ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2014: Non-Fiction

by on December 26th, 2014

What do pies, video games, and rock ‘n’ roll have in common? These were some of the topics staff read about from the Library’s non-fiction collection. With subjects ranging from gardening to travel, our non-fiction section on the second floor has something for everyone! If you’re not a regular non-fiction reader, we suggest the following titles to get you started.


  • Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World by Benny Lewis
  • The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms at Home by Stephen Russell
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris
  • The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes: Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I Gave Up On by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  • The Republic of the Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi
  • Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter by Kate Lebo
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn
  • Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival by Sean Strub
  • The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast
  • Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park by Matthew Gilbert
  • The Iowa State Fair by Kent Ullrich

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