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Other Worlds : the search for life in the Universe, by Michael D. Lemonick

Other Worlds : the search for life in the Universe, by Michael D. Lemonick | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The senior science writer for Time summarizes current scientific evidence for the presence of life beyond Earth.

Lemonick begins with three brief portraits of scientists engaged in various research projects: the detection of planets around other stars, the chemical analysis of a Martian meteorite, and SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) itself.

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Grabs attention from the starting line: It's 1600, the Roman Inquisition. A rat-infested dungeon cell holds a visionary cosmologist who has been sentenced to burn at the stake. Thought provoking, mid-paced. Appeals to students interested in science and science fiction.

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E=MC2, by David Bodanis

E=MC2, by David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Everyone knows that E=mc2 is really important, but they usually don’t know what it means, and that’s frustrating,” Oxford science lecturer Bodanis confides. This paradox—that practically everyone can recite the formula, but hardly anyone understands it—spurred the author to write an accessible guide for nonscientists.."

 

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Narrative, chronological history of E=mc2. Visits each of the contributors to development of the equation, including Emilie du Chatelet and Madame Curie.

 

 

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The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery, by Andrew Westoll

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery, by Andrew Westoll | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Former primatologist Westoll investigates the psychological and physical trauma endured by chimpanzees used in biomedical research labs....

 

At Fauna Sanctuary, a Quebec refuge, he cooks for them, plays with them, and learns their horror stories: in the name of science, Sue Ellen's teeth were knocked out with a hammer; Chance spent the first five years of her life in isolation ..."

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe) accomplishes an amazing feat in her latest book, which superbly blends the depressing facts associated with rampant species extinctions
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The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett

The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague is a weighty call to action; however it is a fantastic read for anyone with the slightest interest in how infectious diseases influence our lives. "

 

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Garrett begins the story with exotic diseases including Ebola.

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Electric Universe - David Bodanis

Electric Universe - David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

'From the author of the bestselling E=MC2, a brilliantly descriptive analysis of one of the most powerful forces that controls the universe—ELECTRICITY."

London Review Bookshop

"A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthrough."

 

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Do You Believe in Magic: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine, by Paul Offit

Do You Believe in Magic: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine, by Paul Offit | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Here’s an odd thing. There is a group of people who advocate the silly idea that you can cure all ills by stuffing yourself with expensive pills, made by large and unscrupulous Pharma companies..."

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Combat the "we have chosen not to know" attitude. Very readable, layman's terms, lots of anecdotes of snake-oil salesmen, big-Pharma profiteering, and media pushing.

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Added to our CNf collection 'Do You Believe in Magic' by @DrPaulOffit to combat "we have chosen not to know" pg 89

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The Empathy Exams: Essays, by Leslie Jamison

The Empathy Exams: Essays,  by Leslie Jamison | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Excerpt: "My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies."

Novelist Jamison’s first collection of essays, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, is a heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, a

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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
"  Like many film trailers, the book pulls a sort of bait and switch — a quite forgivable one in this case — that leads us to believe we’re going to have one sort of experience but ends up delivering a very different one, even better. Here, the conceit is to imagine what would happen to planet Earth — if the human race were suddenly to disappear.

But the book goes on to greater things, more varied delights, than mere science fiction scenarios. In fact, it takes the reader to unspoiled places most of us had no idea still exist, as well as pockets of doomsday landscapes where it is as if the world as we know it has already ended — both of which coexist in the present and offer snapshots of life as it might have been long before we got here, and how it will return (or continue to change) once we are gone... "
David Loftus. California Literary Review. Nov 16, 2007
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Part CliFi, part-travelogue. Narrative style invites the reader along on the journey. Engaging - takes the reader to unimaginable places that exist in reality. Love it.
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The Emperor of All Maladies : a Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies : a Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

 "Mukherjee takes us from the earliest records of cancer in 2,500BC, through medieval theories of black bile and bloodletting, on to the surgical butchery of 19th-century mastectomies, performed with no anaesthetic or penicillin but reckless confidence, before reaching the rollercoaster of 20th-century medical politics, which swung between indifference, euphoria and despair,..."

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Engrossing from the first page. Accessible language. Appeals to students interested in medical career, as well as anyone interested in learning more about cancer.

 

Siddhartha Mukherjee: 'A positive attitude does not cure cancer, any more than a negative one causes it.'

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Gomorrah, by Roberto Saviano

Gomorrah, by Roberto Saviano | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Saviano has created a perfectly realized, morally compelling journey through the brutal world of contemporary Italian mob life in this ceaselessly violent tale of the Camorra, a network of thugs, "

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The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and… - Harvard Book Store

The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and… - Harvard Book Store | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
A riveting, real-life equivalent of The Kite Runner—an astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.
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Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire, by Jerry D. Mathes

Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire, by Jerry D. Mathes | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Thumbs up and still breathing
High Country News
Jerry D. Mathes' second nonfiction book, Ahead of the Flaming Front, portrays the day-to-day life of a wildland firefighter.
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Survival.  Mathes writes about sliding down ropes into remote fires, pitching in on hand crews to build fire lines, working as a sawyer, and traveling to fill in on other crews.

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The 30 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

The 30 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
It’s been said that reading literary fiction produces more empathetic people, but the depth of this year’s notable nonfiction titles prove that the same is true for all readers.
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RATS: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, by Robert Sullivan

RATS: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, by Robert Sullivan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

In this excellent narrative, Sullivan uses the brown rat as the vehicle for a labyrinthine history of the Big Apple. After pointing out a host of facts about rats that are sure to make you start itching ... This book is a must pickup for every city dweller, even if you'll feel like you need to wash your hands when you put it down"

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, by David Quammen

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, by David Quammen | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Ebola and bubonic plague are zoonoses.

A zoonosis is an animal infection that, through a simple twist of fate, becomes transmissible to humans. Maybe that twist is a needle prick, or contact with an exotic animal or hiking downwind of the wrong farm."

 

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Written before the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Quammen predicted with accuracy.

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Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni

Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

The book will examine what exactly global warming and its effects are while asking whether we have the ability to stave off the dire predictions that some make.

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ELON MUSK, by Ashlee Vance

ELON MUSK, by Ashlee Vance | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur wants to solve humanity’s problems with his electric cars, space travel and solar panels. Where did he come from and what makes him tick?
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Fascinating! Especially interesting to our Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Comm Tech students. Steep learning trajectory.
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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In this gloriously learned page-turner, both biography and intellectual history, Harvard Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt (Will in the World) turns his attention to the front end of the Renaissance as...
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Idea of atoms emerged 2500 years ago!? How does that happen? Outstanding read.

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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out | Creative Nonfiction

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out | Creative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them through long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession.
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23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more — turning great discoveries into great adventures.
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LRB · Thomas Chatterton Williams · Loaded Dice: Ta-Nehisi Coates

LRB · Thomas Chatterton Williams · Loaded Dice: Ta-Nehisi Coates | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Soon after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a book called The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was published, describing one New Jersey man’s dual existence as a top student at Yale and an incorrigible drug dealer.[1] Peace was an...

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Ta-Nahisi Coates' virulence, broad strokes in his memoir, Between the World and Me, are called into question by Thomas Chatterton Williams.

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High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering Myself, by Carl Hart

High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering Myself, by Carl Hart | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Carl Hart argues persuasively that drug abuse is a symptom of a sick society rather than the cause, says Rachel Seifert "By telling his own life story, Hart gives us a fascinating insight into the cultural mores of his community, growing up on the streets, and the racism he has faced throughout his life. Now a distinguished scientist, "
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Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"History of the “giant, stinking cesspool” of Boston Harbor...  focuses on construction of its business end: the world’s longest dead-end tunnel, which travels 9.5 miles though bedrock, ending in 55 vertical pipes that diffuse effluent far out to sea.

 

In hindsight, disaster (death) was inevitable, Swidey describes the years of bitterness and litigation that followed "

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The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester

The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
There are no simple conclusions about Lewis Carroll's photos of Alice
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2015 is 150th Anniversary of 'Alice'! High level reading. For students who want to know the story behind Alice.    http://lewiscarrollresources.net/2015/

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