Want to Read Like a Librarian? Here’s how!

We compiled the biggest, baddest list of favorite books from our Poudre River Library District librarians and staff! This behemoth list can’t possibly be contained in just one post so we’re releasing installments of our favorite books by genre! Check back each for a brand new list of books to keep you bibliophiles busy!

This week: NON FICTION

Harmony Library Staff

All You Need to Be Impossibly French Helena Frith Powell
This I Believe Jay Allison & Dan Getiman
The Art of Happiness The Dalai Lama
Scandinavian Stitches Kajsa Wikman
The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos Heidi Adnum
Saving Simon Jon Katz
The Blue Zones Solution Dan Buettner
Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt
A Year in Provence Peter Mayle
In A Sunburned Country Bill Bryson


Webster House Administrative Center Staff

Lost in Shangri-La Mitchell Zuckoff
The Children’s Blizzard David Laskin
The Worst Hard Time Timothy Egan
The Candy Bombers Andrei Cherny
Liberty’s Exiles Maya Jasanoff
Spine of the Continent Mary Ellen Hannibal
Breakpoint Jeff Stibel
Triggers Marshall Goldsmith
The Drunken Botanist Amy Stewart
Grain of Truth Stephen Yafa


Council Tree Library Staff

Ghost Wars Steven Coll
The Lost Painting Jonathan Harr
The Te of Piglet Benjamin Hoff
Death in the City of Light David King
The Great Typo Hunt Jeff Deck & Benjamin D. Herson
Touching the Void Joe Simpson
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer
Escape From the Deep Alex Kershaw
Lost in Tibet Richard Starks
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Full Body Burden Kristen Iverson
All Over But the Shoutin’ Rick Bragg
Operating Instructions Anne Lamott
Thank You For Your Service David Finkel
Running Like a Girl Alexandra Heminsley
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
Girls Like Us Sheila Weller
The Worst Hard Time Timothy Egan
Season of the Witch David Talbot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot


Old Town Library Staff

In A Sunburned Country Bill Bryson
Here, There, Elsewhere William Heat-Moon
Oracle Bones Peter Hessler
Great Railway Bazaar Paul Theroux
Shadow of the Silk Road Colin Thubron
In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson
On Saudi Arabia Karen Elliot House
Strength In What Remains Tracy Kidder
Boys Adrift Leonard Sax
Nine Parts of Desire Geraldine Brooks

Other Staff

The Fiddler on the Subway

Gene Weingarten

Art Before Breakfast

Danny Gregory

84 Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

Richard Cahan

A Path Appears

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert

Into Thin Air

Jon Krakauer

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver


Pete Jordan


Dave Cullen

On Royalty

Jeremy Paxman


Max Hastings

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

Lies My Teacher Told Me

James Loewen