Journalists present book-length investigations covering topics as varied as wrestling, literature and psychology. These well-researched books are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.
Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is under fire for the cash generated by college men’s basketball and football, money that benefits everyone except the student-athletes.
Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff by Alison Stewart
This investigation of why people hold on to stuff they will probably never use includes ride-alongs with junk removal teams, an interview with the executive producer of Pawn Stars and the growing problem of space junk.
Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the World by Kevin Bales
Environmental decline and modern-day slavery almost always go hand-in-hand, whether in the gold mines of Ghana or the beautiful mangrove forests of Bangladesh.
Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities by Claudia Kalb
Inventive look at the evolution of mental health provides a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology.
Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by Ingrid Carlberg
In 1944, Sweden’s Special Envoy to Budapest sheltered thousands of desperate Jews and was arrested as a spy by the Soviet troops who were relieving the city, never to be seen again.
A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness and the Path to Enlightenment by Scott Carney
The death of a thirty-eight-year-old man from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, is the springboard for an investigation of the connection between intensive meditation and mental instability.
Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs by Michelle Malkin
From colonial times to the Industrial Age, little known inventors achieved their dreams of doing well by doing good, illustrating stories that explain our country’s fertile climate for scientific advancement and entrepreneurship.
The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe by Ann Morgan
Following an impulse to read more internationally, a journalist spent a year reading stories from 196 nations and offers insight into how stories are written and how geography and history shape books.
One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon by Tim Weiner
Using recently declassified documents, the author presents a portrait of a brilliant man overcome by his deep insecurities and his distrust of his cabinet, Congress, and the American people.
The WW Attitude Era by Jon Robinson
In the late 1990s, with its fans clamoring for something different, World Wrestling Entertainment developed a motley crew of outlaws, oddballs, and antiheroes to buck the status quo.
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
Employing a structure that mirrors George Eliot’s novel, the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure are brought into the modern world.
Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death by Judy Bachrach
Researchers are recognizing patterns in the hundreds of thousands of documented experiences of post-death experiences.
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
After twenty-five years as a magazine writer, the author’s job was eliminated and he joined the tech explosion in Silicon Valley, taking a job with a start-up flush with $100 million in venture capital.
A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri
Columnist has learned that interesting things start to happen when you stop caring what people think, so she purposefully faced potentially awkward situations such as losing on Jeopardy! and auditioning for America’s Top Model.
July 22, 2016