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Nonfiction Titles to Educate, Elucidate, and Entertain: Summer Reading Recommendations from the Social Science Department

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library,
Three book collage of nonfiction titles

The library’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is in full swing and the staff of the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department are challenging our patrons to read at least 20 minutes a day. We recognize many folks prefer reading about real people and events, and our collection delivers on amazing nonfiction titles. As the name suggests, our department covers a huge range of topics: from tarot and astrology to ethnic studies and feminism; from policing, law and punishment, politics and foreign affairs, to child development, psychology, and self-help. Our array of topics will satisfy all nonfiction lovers and information seekers!

Every week we are posting book recommendations, so make sure to head over to our Facebook page to check them out. Featured titles include our Critics Picks, which have been reviewed recently by a major United States newspaper. In June we are also featuring Pride Picks from our LGBTQIA collection. You can also contact us directly through our email form if you’d like help selecting a book.

Non-Fiction Titles to Get in the Game

Queering the Tarot
Snow, Cassandra

Get Out of Your Own Way
Hollis, Dave

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World
Murthy, Vivek Hallegere

Lurking: How a Person Became a User
McNeil, Joanne

We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation
Riemer, Matthew

When Brooklyn Was Queer
Ryan, Hugh

Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement
Johnson, David K

The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Joseph, Peniel E.

Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
Rid, Thomas

The Last Negroes at Harvard
Garrett, Kent