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Pandemic Favorites - Non-Fiction Staff Picks

If your favorites tend to be from the non-fiction genres, you might enjoy one of the staff picks below.

Rhonda (Library Assistant) recommends:

Wheat Belly (2011) by William Davis, M.D. 

“In this #1 New York Times bestseller, a renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems."

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, more than half experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls "wheat bellies." According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: it's due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.” ~from Publisher Marketing

Deb (Library Director) recommends:

BART: the dramatic history of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (2016) by Michael C. Healy 

After reading this book, I will never take BART for granted again. The effort over decades to bring BART to fruition and the ongoing expansion today are truly a feat of vision and perseverance that has impacted public transit both nationally and internationally.

Craig (Librarian, Collections Manager):

One 'pandemic favorite' that I enjoyed reading is entitled Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret (2017) by Craig Brown (print & e-book formats available). Before reading the book, I had heard that she could be quite an enigmatic character, especially given her high-handed manner, how rude and demanding she was, and her colorful life in high society.  At the same time, you have to feel sorry for her life of dashed hopes. Find out how she 'iced out' Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Reading about her misbehavior and, at the same time, her unhappiness was hard-to-put-down.

“We read to know we're not alone.”

― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

Posted on Jun. 18, 2020 by Diane Lai