Expand Your Knowledge

Nonfiction titles to enhance your world view.

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
by Ari Shavit

A fascinating history of Israel presented through personal stories of people involved in the development of the country, from fruit growers to refugees, and scientists to politicians. This presentation is much more interesting than a litany of names and dates and events. — Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg

What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South’s Tornado Alley
by Kim Cross

Cross weaves together the gripping stories of several people during the April 2011 superstorm outbreak, where 358 tornadoes ripped through 21 states in three days, killing 348 people. Cross’s focus is Alabama – the state that felt the full force of Mother Nature during those days. —Recommended by Marni Blomquist

The Wal-Mart Effect
by Charles Fishman

A very interesting look at the impact Wal-Mart has had on this country and the rest of the world. Even if you never go to Wal-Mart, your shopping experience is influenced by it. —Recommended by Laura Carlson

Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie