70 Best History & Social-Science Books

Recommended by the staff at Powell’s Bookstore

1. At the Waterline by Brian K Friesen

2. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

3. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

4. Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks Dalton

5. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

6. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trumps Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

7. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. by Laura Jane Grace

8. Trans Liberation Beyond Pink Or Blue by Leslie Feinberg

9. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock

10. Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner

11. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

12. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis

13. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

14. American Eclipse A Nations Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon & Win the Glory of the World by David Baron

15. Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman

16. Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir by Jenny Forrester

17. Other Slavery The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez, Andraes Resaendez

18. Cubs Way The Zen of Building the BestTeam in Baseball & Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci

19. You Will Not Have My Hate by Leiris, Antoine

20. Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge

21. Marrow Island by Alexis M Smith

22. Dog Gone: A Lost Pets Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home by Pauls Toutonghi

23. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

24. Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash

25. The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen

26. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Buck, Rinker

27. Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde

28. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

29. Words & Rules The Ingredients of Language by Steven Pinker

30. Mighty Currawongs by Brian Doyle

31. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan

32. Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard

33. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

34. The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle

35. Tales From The Secret Annex by Frank, Anne

36. Chicago by Brian Doyle

37. Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St Helens by Steve Olson

38. Secondhand Time The Last Of The Soviets An Oral History by Svetlana Alexievich

39. Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

40. Why I Am Not a Feminist A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin

41. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

42. Tell Me How It Ends An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli

43. Slut Unslut A School Diary by Emily Lindin

44. President & the Assassin McKinley Terror & Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller

45. The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter

46. The Ghost Soldiers by James Tate

47. Scorpions The Battles & Triumphs of FDRs Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman

48. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

49. The Mother Of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

50. Bolter by Frances Osborne

51. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

52. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

53. How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood by Peter Moskowitz

54. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

55. Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside

56. Wishful Drinking by Fisher, Carrie

57. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

58. World Will Be Saved by Beauty An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day by Kate Hennessy

59. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

60. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

61. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

62. White Rage The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

63. To Be Young Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry

64. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

65. They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

66. Pushout The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W Morris

67. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

68. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

69. Kindred by Octavia Butler

70. From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Source: http://www.powells.com/staff-picks/history-and-social-science/