Flyleaf's Favorite Nonfiction 2023

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder By David Grann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

Grann is a master at narrative nonfiction, and his talk of shipwrecks, the British Navy, castaway politics, and (the lack of) medical knowledge in the 1740s is surprisingly fascinating. --Jamie F.

Say Anarcha: A Young Woman, a Devious Surgeon, and the Harrowing Birth of Modern Women's Health By J. C. Hallman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250868466
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 6th, 2023

Vividly painting the antebellum South's cultural landscape, Hallman brings dark, buried histories of slavery, gynecological research, and doctoral ethics into the light. A work of speculative nonfiction that's as compelling as Butler's Kindred and as well-researched as Larson's, Chernow's, and Kearns Goodwin's volumes. A creative powerhouse, brilliantly stitching science, healing, violence, and humanity together for a telling read. --RC

Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock By Jenny Odell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593242704
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Published: Random House - March 7th, 2023

"This book is my panoramic assault on nihilism. I wrote it it in an effort to be helpful, but toward the end, I felt I was writing it to save my life...the largest gesture of hope I could muster."

In a world of mounting time pressureone in which we dutifully recite "rest is productive" so that we don't feel guilty for taking a breakit's become clear that a paradigm reset is in order. Saving Time is an evisceration and a balm: a thorough, necessary breakdown of our current state of affairs, and a primer for how to begin thinking differently if we hope to save ourselves from the ticking capitalist clock. --Talia

Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution By Cat Bohannon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385350549
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Published: Knopf - October 3rd, 2023

A powerful book that celebrates our ancestral mothers and their unique contributions to humanity. Fascinating, fun and full of facts that will leave you amazed in a multitude of ways. --Maggie

A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them By Timothy Egan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735225268
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Published: Viking - April 4th, 2023

Egan, a master storyteller, tells the wicked history of the Klan in the US; its political and economic ties, and how one of its biggest personalities was halted by a single woman. --Jamie F.

This Isn't Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew By Daniel Wallace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643752105
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 11th, 2023

This Isn't Going to End Well is an intensely personal portrait of grief. Wallace reflects on his lifelong friendship with his late brother-in-law with intimate precision. His larger-than-life memories of William are interjected with the inevitability that things aren't going to end well. It is vulnerable and engrossing all in one. --Kat

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture By Virginia Sole-Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250831217
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 25th, 2023

An important reframe about weight & parenting. Virginia Sole-Smith starts with basics, undoing the popular narratives around fatness and clarifying where true harm arises: not from being fat, but from fatphobia, diet culture, and all that comes with chasing weight loss. A great starting point for parents, but also helpful for anyone in a body (that's you!) --Alex

Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

As someone who also spends many of her days reckoning with loving the art and not the artist, Monsters gave me great perspective. Dederer proposes that the most effective way to approach the question of "what should we do with the art of monstrous men" isn't to ask what should WE do but rather what will I do. I spent a long time with this book because at times I was jumping for joy in agreement and at others I was in complete disagreement, but that is the brilliance of Dederer's approach. Criticism and opinion can and must coexist in a world of monsters. --Kat

Waste and the City: The Crisis of Sanitation and the Right to Citylife By Colin McFarlane Cover Image
ISBN: 9781839760549
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Published: Verso - August 15th, 2023

There is an international sanitation crisisranging from ailing wastewater treatment to open-air sewagewith a differential impact that follows systems of disadvantage. Waste and the City is an essential book for anyone interested in infrastructure, urban development, and social inequality. --Jordan

Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people By Tracy Kidder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801432
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Published: Random House - January 17th, 2023

Now, more than ever, it feels as if society is failing us. And those experiencing houselessness are disproportionately affected by these failures. We follow Dr. Jim O'Connell as he practices patient-first medicine, driving around town in his van, looking for rough sleepers to meet them where they're at. Adopting even the smallest amount of his empathy would make us better humans. Do yourself a favor and grab this book. --Jamie K.