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111 Books to Read Before Your Brain Atrophies

About 9 years ago, members of Librarything's Green Dragon Pub decided to create a list of nonfiction books to read before your brain turns to mush. This is that list.
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The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
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Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Lynne Truss)
Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Lynne Truss)
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All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small
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A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
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Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond/USA)
Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond/USA)
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The Kon-Tiki Expedition (Thor Heyerdahl)
The Kon-Tiki Expedition (Thor Heyerdahl)
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A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
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The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White
The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White
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Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt)
Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt)
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Cosmos (Carl Sagan)
Cosmos (Carl Sagan)
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My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals
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Holy Bible
Holy Bible
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Ex Libris (Anne Fadiman)
Ex Libris (Anne Fadiman)
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The Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer)
The Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer)
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Richard Feynman)
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Richard Feynman)
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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The Professor and the Madman
The Professor and the Madman
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Collapse (Jared Diamond)
Collapse (Jared Diamond)
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Omnivores Dilemma (Micheal Pollan)
Omnivores Dilemma (Micheal Pollan)
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Stiff
Stiff
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The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin/UK)
The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin/UK)
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All the President's Men (Carl Bernstein)
All the President's Men (Carl Bernstein)
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The Double Helix (James Watson)
The Double Helix (James Watson)
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The Prince (Niccolò Machiavelli)
The Prince (Niccolò Machiavelli)
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The Way Things Work (David Macauley)
The Way Things Work (David Macauley)
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A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer)
A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer)
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser)
Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser)
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Gorillas in the Mist (Diane Fossey)
Gorillas in the Mist (Diane Fossey)
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In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan)
In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan)
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded (Simon Winchester)
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded (Simon Winchester)
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Longitude (Dava Sobel)
Longitude (Dava Sobel)
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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)
Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)
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The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)
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The Demon Haunted World (A Book That'S Been on Your TBR List for Way Too Lo)
The Demon Haunted World (A Book That'S Been on Your TBR List for Way Too Lo)
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The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
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