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#1 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#2 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Yuval Noah Harari

Technological, political and social issues in the modern era, and the choices individuals might consider in facing them. 11 hours, 41 minutes. Read by Derek Perkins.

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#3 ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY

Neil deGrasse Tyson

A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.

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#4 ACCESSORY TO WAR

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

Observations of the two-way relationship between science and military power. 18 hours, 38 minutes unabridged. Read by Courtney B. Vance and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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#5 QUIET

Susan Cain

Introverts — one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.

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#6 HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

Michael Pollan

A personal account of how psychedelics might help the mentally ill and people dealing with everyday challenges. 13 hours, 34 minutes unabridged. Read by the author.

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#7 DOPESICK

Beth Macy

An in-depth look at how opioid addiction affects Americans across geographic and class lines.

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#8 BEING MORTAL

Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

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#9 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

When we can and cannot trust our intuitions in making business and personal decisions.

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#10 HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE

Sy Montgomery

The naturalist’s memoir covering lessons of empathy, gratitude and loss she learned while studying 13 animals.

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