Adult Book Lists: Great Listens Nonfiction

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Maya Angelou / AD B ANGELOU
Mom & Me & Mom
The poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou recounts the complex and emotional relationship she had with her mother Vivian Baxter.

Eric Blehm / AD 959.7043373 BLEHM
Legend: a Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
Blehm tells the story of staff sergeant Roy Benavidez and the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, who undertook a dangerous mission to rescue a special forces team behind enemy lines.

Daniel Brown / J AD 797.1230973
The Boys in the Boat
Brown tells the story of the men's rowing team from Washington University and their quest to earn gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Susan Cain / AD 155.232 CAIN
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Cain examines how society and business practices frequently undervalue introverts and examines the neurologial differences between introverts and extroverts.

Dale Carnegie / AD 158.1 CARNEGIE
How to Win Friends and Influence People
In this classic from 1936, Carnegie offers advice on how to win arguments, achieve success, and earn people's admiration.

Richard Dawkins / AD 576.8 DAWKINS
The Greatest Show on Earth: the Evidence for Evolution
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins presents detailed evidence for the evolution of life on Earth and argues for the value of scientific education.

Tina Fey / AD 792.7028092 FEY
Bossypants
Tina Fey describes her life and work as a comedian and makes humerous observations about many of life's issues.

Atul Gawande / AD 362.175 GAWANDE
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Practicing surgeon Atul Gawande explores how medicine designed to prolong life against all odds can also prolong suffering and offers alternatives to improve quality of life for terminal patients.

Malcolm Gladwell / AD 302 GLADWELL
Outliers: the Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell examines the lives of extradordinary and unique people and explores how their upbringing, culture, family, and environment shape their success.

John Howard Griffin / AD 301.451 GRIFFIN
Black Like Me
Journalist John Howard Griffin, a white man living in the 1950s South, recounts his experiences after taking medication that makes him appear black and taking a 6 week trip across the segregated states.

Laura Hillenbrand / AD B ZAMPERIN
Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a delinquent turned Olympian and WWII American airman, who must survive against the odds when his bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean.

Walter Issacson / AD B JOBS
Steve Jobs
Isaacson presents a biography of the iconic and eccentric founder of Apple, Inc.

Steven D. Levitt / AD 330 LEVITT
Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Levitt explores how people respond to incentives and needs and how careful analysis of seemingly tangled problems can reveal answers in strange and unexpected ways.

Michael Lewis / AD 330.973 LEWIS
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Lewis examines the high-finance practices that led to the 2008 mortgage crisis and examines the work and words of four people who predicted the market would crash.

Max Lucado / AD 248.4 LUCADO
In the Eye of the Storm
Lucado explores a particularly pressure-filled day in the life of Christ to reassure Christians experiencing stressful events in their own lives.

Mark Mathabane / AD B MATHABANE
Kaffir Boy: the True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Mathabane gives an autobiographical account of growing up in a violent, impoverished community in apartheid South Africa and eventually winning a scholarship to an American university.

David G. McCullough / AD 629.13000922 MCCULLOU
The Wright Brothers
McCullough recounts the life and work of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers who invented and flew the first successful manned airplane.

Siddhartha Mukherjee / AD 616.994 MUKHERJE
The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer
Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee gives a detailed account of the history of cancer research and treatment.

Candice Millard / AD 972.7028092
The Destiny of the Republic: a Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
Millard explores the character of president James A. Garfield and the national turmoil caused by his assassination.

Craig Nelson / AD 629.4540973 NELSON
Rocket Men
Nelson recounts the history of the astronauts and scientists responsible for the Apollo Missions and putting men on the moon.

Amy Poehler / AD 972.7028092
Yes, Please
Actress and comedian Amy Poehler tells humorous stories about her personal life and offers advice.

Cheryl Strayed / AD B STRAYED
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Grieving the loss of her mother and her own marriage, Cheryl Strayed makes a transformative journey 1000 miles on foot up the Pacific Coast Trail.

Malala Yousafzai / AD B Yousafzai
I Am Malala: the Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for the education of girls and women tells the story of how she refused to back down when the Taliban closed the schools near her home even in the face of violence and began a global advocacy campaign.