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2008 Top Nonfiction Picks

America 1908
by Jim Rasenberger
A breathtaking ride through the highs and lows of one spectacular, pivotal year in American history.

Born Standing Up
by Steve Martin
In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away."

Crashing Through
by Robert Kurson
The stunning true story of one man’s heroic odyssey from blindness into sight. Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May’s vision.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron
How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world?

by Meredith Norton
A hilarious and wickedly irreverent look at life with cancer, Lopsided is not your ordinary cancer memoir. Meredith Norton chronicles every step of her experience, starting with her bizarre symptoms while living in Paris to moving back home to California and living with her compulsive parents and their five television sets.

Mrs. Astor Regrets: the hidden betrayals of a family beyond reproach
by Meryl Gordon
A riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor as a famous family falls apart in public. The fate of Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006, alleging mistreatment of Brooke.

Our Dumb World: the Onion's atlas of the planet Earth: seventy-third edition
The Onion
Packed with beautiful full-color maps and framed with inaccurate essays about the world written by the full "Onion" staff, "Our Dumb World: The Onions Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition" is the first original "Onion" book in eight years--a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed

by Malcolm Gladwell
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
by Ammon Shea
To enthusiast Shea, the 137 pounds is as nothing, the tiny print is no impediment, and getting through the nearly 22,000 pages is just a labor of love.

Split: a memoir of divorce
by Suzanne Finnamore
In brief, astute chapters riddled with a dry, deadpan humor, the author reconstructs this surreal journey from giddy romance with a suave older man (she is 40, while he is in his 50s), through motherhood and the dawning suspicions of his infidelity, to his abandonment and denial that he is involved with someone else.

The Devil We Know: dealing with the new Iranian superpower
by Robert Baer
Former CIA operative Robert Baer here exposes for the first time the true extent of Iran's tightening grip on the Middle East and the world's energy corridor, the Persian Gulf — revealing that the Shia nation has effectively checkmated the United States and other leading countries in a new global power play.

The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America
by Thurston Clark
The definitive account of Robert Kennedy's exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president-a revelatory history that is especially resonant now

War as They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest
by Michael Rosenberg
In this enthralling book, Michael Rosenberg dramatically weaves the campus unrest and political upheaval into the story of Hayes and Schembechler. Their rivalry began with Schembechler arriving in protest-heavy Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the height of the Vietnam War. It ended with Hayes wondering what had happened to his country. War As They Knew It is a sobering and fascinating look at two iconic coaches and a different generation.

What in the World is Going On?
by David Jeremiah
Is the current economic and political crisis actually prophesied in the Bible? If so, what are we to do about it? It is hard to piece together all this information in a way that gives a comprehensive picture of what the end times will look like. That's why so many theories abound. And that's why Dr. David Jeremiah has written What In the World Is Going On?, a unique book that cuts through the hundreds of books and numerous theories to identify the essential 10 most important bible prophecies.

Where Did I Leave My Glasses: The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss
by Martha Weinman Lear
According to Martha Weinman Lear and the top memory experts she taps in the book, the memory lapses that begin in middle age are typically no cause for alarm. In other words: You're normal! In fact, remembering less in later years is rarely a sign of Alzheimer's or any other scary memory-loss condition. It's just a part of normal aging.

The Zookeeper's Wife
by Diane Ackerman
A true story—as powerful asSchindler's List—in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

Nixonland : the rise of a president and the fracturing of America
by Rick Perlstein
Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency