbook                             Garten, Ina

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time

                                                                                                          Schulte, Brigid

Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little Known Wonders                                                                                                                      Jacobsen, Rowan

Bibliocraft: a Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects                                                                                             Pigsa, Jessica

Non-fiction – Poetry

Citizen: an American Lyric                                                                 Rankine, Claudia

Gabriel: a Poem                                                                                Hirsch, Ed          

  Digest                                                                                                Pardlo, Gregory

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