Edmund de Waal, artist and a craftsman, tells the story of his family through works of art. The Hare With Amber Eyes is a netsuke, a small Japanese carving, and Edmund de Waal makes this hare the start point of an exploration of his family.
“My grandparents went to visit my dad at college for the first time, and asked him where the library was. He had absolutely no idea, and they got super pissed (because he obviously was not studying)." Lesson learned: know where the library's at!
The Great Influenza, by John Barry. This amazing book includes the history of medicine, virology, politics and war. The flu epidemic of 1918 is something everyone should know about. This will give you the facts in a beautifully-written style.