Adult Nonfiction Vacation Reads, Part 2

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All My Patients Have Tales : favorite stories from a vet's practice / Jeff Wells 636.089 WEL 2009
A veterinarian shares his life-changing relationships with domestic, farm, and exotic animals, in a personal account that traces his early years through his emergence as a compassionate care provider.

All My Patients Kick and Bite : more favorite stories from a vet's practice / Jeff Wells 636.089092 WEL 2011
The veterinarian author relates stories revealing that llamas do not enjoy having their toenails trimmed, Scottish Highland cattle prefer each other to their medical caregivers, and amorous burros need to be neutered expediently.

Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts / Joshua Hammer. 025.8209662 HAM 2016
Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of desctuction at the hands of Al Quaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.

The Big Sea : an autobiography / Langston Hughes BIO HUGHES,L
An autobiography by Langston Hughes which provides a glimpse into the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance and a black man’s experience growing up in America and traveling to Africa, Europe and elsewhere working on ships and surviving with kitchen and field jobs.

Blue Mind: the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water / Wallace J. Nichols 155.91 NIC 2014
Discusses the importance of humans' connection to water and how people are drawn to being in, on, or around oceans, rivers, and lakes and points to recent findings in neuroscience that indicate that proximity to water can improve mood, performance, health, and success.

Dead Wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania / Erik Larson 940.4514 LAR 2015
A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

Devil in the White City : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America / Erik Larson 364.1523 LAR 2003
An account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event--architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett.

Eat, Pray, Love : one woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia / Elizabeth Gilbert 910.4 GIL 2006
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, a journey that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature and learn the art of spiritual balance.

A fine romance : falling in love with the English countryside / Susan Branch 914.2 BRA 2013
The author presents a hand written, illustrated account of her two months exploring the English countryside.

The Free State of Jones : Mississippi's longest civil war / Victoria Bynum 976.255 BYN 2016
Traces the origins and legacy of the Jones County uprising—a 1963-64 conflict during which a band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in Jones County, Mississippi—from the American Revolution to the modern civil rights movement.

George Washington's secret six : the spy ring that saved the American Revolution / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.     973.41092 KIL 2013
Shares the true story of an anonymous group of spies who played important roles in winning the Revolutionary War, documenting how they risked their lives to obtain crucial intelligence for General Washington using sophisticated tactics and complex codes.

The information : a history, a theory, a flood / James Gleick.     020.9 GLE 2011
Analyzes how information has become a defining quality of the modern era, tracing the evolution of pivotal information technologies while profiling key contributors from Charles Babbage and Ada Byron to Samuel Morse and Claude Shannon.

Into Thin Air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster / Jon Krakauer 796.522 KRA 1997
The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.

Mimi and Toutou's big adventure : the bizarre battle of Lake Tanganyika /Giles Foden.   940.5423 FOD 2004
The real-life story of the events that inspired the classic film The African Queen chronicles the exploits and adventures of Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, the oldest lieutenant commander in the British Navy, who was given the task of trekking overland with two gunboats, Mimi and Toutou, to defeat the Germans on Lake Tanganyika during the First World War.

Physics of the impossible : a scientific exploration into the world of phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel / Michio Kaku.     530 KAK 2008
Looks at the scientific principles behind the technology of the future, examining the theoretical basis, as well as limitations, of the laws of physics to discuss how seemingly impossible devices could become commonplace in the future.

The Road to Little Dribbling : adventures of an American in Britain / Bill Bryson 914.1048612 BRY 2016
A sequel to "Notes from a Small Island" stands as the author's tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people, and its culture.

Sleep Revolution : transforming your life, one night at a time / Arianna Huffington 613.794 HUF 2016
Evaluates the role of sleep as a cultural and historical unifier, the impact of sleep deprivation on health, and the science community's recommendations for how to achieve more restorative sleep.

Totch : a life in the Everglades / Loren G. "Totch" Brown ; with a foreword by Peter Matthiessen.     975.939 BRO
In the mysterious wilderness of swamps, marshes, and rivers that conceals life in the Florida Everglades, Totch Brown hung up his career as alligator hunter and commercial fisherman to become a self-confessed pot smuggler.  Before the marijuana money rolled in, he survived excruciating poverty in one of the most primitive and beautiful spots on earth, Chokoloskee Island.

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand BIO ZAMPERINI,L 2010
Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

A Walk in the Woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail / Bill Bryson 917.4044 BRY 1998
Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts

Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail / Cheryl Strayed BIO STRAYED,C 2012
Traces the personal crisis the author endured after the death of her mother and a painful divorce, which prompted her ambition to undertake a dangerous 1,100-mile solo hike that both drove her to rock bottom and helped her to heal.