Wake librarian recommends the latest in non-fiction


P.J. Gardiner is a collection development librarian for Wake County Public Libraries. She is the librarian who reviews and selects adult non-fiction titles for the library.

Recommended read: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach. In “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” Mary Roach made reading about cadavers entertaining. Here, she delves into warfare and how science can improve the odds for our service men and women. From the more obvious heat exhaustion and germs to the lesser known deck slap and bird strikes, Roach covers the many concerns of the military and the measures scientists take to protect our protectors. I love the way Roach inserts herself into situations little considered by the average person and takes the reader with her.

Currently reading:Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives” by Gary Younge, coming out in October 2016.

What is your favorite reading memory? When my husband and I were first married, he read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien aloud to me because it was a childhood favorite of his and I’d not yet read it.

What is your favorite book that nobody's heard of?We Were Brothers” by Barry Moser

What favorite book from childhood have you kept? “Katy No-Pocket” by Emmy Payne (illustrated by H. A. Rey, best known for “Curious George” books).

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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Mary Roach

Norton, 288 pages