Auckland Libraries: Annie’s top quirky non-fiction picks

Annie’s top quirky non-fiction picks

Ngā Tino pukapuka paki whanokē e ai ki a Anne

Browse Annie's current top quirky nonfiction picks*.

*subject to change at a moment's notice.

Cannibalism

Bill Schutt

Book

"Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons relating to famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies. Cannibalism has been used as a form...

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Norse mythology

Neil Gaiman

Book

"The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he...

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When books went to war

Molly Guptill Manning

Book

When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and...

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Noise

David Hendy

Book

"What if history had a sound track? What would it tell us about ourselves? Based on a thirty-part BBC Radio series and podcast, Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to...

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The ghost map

Steven Johnson

Book

A chronicle of Victorian London's worst cholera outbreak traces the day-by-day efforts of Dr. John Snow, who put his own life on the line in his efforts to prove his previously dismissed contagion theory about how the epidemic was spreading.

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Making sense of science

Cornelia Dean

Book

Cornelia Dean draws on her 30 years as a science journalist with the New York Times to expose the flawed reasoning and knowledge gaps that handicap readers when they try to make sense of science. She calls attention to conflicts of interest in research...

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A brief history of everyone who ever lived

Adam Rutherford

Book

"This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes...

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We are all stardust

Stefan Klein

Book

Nineteen brilliantly led conversations with a sterling roster of natural and social scientists, shedding new light on their ideas, discoveries and lives. How does Jane Goodall s relationship with her dog Rusty inform her thinking about our relationship...

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Moa

Quinn Berentson

Book

"The moa were the most unusual and unique family of birds that ever lived, a clan of feathered monsters that developed in isolation for many, many millions of years. They became extinct reasonably quickly after the arrival of the Maori, and were a distant...

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How to be a Tudor

Ruth Goodman

Book

"We know about the historical dramas of Tudor times - the court of Henry VIII and the break from Rome. But what was life really like for a commoner like you or me? Ruth Goodman has spent months at a time sleeping, eating and (sometimes not) washing...

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Wild things!

Betsy Bird

Book

Did Laura Ingalls cross paths with a band of mass murderers? Why was a Garth Williams bunny tale dubbed "integrationist propaganda"? For adults who are curious about children's books and their creators, here are the little-known stories behind the stories....

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Grandma Gatewood's walk

Ben Montgomery

Book

Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person, man or woman, to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood,...

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The end of your life book club

Will Schwalbe

Large Print

In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later, she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother,...

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What are you doing out here

Norman Harris

Book

This book may be tiny – less than 60 pages of text – but I challenge you to read it without teary eyes. Read and remember why sport – cricket in particular – is so much a part of the New Zealand psyche. Also try The team that never played.

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Annie

LibrarianHelensville Library