Noteworthy Nonfiction eBooks – Available NOW!

Thanks to the generosity of several publishers and distributors, The Seattle Public Library now provides access to hundreds of Always Available nonfiction eBooks until June 30th! While you wait for your holds to be filled and for the library to reopen, check some of these out.

Five National Book Award nominees are available, including two winners: Sarah M. Broom’s searing memoir The Yellow House (2019), which chronicles her family’s hundred year history through the family house in New Orleans, and Jeffrey Stewart’s The New Negro (2018), a biography of the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance” (this also won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2018). Nominees include Tressie McMillan Cottom’s smart and provocative essay collection Thick (2019); Albert Woodfox’s devastating memoir Solitary (2019) about spending four decades in solitary confinement; and Strangers in Their Own Land (2018), where Berkeley-based author Arlie Russell Hochschild finds common ground with people on the conservative end of the political spectrum.

Some other notable recent releases include Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun, who explores the stressors affecting Generation X women; Why Trust Science? in which Naomi Oreskes asks the question that is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic; Small Fry, where Lisa Brenner-Jobs reveals what it was like growing up with Apple founder Steve Jobs for a father; and Switched On Pop, Nate Sloan’s illuminating analysis of pop music based on the eponymous podcast.

A wide range of longtime favorites is available as well. Start with Full Service by Scotty Bowers, the tell-all memoir about the secret sex lives of movie stars during the Golden Age, and inspiration for the Netflix sensation Hollywood.  The latest edition of Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen will have you rethink everything you learned in history class; Mark Bowden’s account of a military mission gone wrong in Black Hawk Downa classic in war reporting; Tobias Wolff’s unforgettable memoir This Boy’s Life, about his difficult childhood in Concrete, Wash.; H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald’s reflections on grief, falconry and nature; and A Pattern LanguageChristopher Alexander’s absolutely original treatise on the buildings and towns we design, which is as relevant today as it was when the book was first published in 1977.

~posted by Frank 

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