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Simply Held: Nonfiction Picks

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Nonfiction Picks

Looking for titles picked by our librarians? Ten different nonfiction titles are chosen four times a year by our librarians and automatically placed on hold for you. Those selections come from the following categories: biography, body mind spirit, cookbook, explore your world, poetry, self-help, social justice, strength through struggle, theologies, and true crime.

These titles are only available in regular print.


January 2024 Pick

Flirting with Danger: the Mysterious Life of Marguerite Harrison, Socialite Spy by Janet Wallach


January 2024 Pick

Midwestern Food: A Chef's Guide to the Surprising History of a Great American Cuisine, with more than 100 tasty recipes by Paul Fehribach


January 2024 Pick

The Tiny Journalist: Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

Strength Through Struggle

January 2024 Pick

Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century by Jasmine Brown


January 2024 Pick

In Thought, Word, and Seed: Reckonings from a Midwest Farm by Tiffany Eberle Kriner with foreword by Thomas Gardner

Body, Mind, Spirit

January 2024 Pick

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Explore Your World

January 2024 Pick

Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature's Toxins - from Spices to Vices by Noah Whiteman


January 2024 Pick

The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You  by Margareta Magnusson

This title is also available in large print, Libby eBook, and Libby eAudiobook.

Social Justice

January 2024 Pick

Humanizing Immigration: How to Transform Our Racist and Unjust System and Bill Ong Hing

True Crime

January 2024 Pick

Highway of Tears: a True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid

This title is also available in large print.