In this fascinating book, Erik Larson weaves together the story of the 1893 Great World's Fair and America's first documented serial killer, H.H. Holmes.

Devil in the White City

by Erick Larson


 The story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting African American woman and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, gene mapping, and more.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

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J.R. describes what life was like growing up in a bar without a father.  He talks about finding father figures from the bar patrons and the male voice he hears on the radio.

The Tender Bar

by J.R. Moehringer

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This book follows one woman as she struggles through her daughter's sudden unknown illness and induced coma, followed by the sudden death of her husband months later.

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

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Truman Capote chronicles the events that occurred on November 15th, 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas, where the Clutter family was murdered.  Although there was very little evidence, Capote describes what led to a suspect and the eventual trial

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

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Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, "Columbine" is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history.


by Dave Cullen

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Sarah Vowell uses humor and honesty to delve into the assassinations of important political figures.  She takes you on a road trip, visiting locations of these assassinations while discussing their political motivation.

Assassination Vacation

by Sarah Vowell

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When the Nazis raided his village, Jewish boy Alex escaped. He was discovered by an SS unit who, not knowing he was background, made him their mascot. Fearful of discovery, Alex kept his secret, until, , he grew determined to uncover the story of his past. 

The Mascot

by Alex Kurzem 


Bill Bryson is a popular author whose books are usually about travel, humor, and science.  His writings are usually witty, with a dose of humor.

Books by Bill Bryson



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