ICPL Top Staff Picks for 2018: NON-FICTION

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children's – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We'll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library's top non-fiction books for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America by Sarah Kendzior
  • The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
  • Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
  • Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and ‘90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss
  • Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

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