1. How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff – A mind opening look at how statistics can be manipulated to dazzle and deceive you.
2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks – Take a look at neurological diseases and how one man could mistake his wife for a hat and not even realize it.
3. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston – Learn about a rare and lethal disease that can start in Africa one afternoon and land in Washington DC the next.
4. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter – A book that debates the question of consciousness and the possibility of artificial intelligence.
5. Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden – The tale of the only known person to be born inside a North Korean prison camp and escape.
6. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson – One in every one hundred people is a psychopath. They are everywhere, and they can be manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional.
7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – Find out what makes high achievers so different.
8. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – The author learns the truth about trying to survive as a low-income American.
9. Stiff by Mary Roach – A compelling and hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.
10. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner – A book that studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.