Get Book Smart

While Melvil Dewey devised a good method for categorizing books, some books just defy categorization. For example, where would you find a guide that shows "Tools for Food"?  Would you even think of looking in the "tools section"? Even if you love all forms of art, Would you even think to look for a book about the "Art of Protest"?

In this list, you will find all manner of quirky, fascinating, thoroughly-researched, comprehensive, marvelous and mind-blowing nonfiction books. Books you never knew you needed.

The 12-Hour Art Expert

by Noah Charney

All That She Carried

by Tiya Miles

Bad Days in History

by Michael Farquhar

The Beachcombers Companion

by Anna Marlis Burgard

Butter A Rich History

by Elaine Khosrova

Creativity the perfect crime

by Philippe Petit

Drinks: a User's Guide

by Adam McDowell

Engineering for Cats

by Mac Delaney

Entertainment Nation

by Kenneth Cohen

Gardening Hacks

by Jon VanZile

Have You Eaten Yet?

by Cheuk Kwan

How to Bake Pi

by Eugenia Cheng

How to Be an American

by Silvia Hidalgo

How to be an Artist

by Jerry Saltz

How to Know the Birds

by Ted Floyd

How to Tell a Story

by Meg Bowles

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton

In Intimate Detail

by Cora Harrington

The Incredible Journey of Plants

by Stefano Mancuso

Just My Type

by Simon Garfield

Keep the Memories Lose the Stuff

by Matt Paxton

The Last Resort

by Sarah Stodola

Letters to a Young Scientist

by Edward O Wilson

The Little Book of Life Hacks

by Yumi Sakugawa

The Little Book of Life Skills

by Erin Zammett Ruddy

Long Live the Queen

by Bryan Kozlowski

Lost Places

by Heribert Niehues

Mindful Thoughts at Home

by Kate Peers

Modern American Manners

by Frederic Mayo

Nectar of the Gods

by Liv Albert

A New Way of Seeing

by Kelly Grovier

Nonstop Metropolis

by Rebecca Solnit

Novel Destinations

by Shannon McKenna Schmidt

Patch Work, a life amongst clothes

by Claire Wilcox

Phoning Home

by Jacob M. Appel

Pleased to Meet Me

by Bill Sullivan

Show Your Work

by Austin Kleon

Smarter Living

by Karen Barrow

Snowflakes, Sunbursts and Stars

by Ayako Brodek

The Suffragist Playbook

by Lucinda Robb

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

by Yanis Varoufakis


by Alice Rigney Renner

Tenafly: Images of Modern America

by Paul Stefanowicz

Things to Look Forward To

by Sophie Blackall

Tools for Food

by Corinne Mynatt

Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts

by Jane Brocket

The Useful Book

by Sharon Bowers

What We Bring to the Practice of Medicine

by Kimberly Greene-Liebowitz

The World's Most Romantic Destinations

by Abbie Kozolchyk