Favorite non-fiction books read in 2019-2020

  • Word by Word: the secret life of dictionaries
    • Who knew dictionaries could be so fascinating? I had a lot of assumptions about how dictionaries are currently created, and even when I was correct (which was not always), I often oversimplified.
  • Blindspot: hidden biases of good people
    • Great exploration of the complexity of our brains and what we can do to manage our blindspots.
  • Amaro: the spirited world of bittersweet, herbal liqueurs with cocktails, recipes, and formulas
    • Interesting to learn about Amaros and then I ended up buying a copy as a reference when in restaurants reading about their cocktails or when purchasing an amaro.
  • Rats: observations on the history and habitat of the city’s most unwanted inhabitants
    • A memoir and exploration of rats in NYC. I loved it!
  • Never Home Alone:¬†From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live
    • Absolutely fascinating read about all of the creatures who live in our homes with us and how little we know about them. I had thought I should not be a naturalist because everything was known on the more macro level in my local environs, and boy, was I wrong! Who wants to send me to graduate school to study creatures in our houses?!?

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