“The Civil War: A Narrative” by Shelby Foote is the multiple volume history topping reader’s lists in Highlands County this year. Foote may have written his masterpiece long ago, but remains considered one of the top experts on the war. These volumes, while lengthy, are still judged very readable. It appears Highlands County agrees as Foote’s work takes the top spot on our list of most read nonfiction work this year by a large margin.
Judith Miller’s “Antiques Handbook and Price Guide” comes in second. “With the latest prices, market trends, and tips on where and how to buy and sell everything from furniture, glass, textiles, and jewelry, to pottery, porcelain, silver, and tribal art, this book is the essential handbook for buyers, sellers, and collectors.”
“Rapid Reading in 5 Days” by Joan Minninger is “a unique approach to reading and comprehension that is intellectual rather than mechanical. Master a lifetime skill to increase your reading speed, comprehension, and enjoyment in five days.” Please don’t hesitate to ask your friendly library staff about this and related resources.
“Alexander Hamilton” rounds out the top 5 most read nonfiction books in Highlands County this year. “Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America.”
Highlands County students are proudly showing us their ambitions this year with the 2016 “College Handbook.” “This is the ‘only’ guide available that contains objective information on every accredited college in the United States–2,200 four-year colleges and universities, and 1,700 two-year community colleges and technical schools. With its clearly laid-out entries and more than 40 indexes, the ‘College Handbook 2016’ by The College Board is also the fastest, easiest way for students to narrow a college search and compare the schools that they’re interested in.” For more information on this and related resources, please ask your librarian.
“Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly, “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas” by Edward Klein, “Calculus: A Modeling Approach” by Stanley Schmidt, “GED Test: Strategies, Practice, and Review” by Carn Van Slyke and “The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook” round our top ten most read nonfiction books this year. Whether you are a history buff, antiques fanatic, dedicated student, or just like to bake geeky things, we hope you will let your local library help you complete your goals.