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2011 Nonfiction Staff Favorites

Our staff picked out these titles as their favorite nonfiction books released in 2011.

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

 Almost too unbelievable to be true, this action adventure story is a
great page turner. Zuckoff balances thorough reporting with dramatic
retelling as he present the story of plane-crash survivors and the
isolated indigenous tribe members they encounter. While it must have
been a harrowing experience for those involved, the happy-ending of
their trials and the immense readability of the writing make this an
easy and entertaining read.

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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061988349
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harper - April 26th, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I was almost late to work multiple times because Tina Fey is just so wet-your-pants funny. Not only is this a great book--full of pointed humor, witty observations, and less-than-helpful suggestions--but the audio version puts it all in her voice and her cadence. She's a brilliant comedian and an acute social observer—you should totally take her advice. –Nici

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ISBN: 9781609419691
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Little, Brown & Company - April 5th, 2011

Hidden Reality by Brian Greene

Lovers of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos rejoice! Brian Greene has returned. This time we dive deep into the world (or universe if you will) of theoretical physics and cosmology. This book contains the usual perplexing topics that Greene somehow makes accessible and easy to understand. A very intriguing and engaging work.

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393338102
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2010

Knit Your Own Dog by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne

Be the best in show with this amazing collection of knitted pooch patterns! From hounds to sporting, terriers to working—this book has it all. For all your dog loving knitting friends, Knit Your Own Dog is the perfect companion to knit your perfect companion.

Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579128746
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - February 23rd, 2011

Simple Times by Amy Sedaris

Oh how we love Amy here at Bookshop! This smash hit crafting book is finally in paperback, filled to the brim with awesomely hilarious (yet legitimately creative) craft projects for all skill levels/attention spans. Whether it’s learning the joys of poverty or the versatility of nuts—Amy Sedaris will make your holiday gifting a cinch!

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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446557047
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 1st, 2011

Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Trust me when I say that every one of these reci-pies will blow your mind. I’m not going to lie, I’m not actually vegan. Don’t tell. But I still love this cookbook with a fiery passion (or should I say piery passion?) Check out page 100s Key Lime Pie or page 62’s Blackberry Bramble Pie for some over-the-top deliciousness

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Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738212746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - October 25th, 2011

Go the F*ck To Sleep by Adam Mansbach

Every parent across the world can relate to this short and sweet missive on the beauties and terrors of a cranky kid. My favorite line? “The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest, and the creatures who crawl, run and creep. I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullsh*t. Stop lying. Lie the f*ck down, my darling and sleep.” A must for every new parent on your holiday list.

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By Adam Mansbach (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Ricardo Cortés (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781617750250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - June 14th, 2011

Pattern Magic 2 by Tomoko Nakamichi

Part mathematics, part origami, part sheer innovation—Pattern Magic 2 is simplicity in design at its best. As the author says, “unexpected shapes and forms can be converted into flat patterns and ultimately into garments…patterns are like documents that describe a garment, conveying its structure more eloquently than words.”

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Pattern Magic 2: (Part of the best-selling Japanese inspired Pattern Magic series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781856697064
Availability: Backordered
Published: Laurence King Publishing - February 16th, 2011

Bust DIY by Debbie Stoller

Bust has been dedicated to celebrating what it means to be a real woman for almost 20 years, and this collection of the best DIY projects is simply the end all, be all, of craft books! Home décor, gardening, jewelry, sewing, fashion, food, and everything in between! I feel confident saying that I literally do not need to buy another crafting anthology ever again.

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Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9781584798965
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2011

Anthology of Rap by Adam Bradley

So what you, what you, what you want? This book brings rhymes that will flaunt. When you’re down on your rhyme game and vernacular is lame, just grab this book and look. It ain’t no shame. So take my advice, just pay the price and from this hip-hop cake, take a slice

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By Adam Bradley (Editor), Andrew DuBois (Editor), Jr. Gates, Henry Louis (Foreword by), Common (Afterword by), Chuck D (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780300141917
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Yale University Press - September 13th, 2011


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