So, here are the ones that I haven't forgotten yet!
There's something eerily similar about these covers, no?
The Pope and Mussolini - Obviously I picked this one because I was moving to Italy and it did really help to fill out my understanding of more recent Italian history. Not a specifically fun read but an educational one and really interesting.
I did learn a lot about early mormon history (and here I thought that going to college in Arizona already gave me more background on LDS than most Americans). I didn't like that he conflates violent fundamentalists with basically any person with religious beliefs - but he mostly succeeds in limiting those opinions to the prologue and sticks to the facts otherwise.
Oh, Lord. I would really love to write the response to this one. I would title it 'Italian kids eat pizza and pasta : which doesn't require any rules at all and everyone seems healthy enough'. Really though, this book got me thinking about how I would deal with picky eating (with my own hypothetical future children of course). It also got me thinking about how really, truly unhealthy our eating habits have become. Not that I'm ready to give up my Lucky Charms and Spaghettios just yet, but maybe it wouldn't hurt to add in a few greens every once in awhile.
This one was recommended to me a few months ago. It was a sobering read but also hopeful in its message that it is possible to increase your odds of surviving a disaster. Not just useful info for world travellers like myself, but for pretty much everyone.
I guess the Zika virus reminded me of Ebola and I ended up finding this in the eCollection at my library. Even having followed ebola very closely (back in Lagos, when ebola was spreading there) I still learned a lot from this book. It would be fascinating to talk with the author (who wrote the book ages ago) to see how he would fit the most recent epidemic into his understanding of the disease.
And from the self-help section:
I'd also recommend the podcasts I've been listening on the way to and from work.
Stuff You Should Know and Things You Missed in History Class are the current favorites.