Your next read is in the stars! Let Allie, the Book Psychic, pick a book for you based on your star sign. The holiday season is officially upon us, meaning you’re expected to attend a million and one parties. Spice up your small talk by reading some great narrative nonfiction. It’s a win-win: you’ll impress your coworkers, family & friends with fascinating stories & trivia, and you’ll also get to read an entertaining book!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
How Things are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers by Andrew Terranova
As the inventor in the Zodiac, you’ll love reading how everyday items, like sunscreen, lipstick, and smart phones, developed. Full of engaging infographics and illustrations.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser
Your selfless interest in the world will attract you to this story of the natural resource we unknowingly consume more than any other—sand. Learn of its importance, how we’re running out of it, & what that could ultimately mean for the world.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb
If we had to describe you, “brave” would be one of the first words—so you may enjoy this account of the impossibly brave Allied airman who escaped from a German POW camp during World War I.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Rudy’s Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe by Mary K. Jensen
You’re a stubborn, loyal partner, & you’ll love reading these amusing stories of a married couple traveling the world. Veteran Rudy has a rule for every situation—his number one being “Adapt”—while Mary has her own mantra: “Expect the worst.”

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre
You’re an expert communicator, Gemini, and love talking to people. You’ll love learning about personality tests—and whether they’re legitimate or not.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George
You’re most likely a history buff, but you also crave beautiful prose. Pick up this fascinating story all about the history of medicine and blood.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
Leo, your gregarious nature probably propelled you to theater at some point, whether on the stage or in the audience. Learn about this great partnership that transformed musical theater.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
You’re probably a bookworm and make good use of your library card. Pick up this highly anticipated account of the mystery behind the Los Angeles Public Library fire in the 1986.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden
You are all about aesthetics, Libra, and love luxurious things. Pick up this micro history about gems—each chapter is focused on a different jewel.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sara Weinman
Scorpio, you’re a natural detective, so no wonder mysteries & true crime appeals to you. Dive into this exploration of the 1948 abduction of an 11-year-old that inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel, Lolita.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
The History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis
You like seeing people profit from good work and influence, so you’ll enjoy reading this clearly written history of 10 labor strikes.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
Your ambition will draw you towards Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, the chemist who fought tirelessly against  greed and  corruption for changes in food safety. Lucky for us—now we don’t have to worry about formaldehyde in our milk!

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