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Top 10 Most Checked Out Nonfiction at SPL in 2016

    Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow

    Traces the life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who rose to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.
    Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future.
    Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

    Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Duckworth

    Argues that focused persistence is more important than talent in enabling high achievement, drawing on the author's pioneering research and experiences as the daughter of a hard-to-please parent to counsel caregivers, educators, athletes, students and businesspeople on how to promote optimal performance through perseverance.
    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance

    Shares the poignant story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.
    Killing the Rising Sun: How American Vanquished World War II Japan

    Killing the Rising Sun: How American Vanquished World War II Japan - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

    A latest entry in the best-selling series dramatically portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General Douglas MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and newly appointed President Truman's impossible choice.
    Love Warrior

    Love Warrior - Glennon Doyle Melton

    Traces the author's journey of self-discovery after the dissolution of her marriage, revealing how she found healing by rejecting gender standards and refusing to settle for a "good-enough" life.
    Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

    Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

    A follow-up to the best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up shares the highly sought Japanese cleaning consultant's detailed methods for organizing closets, folding clothes and minimizing clutter.
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo

    This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
    The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

    The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss - Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

    A poignant correspondence between the CNN journalist and his iconic designer mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter's brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her adult son.
    When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

    On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naèive medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
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