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The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race by Walter Isaacson
Caste : the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Seven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city by Tanya Talaga
Peace and good order : the case for indigenous justice in Canada by Harold R. Johnson
Blanket toss under midnight sun : portraits of everyday life in eight indigenous communities by Paul Seesequasis
Policing Black lives : state violence in Canada from slavery to the present by Robyn Maynard
The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson
The skin we're in : a year of black resistance and power Skin we are in by Desmond Cole
Biased : uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Brown : what being brown in the world today means (to everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee
I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi
White fragility : why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo

Science and nature

Lab girl by Hope Jahren
Darwin comes to town : how the urban jungle drives evolution by Menno Schilthuizen
Will my cat eat my eyeballs? : big questions from tiny mortals about death by Caitlin Doughty
Humans : a brief history of how we f*ked it all up by Tom Phillips
Because internet : understanding the new rules of language by Gretchen McCulloch
Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything by Lydia Kang
Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach
A taste for the beautiful : the evolution of attraction by Michael Ryan
Something deeply hidden : quantum worlds and the emergence of spacetime by Sean Carroll
Bird Way : A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think. by Jennifer Ackerman
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

Explore someplace new

Whatever you do, don't run : true tales of a Botswana safari guide by Peter Allison
The Escapist How One Man Cheated Death on the World's Highest Mountains by Gabriel Filippi
Atlas Obscura : an explorer's guide to the world's hidden wonders by Joshua Foer
Lingo : around Europe in sixty languages by Gaston Dorren
Notes from my travels : visits with refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador by Angelina Jolie
Sky burial : an epic love story of Tibet by Xinran
On the trail of Genghis Khan : an epic journey through the land of the nomads by Tim Cope

Many sides, many stories

Manitowapow : Aboriginal writings from the land of water by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Broad band : the untold story of the women who made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
The cure for hate : a former white supremacist's journey from violent extremism to radical compassion by Tony McAleer
Invisible women : data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Perez
The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present by David Treuer
Lies my teacher told me : everything your American history textbook got wrong by James W. Loewen
A woman of no importance : the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II by Sonia Purnell
Mobituaries : great lives worth reliving by Mo Rocca
The lady from the Black Lagoon : Hollywood monsters and the lost legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara

Notable author

Rebecca Solnit 

Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian, activist and author of more than twenty books. 

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