Auckland Libraries: Top 10 non-fiction

Top 10 non-fiction

​The top 10 non-fiction books, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

Life as a casketeer

Francis Tipene

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Francis and Kaiora Tipene aren't your typical funeral directors. With their famous humour and big-hearted personalities, the reality TV stars are changing the way we think about death and grief. A love story for whānau, culture and each other.

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Wild at heart

Miriam Lancewood

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Miriam Lancewood and her husband lived for six years in the wilderness of New Zealand, hunting and gathering, and roaming the mountains like nomads. Then they left New Zealand to explore other wild places and embrace uncertainty.

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The golden maze

Richard Fidler

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In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of a provocative Australian comedy trio when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this historic moment, he travelled to Prague, where a decrepit police state was being overthrown.

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All Boys Aren't Blue

George M. Johnson

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This is a memoir of growing up queer before one has the language to know exactly what that means. Split into three parts, Johnson's book shares intimate stories of his childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, and the performance of masculinity.

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Humankind

Rutger Bregman

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Every progressive idea - whether it was the abolition of slavery, the advent of democracy, women's suffrage, or the ratification of marriage equality - was once considered radical and dangerous by the mainstream opinion of its time. Can we do better?

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The lost pianos of Siberia

Sophy Roberts

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Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, prisons and unmarked graves. Yet all throughout this remote land are pianos – grand instruments created during the boom years and humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into modest homes.

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Until the end of time

B. (Brian) Greene

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This is a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose. Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang to the end of time and invites us to ponder meaning in the face of this unimaginable expanse.

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Hiakai:

Monique Fiso

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Chef and author Monique Fiso (Nga Rauru, Ngati Ruanui) has worked in an array of renowned restaurants overseas. She returned to New Zealand in 2016 and began the pop-up dining series called Hiakai that's taken the New Zealand food scene by storm.

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Husna's story

Farid Ahmed

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Husna and her husband Farid Ahmed were praying at El Noor Mosque in Christchurch when a gunman burst in and shot and killed 51 people and injured many others in a terrorist attack. This book is about a life of selflessness, bravery and love.

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You're not listening

Kate Murphy

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When was the last time you listened to someone, or someone really listened to you? At work, we're taught to lead the conversation. On social media, we shape our narratives and talk over one another. This book will transform your conversations.

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