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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

Rough Beauty by Karen Auvinen

This is a beautiful story of a woman trying to find her own with powerful prose and captivating descriptions of nature. Auvienen’s metaphorical writing is surprisingly accessible while painting a vivid picture of her process of self-discovery through a Thoreau-esque four years in the woods with just her dog. As a dog mom, I relate to their heartfelt relationship. - R.H.

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Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501152290
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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

We Fed an Island by Jose Andres

In 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the United States territory of Puerto Rico, destroying homes, power and water, ultimately causing 2,975 deaths. Chef Jose Andres vividly brings the disaster to life, depicting weeks of building a network of private chefs and restaurants that ultimately fed thousands a day, as the US government failed. Part memoir, part manifesto, reading this re-ignites outrage, but also provides guidance for a better way to help the survivors of future disasters. - Jocelyn

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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062864499
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 3rd, 2019

Imagining the Future of Climate Change by Shelley Streeby

A truly unique book that delves into the power of science fiction to educate and inspire change, as exemplified by the works of Octavia Butler and other sci-fi writers and activists of color on the front line of the fight for the future of our planet. - Ksenia

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Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present #5) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780520294455
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Published: University of California Press - January 31st, 2018

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino's debut essay collection navigates our absurd modern world. Each one is fatalistic and filled with quick wit covering everything from identity, celebrity culture, feminism, and religion. Tolentino expertly binds these disparate topics with her cynical humor and intelligence. Every essay is filled with Tolentino's refreshing voice and provides empathy and relief when redemption in this country feels impossible. - Natalie

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Most people would not choose to cope with loss by undertaking the training of a goshawk, but Helen Macdonald is not most people. In the aftermath of the sudden death of her father, Macdonald indulges a lifelong love of hawks and purchases a goshawk whom she names Mable. Goshawks are notoriously temperamental and extremely intelligent, so training one is no small feat. Macdonald’s writing is lush and expressive and her portrayal of her relationship with Mable is raw and deeply moving. - Jade

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl

Stress is an unavoidable part of modern life for most of us. This workbook is a practical introduction to using mindfulness meditation to reduce and manage stress. It includes well-organized information about alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, and chronic pain. This revised and updated 2nd edition can help you permanently change the way you handle stress in your daily life. - Trey

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A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781684033553
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - September 1st, 2019

The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs

Ryan Jacobs takes the culinary grail of the black truffle, and lays out not only the the science behind the scarcity of this unique fungi, but also why those truffle fries probably have exactly zero truffle in them. Jacobs guides you on an evocative tour of the past and present world of the truffle trade, with stories exciting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, of the lives and crimes petty and pivotal seeking to grow rich off truffle. - Jocelyn

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The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495693
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 4th, 2019

Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz was many things throughout his life: a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist. Close to the Knives is a perennially relevant collection of intelligent, searing, and poetic essays that range from David’s teenage years on the streets of New York, working as an artist, taking a solo road trip across the country, gay life in the 1980s, the Reagan presidency, and the emergence of the AIDS crisis—all set against Daivd’s own AIDS diagnosis. Throughout the book David unflinchingly shares his worldview and reaffirms the personal as political: through profound examinations of death and survival, calls for change, and astute observations of America. “It is exhausting, living in a population where people don’t speak up if what they witness doesn’t directly threaten them.” - Billy

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Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679732273
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

A short book that posits and answers an immense question. Angela Davis outlines the history of incarceration as the primary form of punishment and asks us to imagine a world interested in rehabilitation more than retribution and in healing rather than perpetuating the cycle of oppression. An absolute must-read from a legend. - Ksenia

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Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media Series) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781583225813
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

I won't be able to adequately describe my excitement in reading this book, but trust me that if you are looking for answers towards our social ills, pick this up. Klinenberg advocates for “social” infrastructure—physical spaces such as parks, libraries, walkways, even coffee shops--with credible studies that show these spaces create “community,” reduce crime, fight poverty, improve education, combat climate change, and more. Needless to say, he's convinced me, and I now have actionable efforts to advocate for. - Jocelyn

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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761172
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Published: Broadway Books - September 10th, 2019

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