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2015 Staff Nonfiction Favorites

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) does not like to hold back. She will be the first to tell you that she’s crazy. And she is. For most of her life, she has dealt with mental illness. She suffers from depression, anxiety, and a variety of other disorders and she has found that writing is one of the things that helps her survive. She also happens to be one of the funniest people in the world. Luckily for her (and for us), she has written another book. It is a roller-coaster ride through Lawson’s amazing head or, as she says, “a compendium on ‘how-to-thrive-in-spite-of-your-brain-being-a-real-bastard.’” She somehow manages to candidly address the debilitating diseases of depression and anxiety while making you pee your pants laughing. Yes, that’s what I said. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m glad she does.

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George
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ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

SPQR by Mary Beard

Mary Beard writes ancient Roman history in a lively, accessible manner, weaving her notable scholarship into fascinating, often myth-busting tales and evaluating events in ways particularly meaningful, like immigration, terrorism and citizen activism. Complete with maps, timelines and full-color plates, SPQR celebrates the importance of this seminal city, giving it context and reminding us of its continued influence in our world today.

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Melinda
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780871404237
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Published: Liveright - November 9th, 2015

M Train by Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s follow-up memoir to Just Kids is a poignant and fluid meditation on places and objects that bear significance in her life, shifting seamlessly from dreamlike to reminiscent. Punctuated by coffee, literature, and detective shows, we meander through her memories of travel and relationships. Don’t expect a linear narrative—drift with Ms. Smith through what she describes as “a roadmap to my life.”

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Centa
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781101875100
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Published: Knopf - October 6th, 2015

H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H Is for Hawk is everything one wants literary nonfiction to be: impeccably written, reflective, searing, smart, and toned with wildness. When Helen MacDonald’s father dies unexpectedly, her raging grief drives her to train a goshawk, the fiercest of raptors. Infused with T.H. White’s writing on his own time with a goshawk, this book becomes an eccentric history, a meditation on loss, a captivating memoir, and nature writing of the highest caliber.

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Melinda
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802123411
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2015

It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario

Through photographs and open, honest writing, Lynsey Addario’s memoir provides a unique lens that looks both outward with empathy for those in war-ravaged regions like Iraq, Libya and the Congo, and inward at her own drive and struggle to become a premier photojournalist in a traditionally fraternal profession. To understand her life and to see the world through her eyes is a rare gift and a captivating read.

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Melinda
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$29.95
ISBN: 9781594205378
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Published: Penguin Press - February 5th, 2015

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This is not a celebrity memoir--it's even better. This is an actual, legitimate guide to dating written with a sociologist after a year-long, worldwide sociological study. Filled with information, personal stories from a variety of people, and anecdotes from Aziz's own life, this book is incisive, educational, and above all, hysterically funny. I absolutely loved this book, and found it honestly helpful.

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Flannery
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is a sweeping manifesto heralding the power of inspiration and intuition, of creativity's force in human hearts and mind. Elizabeth Gilbert's wit and wisdom is so unpretentious, so unique to her, so relatable yet inspirational, that--in a sea of how-to and "fix your life" shticks--Big Magic is beyond refreshing. The Creative Living of which Gilbert writes isn't exclusive to professional artists--or even "artists" at all. Are you interested in becoming more receptive to the inspired, un-jaded side of yourself? Open Big Magic. Are you an artist interested in cutting out your (obnoxious, by the way) "tortured artist" act and creating your work joyfully? Open Big Magic. Gilbert is realistic about her convictions, and candid about her failings and doubts; her delightful personality shines so brightly in this marvelously meaningful book.

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Julia
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ISBN: 9781594634710
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 22nd, 2015

Superbetter by Jane McGonigal

What if we could harness the best qualities we use when we play games to make the real world a better place? Renowned game designer Jane McGonigal wondered that after a severe concussion led her to depression. She created SuperBetter, a web game that saved her life. This research-packed book traces the science behind how games can help us improve memory, mood, resilience, and compassion—even minimize physical pain and protect against posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Julia
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ISBN: 9781594206368
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Published: Penguin Press - September 15th, 2015

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

I tore through this book in three sittings. It's a fascinating topic, and Ronson's wit and charm make this an engaging read. Ronson covers a variety of types of public shaming - from the disgraced Jonah Lehrer to people whose social media posts led to overwhelming humiliation to the victims of sex scandals and many more. He presents a well rounded story for each example - from the cause to the aftermath. This book is thought provoking, making you seriously think about the glee with which our society takes down those we perceive as societal offenders. Luckily, Ronson's humor makes what could have been a depressing, overly serious topic fascinating and readable.

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Flannery
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594487132
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 31st, 2015

Spinster by Kate Bolick

Blending her own life story with the history of spinsterdom and the story of five women who influenced her "spinster wish", Bolick has written a book that touches the heart of many women chafing at the pressure to marry and settle down. As well as making me look critically at our society and my own life and desires, Spinster made me want to read the work of the women who influenced her and I can't think of anything I consider a higher recommendation than that.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780385347136
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

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