Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Holding Big Brother Accountable–one organization’s reading list

government_watchdogRecently, I came across the Project on Government Oversight (or POGO, as it is affectionately known). POGO was founded in 1981, where it first reported on extravagant military spending. POGO’s mission statement reads: “a non-partisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.” What’s more, POGO produces its own reading lists of books it deems important in the field of exposing government corruption. Check out their Summer 2014 Books That Matter reading list (hey, even if summer is over, there’s never a bad season for reading):

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(All books are non-fiction.)

Famous Women


(All Titles are Non-Fiction.)


Sex on the Reef Booklist

_DSC7981Below are the titles mentioned by our May 2014 First Friday speaker, Erika Woolsey, in her presentation “Sex on the Reef” about the sex life of coral in the Great Barrier Reef.

Nelson Mandela: a Reading List

Rolihlahla “Nelson” Mandela, former president of South Africa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, philanthropist, and admired political and civil rights activist, died last week on December 5th at the age of 95. In his memory, we’ve created a list of books for those interested in learning more about his life and South Africa’s tumultuous history.

Books on Nelson Mandela, the History of South Africa, and Apartheid

 Mandela in his own words:

 Biographies of Nelson Mandela:

South African History:

South African Apartheid:




Science Lit

sciencelitShe Blinded Me With Science: Entertaining Science Literature


Food Writing

foodlitBon Appetit: Food Writing

Excellent Young Adult Non-Fiction

youngadultnonficExcellent Young Adult Non-Fiction