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Non-Fiction

Bringing Together the Best Non Fiction Books To Read

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  1. Grit

    "Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit... More about this book
  2. Black Sheep

    From the man who won the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 and married a human statue comes a book of weird and wonderful psychological science from the far-flung corners of human experience. Richard Stephens became the focus of international... More about this book
  3. You Can Heal Your Life

    New York Times Bestseller! As featured on "Oprah" and "Donahue!" Over 30 Million copies sold worldwide! Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: "If we are willing to do t... More about this book
  4. How Proust Can Change Your Life

    What a marvellous book this is ... de Botton dissects what (Proust) had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary.

    The result is an intoxicati... More about this book
  5. Childhood Disrupted

    A groundbreaking book showing the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer-Childhood Disrupted also explains how to cope with these emotional traumas and even he... More about this book
  6. Gut

    The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us.

    Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and -- let's ... More about this book
  7. The Biology of Desire

    The psychiatric establishment in the Western world has unanimously branded addiction a brain disease. And the idea that an addict has an incurable illness, as opposed to a contemptible moral weakness, has served an historically important role in chang... More about this book
  8. Breakthrough

    An inspiring teenage memoir from globally renowned young scientist Jack Andraka

    Have you ever had a problem you would give everything to solve - a problem so difficult you would spend years searching for a solution?

    When Jack Andra... More about this book
  9. The Soul of an Octopus

    In 2011 Sy Montgomery wrote a feature for Orion magazine entitled 'Deep Intellect' about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death. It went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with... More about this book
  10. The Radium Girls

    Ordinary women in 1920s America.

    All they wanted was the chance to shine.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    'The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous,... More about this book

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