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Nonfiction doesn't just mean textbooks. Check out some of these great reads that just happen to be about real life, real science, real history, and more. (All annotations (c) Castilleja School Library.)
(Adult book with appeal for teens) You think you're the only one with no original thought? The only one who comes up with a great idea and then runs out of steam? Think again! Read these interviews with advice and anecdotes from 50 artists who have gotten through creative block.

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa -- One of my Top 10 Favorite books for artists and creatives!

(Adult nonfiction with appeal for teens). Beginning with the arrival of rain on earth, Barnett explores humanity's relationship with the weather phenomenon, the rituals we perform to control it, the history of the raincoat, changes of current rainfall patterns, and more.

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett Read Harder Challenge-A microhistory PopSugar Challenge-A nonfiction book

(Gr 7+) A fascinating look at the man who exposed the United States' clandestine involvement in planning the Vietnam War.

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin / 9781596439528 / Nonfiction, history, Vietnam War

A fascinating look at the man who exposed the United States' clandestine involvement in planning the Vietnam War.

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin / 9781596439528 / Nonfiction, history, Vietnam War

(Gr 8+) Can’t get enough of CSI, Bones, or Sherlock? This book is for you! Tracing the development of forensic investigation from ancient China to Jack the Ripper to DNA tests, this occasionally gruesome but always fascinating tome will delight your inner detective.

A history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between

(Adult) Hair is a touchy, tangled topic for many of us. This collection of 27 personal essays explores the relationships of women and their hair.

Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession edited by Elizabeth Benedict

(Grades 8 and up) Discover 50 disparate figures from history in this appealing, fun-to-flip-through book. From Cleopatra to Harry Houdini to Nellie Bly, this collection will introduce you to people you've never heard of and give you a fresh perspective on those you haven't, while giving you tidbits on their love lives, families, and more.

Read Cleopatra: Excerpt from the story Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus by iamkellymurphy with 556 reads.

(Grades 10 and up) Tired of poetry from decades or centuries ago? This collection is fresh and new and may just give you a hint as to what high school students in the future may be reading - or just make you feel like a part of a hip new generation of creative people. Click to view the Tumblr project that started the book.

April 29 — Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation / Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick, editors

(Adult book with appeal for teens) You've heard a lot about climate change. But instead of science, this book presents personal perspectives and experiences with climate change and nature - in poetry and essay form.

Global warming essay with subheadings for apa Yale supplement essay questions middle school proposal essay templates kindle neurons three main parts of an essay.

(Adult with teen appeal) In 1912, at the height of WWI, Shakespeare expert Elizabeth Smith bent her brilliant mind to a new problem: code-breaking. What followed was a fascinating forty year career of catching spies, gangsters, smugglers, and more...

The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies / Jason Fagone.

(Gr 6+) From beloved author Donna Jo Napoli comes this brightly illustrated collection of Norse myth featuring stories of love, betrayal, intrigue, and dysfunctional godly families.

The Hardcover of the Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Revenge by Donna Jo Napoli, Christina Balit

(Adult book with appeal for teens) Peter Mendelsund is a successful graphic artist who works as a book cover designer. Now he explains his thought process and what people do with their brains when they read stories and decide how characters and fantasy settings look.

What We See When We Read

What We See When We Read, 2014 The New York Times Best Sellers Education Books winner, Peter Mendelsund

(Gr 7+) Personality tests are unquestionably fun to take, and may lead to some interesting insights about yourself, but are they based in science? This books covers the development and application of personality quizzes, and answers those questions and more!

(Gr Personality tests are unquestionably fun to take, and may lead to some interesting insights about yourself, but are they based in science? This books covers the development and application of personality quizzes, and answers those questions and more!

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