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Wayne College's community book club, discussing works of non-fiction on the fourth Monday of the month

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Ackerman, Diane.  The Zookeeper’s Wife.

Adams, Mark. Turn Right at Machu Picchu.

Albright, Madeleine.  Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women

Anthony, Carl Sferrazza. Ida McKinley: The Turn-of-the-Century First Lady Through War, Assassination, and Secret Disability.

Anthony, Lawrence. The elephant whisperer: My life with the herd in the African wild.

Avlon, John. Wingnuts: how the lunatic fringe is hijacking America.

Aronson, Louise. Elderhood: Redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life.

Baker, Russell.  Growing up.

Beah, Ishmael.  A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier.

Beard, Jo Ann.  The boys of my youth.

Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.

Boser, Ulrich. The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft.

Bragg, Rick.  All over but the shoutin'.

Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Bruder, Jessica. Nomadland

Bryson, Bill.  In a Sunburned Country.

Bryson, Bill. One Summer: America, 1927.

Bryson, Bill. A Short history of nearly everything.

Bryson, Bill.  A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.

Cain, Susan. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking.

Cannato, Vincent J. American Passage: The History of Ellis Island.

Carlisle, Kelly Grey. We are all shipwrecks: A memoir.

Chang, Leslie T. Factory girls: From village to city in a changing China.

Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton

Child, Julia.  My life in France.

Ciezadlo, Annia. Day of Honey: A Memoir of food, love, and war.

Cenziper, Debbie and Jim Obergefell. Love wins: The lovers and lawyers who fought the landmark case for marriage equality.

Cohen, Rich.  Sweet and low: A Family Story.

Conroy, Pat. Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son.

Conway, Jill K.  The road from Coorain.

Cooper, Anderson and Gloria Vanderbilt.  The Rainbow comes and goes: A Mother and son on life, love, and loss.

Croke, Vicki. Elephant company: The inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II.

Dedman, Bill. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.

DeFede, Jim. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland.

Desmond, Matthew. Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city.

Dreher, Rod. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming.

Drennan, William R. Death in a prairie house: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders.

Duncan, Mike. The Storm Before the Storm

Edsel, Robert M. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

Egan, Dan. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Egan, Timothy.  The Worst hard time: The untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl.

Eggers, Dave.  Zeitoun.

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.

Finkel, David. The Good Soldiers.

Finnegan, William. Barbarian days: a surfing life

Frank, Jeffrey.  Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage.

Fraser, Carolina. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fuller, Alexandra.  Don't let's go to the dogs tonight: an African childhood.

Gardner, Chris.  The pursuit of happyness.

Gawande, Atul. Being mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end.

Gentil, Olivia.  Life list: A woman's quest for the world's most amazing birds.

Giffels, David. All the way home: building a family in a falling-down house.

Gilbert, Elizabeth.  Eat, pray, love : one woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia.

Gill, Michael Gates. How Starbucks saved my life: a son of privilege learns to live like everyone else.

Gilman, Susan Jane.  Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  No ordinary time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The home front in World War II.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Gordon, Linda.  Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits.

Greenspan, Alan.  The age of turbulence : adventures in a new world.

Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon

Greitens, Eric.  The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.

Gruenewald, Mary Matsuda.  Looking like the enemy: My story of imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps.

Hancock, Noelle.  My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir. 

Harmetz, Aljean. The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie magic and studio power in the prime of MGM and the miracle of production #1060.

Harriot, James. All Creatures Great and Small

Heng, Liange.  Son of the Revolution.

Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: An American legend.

Hillenbrand, Laura.  Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption.

Horan, Nancy.  Loving Frank : A Novel.

Horwitz, Tony.  Confederates in the attic: Dispatches from the unfinished Civil War.

Humbert, Agnes. Resistance: A woman's journal of struggle and defiance in occupied France.

Hunt, Irmgard A.  On Hitler’s mountain: Overcoming the legacy of a Nazi childhood.

Hurst, Charles E. and David L. McConnell. An Amish paradox: Diversity and change in the world’s largest Amish community.

Johanyak, Debra.  Behind the veil: an American woman's memoir of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.

Johnson, Steven. The ghost map: the story of London's most terrifying epidemic--and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world.

Jourdan, Carolyn. Heart in the Right Place.

Kalanithi, Paul. When Breath Becomes Air.

Keefe, Patrick Radden. Say nothing: A true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland.

Kelly, Scott. Endurance: A year in space, a lifetime of discovery.

Kiernan, Denise. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.

Kennedy, Edward.  True Compass: A Memoir.

Kolata, Gina. Mercies in Disguise

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Koppel, Lily. The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal.

Kennedy, Miranda. Sideways on a scooter: life and love in India.

Kimmel, Haven.  A Girl named Zippy: Growing up small in Moorland, Indiana. *

Kingsolver, Barbara.  Animal, vegetable, miracle: A year in food life.

Kingston, Maxine Hong.  The woman warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts.

Klingaman, William K. The year without summer: 1816 and the volcano that darkened the world and changed history.

Kotlowitz, Alex. An American summer: Love and death in Chicago.

Krakauer, Jon.  Into the wild.

Kurlansky, Mark. 1968: The year that rocked the world.

Kurson, Robert.  Shadow divers: The true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II.

LaNeir, Carlotta Walls.  A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High.

Langguth, A.J. Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War.

Larson, Erik. Dead wake: The last crossing of the Lusitania.

Larson, Erik.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America.

Larson, Eric. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.

Larson, Erik.  Thunderstruck.

Lindhout, Amanda. A house in the sky: A memoir.

Lopez, Steve. The Soloist.

Mah, Adeline Yen.  Falling leaves: the true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter.

Massie, Robert K. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

Matzen, Robert. Dutch girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II.

McCourt, Frank.  Teacher man: A memoir.

McNamara, Michelle. I'll be gone in the dark: One woman's search for the Golden State Killer.

McCullough, David G.  The Johnstown flood.

McCullough, David. The Wright brothers.

Menaker, Daniel. My Mistake.

Meryman, Richard. Andrew Wyeth: A secret life

Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.

Millard, Candice. Hero of the empire: The Boer War, a daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill.

Millard, Candice.  River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s darkest journey.

Montgomery, Ben. Grandma Gatewood's walk: The inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail.

Moorehead, Caroline.  A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival.

Mortenson, Greg.  Three cups of Tea : one man's mission to fight terrorism and build nations -- one school at a time.

Murphy, Dervla. Full tilt: Ireland to India with a bicycle.

Nafisi, Azar.  Reading Lolita in Tehran: A memoir in books.

Noah, Trevor. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Norman, Elizabeth M.  We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped in Bataan by the Japanese.

Norris, Michele.  The Grace of Silence.

Novogratz, Jacqueline. The blue sweater: bridging the gap between rich and poor in an interconnected world.

Obama, Barack.  Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance. *

Obama, Michelle. Becoming.

O'Reilly, Bill.  Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.

Orlean, Susan. The Library book.

Pinker, Steven. Enlightenment NOW: The case for reason, science, humanism, and progress.

Reisen, Harriet. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.

Rice, Condoleezza.  Extraordinary, ordinary people: A memoir of family.

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation.

St. John, Warren.  Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town.

Schwalbe, Will. The End of Your Life Book Club.

Shah, Saira.  The Storyteller’s daughter. *

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race

Shields, Charles J.  Mockingbird: A portrait of Harper Lee.

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Smardz Frost, Karolyn.  I've got a home in glory land: a lost tale of the underground railroad.

Smith, Sally Bedell. Elizabeth the Queen: The life of a modern monarch.
Smith, Sally Bedell. Prince Charles

Stark, Peter. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's lost Pacific empire: A story of wealth, ambition, and survival.

Stevenson, Bryan. Just mercy: A story of justice and redemption.

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Tarnoff, Ben. The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco writers who reinvented American literature.

Tolan, Sandy. The Lemon Tree

Toobin, Jeffrey. American heiress: The wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst.

Toobin, Jeffrey.  The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court.

Vance, J.D. Hillbilly elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis

Varty, Boyd. Cathedral of the wild: An African journey home.

Walls, Jeannette.  The glass castle: a memoir.

Westover, Tara. Educated: A Memoir

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods

Winchester, Simon.  The professor and the madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary.

Worth, Jennifer. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times.

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