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#1 HIDDEN FIGURES

Margot Lee Shetterly

The story of the black women mathematicians at then-segregated NASA and its precursor. The basis of the movie.

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#2 WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Paul Kalanithi

A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

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#3 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#4 HOMO DEUS

Yuval Noah Harari

A provocative look into the future by the author of “Sapiens.”

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#5 THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD

Douglas Preston

A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.

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#6 THE UNDOING PROJECT

Michael Lewis

How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process.

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#7 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices.

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#8 LAB GIRL

Hope Jahren

A geobiologist shares her fascination with plants and describes how she found her vocation.

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#9 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Rebecca Skloot

A woman's cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951. Originally published in 2010.

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#10 THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES

Peter Wohlleben

A forester presents scientific research on the way trees interact with one another. A best seller in Germany.

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