Adult Nonfiction Vacation Reads, Part 1

Just in case you didn't notice the "part 1" in the title of this entry, that means that there will be a part 2 coming later. Library staff had so many great suggestions (over 30!) that I wanted to include them all, but putting them all in one list would be overwhelming. Please click on the title you're interested in to go straight to the catalog to check availability or place your hold. Now the books...


Grandma Gatewood’s Walk : the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail
/ Ben Montgomery. BIO GATEWOOD,E 2014
An interesting story of a 67-year-old woman who walked the Appalachian Trail by herself.  The book was based mostly on her diary, newspaper articles, and family recollections.

The illustrated longitude
 / Dava Sobel and William J.H. Andrewes   526.62 SOB 1998
Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes

I wonder as I wander : an autobiographical journey / Langston Hughes BIO HUGHES,L
An American author reflects on the people and places he encountered during his world travels during the 1930's

Information doesn't want to be free : laws for the Internet age /  CoryDoctorow
346.730482 DOC 2014
A report on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age considers the challenges being faced by small artists and posed by large corporations, exploring pitfalls and opportunities to reveal evolving Internet business models.

Into the Wild
/ Jon Krakauer 979.805092 KRA 1996
The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the fascinating allure that the wilderness has for the American imagination

James Tiptree, Jr. : the double life of Alice B. Sheldon
/ Julie Phillips. BIO TIPTREE, J 2006
Profiles the successful woman author who hid behind the male pen name of James Tiptree, Jr., to publish short works of science fiction in the 1970s, describing her work as an intelligence officer during World War II and her shocking suicide.

Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul
/James McBride 782.421644 MCB 2016
Recounts the author's cultural journey in search of the man behind the legend of James Brown, discovering his rich musical legacy and the ongoing disputes surrounding his will as well as the complicated racial, music, and cultural factors that shaped hisstory.

The Last American Man / Elizabeth Gilbert
305.3109 GIL 2002
A cultural examination of the modern American male explores the meaning of manhood in all of its contradictions and challenges.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
/ Misty Copeland BIO COPELAND,M 2014
As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground-breaking ballerina. 

Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II
/ Mitchell Zuckoff.     940.548 ZUC 2011
Describes the 1945 odyssey of three plane crash survivors in New Guinea who endured a harrowing journey through the jungle to seek help, their encounter with a primitive tribe who had never seen white people, and their eventual rescue by a band of paratroopers.

The Orchid Thief
/ Susan Orleans 635.9344 ORL 1998
Describes the life and times of John Laroche, a plant smuggler and orchid thief, and the eccentric world of Florida's obsessed collectors of rare plants

Petty : the biography
/ Warren Zanes BIO PETTY,T 2015
An intimate account of the life of the iconic rock star traces his rural Southern upbringing, the stories behind his most famous songs, and his collaborations with such fellow artists as George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash.

The pirate coast : Thomas Jefferson, the first marines, and the secret mission of 1805
/ Richard Zacks.   973.47 ZAC 2005 
Describes the 1805 secret mission, reluctantly sanctioned by Thomas Jefferson and led by William Eaton, to stop the Barbary pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships.

/ Laura Hillenbrand 798.4 HIL 2001
The author retraces the journey of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

The witches : Salem 1692
/ Stacey Schiff 345.7445028 SCH 2015
Analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.

You’re never weird on the internet (almost) : a memoir
/ by Felicia Day BIO DAY,F 2015
The entertainment artist best known for her web videos shares stories of her homeschooled childhood, her rags-to-riches professional successes, and her thoughts on such topics as creativity, video games, and feminism.