Auckland Libraries: Top 10 nonfiction

Top 10 nonfiction

The top 10 nonfiction titles, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

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Astrophysics for people in a hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Book

While you wait for your coffee or commute, this book will reveal what you need to be fluent and ready for the cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, quarks to quantum mechanics, and the search for planets and life in the universe.

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Inglorious empire

Shashi Tharoor

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In the 18th century, India's share of the economy was as large as Europe's. After two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. British imperialism justified that it’s for the benefit of the governed, but Tharoor demolishes this position.

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How to eat better

James Wong

Book

How to Eat Better strips away the fad diets, superfood fixations and Instagram hashtags to give you a straight-talking scientist's guide to making everyday foods far healthier (and tastier) simply by changing the way you select, store and cook them.

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The New Zealand project

Max Harris

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Unashamedly idealistic, The New Zealand Project ultimately does not seek to prescribe a new future but instead kick-start a fresh and bigger conversation about how to improve the country - and the world - we all inhabit now.

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Old Asian, new Asian

K. Emma Ng

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K. Emma Ng shines light onto the persistence of anti-Asian sentiment in New Zealand. Her anecdotal account is based on her personal experience as a second-generation young Chinese-New Zealand woman and those of other young Asian-New Zealanders.

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Tears of Rangi

Anne Salmond

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In her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide.

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Sunday best

Peter J. (Peter James) Lineham

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Historian Peter Lineham examines Christianity in New Zealand through the lens of cultural development, and asks: If the various denominations and faiths set out to shape New Zealand, how did the very fact of New Zealand change those faiths?

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Eat

Chelsea Winter

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Ranging from quick and easy stir-fries to hearty slow-cooked dishes, these recipes are light on effort and big on taste. With no complicated cooking methods or hard-to-find ingredients, Eat promises to make cooking a cause for celebration.

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Daring to drive

Manal Al-Sharif

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Manal al-Sharif took to the streets in a one-woman protest that gave birth to Women2Drive. Daring to Drive offers a rare glimpse of women's lives in modern Saudi Arabia - a remarkable exploration of resilience and a celebration of female solidarity.

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The choice

Edith Eva Eger

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One of the few remaining Holocaust survivors tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives.

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