Overdrive – A Few Good (Non-Fiction) Reads.

Post Published on September 20, 2011.
Last Updated on April 24, 2016 by davemackey.

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If you are a member of a local library it is likely that library provides you with remote access to a number of electronic resources – one of which may be Overdrive. Overdrive is a digital collection of audio books and ebooks you can download to your computer and listen to/read, as long as you have a library card with a participating library. The Bucks County Free Libraries, where I am a cardholder, offers this service. Its easy and free.

I figured I’d compile a quick list of some of the volumes I think look fairly fascinating…perhaps this will encourage others to take advantage of this nifty resource. =)

  • Palfrey, John. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives.
  • Krakuer, John. Into the Wild. – This has since been made into a popular movie of the same name.
  • Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything.
  • Rigby, Rhymer. 28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World.
  • Leman, Kevin. How to Have a New Teenager by Friday. – On parenting teenagers.
  • Kessler, Ronald. The Secrets of the FBI.
  • Mortenson, Greg. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time.
  • Eide, Brock L. The Dyslexic Advantage.
  • Marx, Karl. The Communist Manifesto.
  • Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. – The 1893 World’s Fair and a serial killer.
  • Larson, Erick. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.
  • Eagleman, Dave. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.
  • Huckabee, Mike. A Simple Government.
  • Allen, Paul. Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft.
  • Van Dyke, Dick. My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir.
  • Schickel, Richard. Clint Eastwood: A Biography.
  • Marable, Manning. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
  • Hallowell, Edward M. Worry: Hope and Help for a Common Condition.
  • Greene, Brian. The Hidden Reality.
  • Sounes, Howard. Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney.
  • Morris, Edmund. Colonel Roosevelt.
  • Irwin, William. House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies.
  • McGilligan, Patrick. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light.
  • Wiesel, Elie. All Rivers Run to the Sea: A Memoir.
  • Wiesel, Elie. And the Sea is Never Full.
  • Bryson, Bill. At Home: An Informal History of Private Life.
  • Washburn, Kim. Breaking Through By Grace: The Bono Story.
  • Glasser, William. Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom.
  • Bush, George W. Decision Points.
  • Hersh, Burton. Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography.
  • Zimmer, Carl. Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea.
  • Hawking, Stephen. The Grand Design.
  • Korda, Michael. Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Stiles, T.J. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War.
  • Sorensen, Ted. Kennedy: The Classic Biography.
  • Wang, Dora Calott. The Kitchen Sink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World.
  • Smiley, Jane. The Man Who Invented the Computer.
  • Hawking, Stephen. The Nature of Space and Time.
  • Farrell, Chris. The New Frugality.
  • Bojowald, Martin. Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe.
  • O’Brien, Cormac. Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents.
  • Bryson, Bill. Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society.
  • Cappello, Mary. Swallow.
  • Wolf, Fred A. Taking the Quantum Leap.
  • Krakauer, John. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.
  • Cohan, William. The House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street.
  • Burrough, Bryan. Public Enemies.
  • Maxwell, John C. How Successful People Think.
  • Cullen, Dave. Columbine.
  • White Jr., Ronald C. A. Lincoln: A Biography.
  • Holmes, Richard. The Age of Wonder.
  • Kennedy, Edward M. True Compass: A Memoir.
  • Pollan, Michael. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.
  • Brooks, Michael. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense.
  • Small, Gary. The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head.
  • Weil, Andrew. You Can’t Afford to Get Sick.
  • Monahan, John. They Called Me Mad.
  • Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life.

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