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2013 Staff Nonfiction Favorites

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

T. E. Lawrence was a whirlwind of force in the mind-bendingly complex Middle East during World War I and Scott Anderson does a great job of describing the hallucinogenic jigsaw puzzle of diplomacy and war. Anderson’s Lawrence is a full and quirky human being; an adventurer and scholar from the start. Bonus: Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is based on the life of Lawrence and this book makes a great companion read.
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Dave
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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385532921
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2013

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

This story has lingered in my mind, long after the final page. Paterniti becomes obsessed with a cheese, a man, and a story--moving his entire family to the highlands of Castile, dedicating years of his life, and becoming embroiled in a blood feud. Full of the big questions about life and agency and meaning, it's a book that holds your heart and your stomach hostage.

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Nici
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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385337007
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Published: Dial Press - July 30th, 2013

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

In this gripping new book, Zuckoff deftly weaves the tale of three downed planes in Greenland in World War II, the tireless efforts to rescue the surviving crew while battling the Arctic winter, and the present-day search for one of the lost planes. Zuckoff’s gift for bringing history to life and his wit and dry sense of humor during the obstacle-ridden search make this a compulsively readable book.

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Flannery
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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062133434
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Published: Harper - April 23rd, 2013

Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown

I adored Darth Vader & Son, Browns first foray into the Star Wars universe, in which Darth Vader attempts to raise a young Luke. In this equally awesome new book, Vader embarks on the daunting task of raising a headstrong young Princess Leah. Filled with adorable drawings and jokes with plenty of winks at the movies, this is a book any Star Wars fan will love, parent or not.
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Flannery
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Vader’s Little Princess: (Star Wars Kids Book, Star Wars Children’s Book, Geek Dad Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452118697
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 23rd, 2013

Because I Said So by Ken Jennings

Did your mom ever tell you not to swallow your gum because it would stay in your stomach for seven years? Ever wonder if that was true? In his new book, Jennings, the witty, charming Jeopardy! champ, gets to the bottom of the old wives’ tales your parents told you and uncovers the truth. This is such a delightful book, perfect for those who like to laugh and learn at the same time. And if you’re giving it to someone who has kids, this is a great read, so they can lie informatively, and if you’re giving it to someone who doesn’t have kids, they can undermine their friends who do!

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Flannery
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Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476706962
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2013

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