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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

A compendium of the author’s essays and talks spanning decades, this volume feels nearly as rich and valuable as the folk and fairy tales that Pullman loves. A real treasure for anyone who enjoys meditating on the power of storytelling, with some delightful insights into Pullman’s own creative mindset that have had more of an impact on my own writing than any ‘how-to’ guide. - Ilana

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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky

Are you a fan of true crime but getting tired of the buddy-buddy, let’s get friendly nature of its verse? Are you tired of murdered folks sharing just a bit too much for your comfort? Prefer your sociopath insights hidden behind graphs and numbers? Then this is the book for you <3 - Rachel

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Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425276976
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Published: Berkley - August 14th, 2018

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal

Countering the assumption of the Middle Ages as stagnant and prejudiced, Menocal explores the diverse, flourishing world of Muslim Spain. I was fascinated by the cultural exchange between Muslims, Christians, and Jews that nourished such unique art, poetry, philosophy, and architecture. Beautiful history writing with a hopeful message. - Clara

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The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316168717
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2003

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

If you loved The Argonauts, read this next. In 2004, while waiting for the publication of Jane, her verse narrative about her aunt’s murder in 1969, improvements in DNA technology helped the Michigan police track down Jane’s alleged murderer, and the case was re-opened. Cautious and nuanced, while simultaneously gripping, this is Nelson’s account of trial. - Wren

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ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

The Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dean

40 years before the internet became popular, an alternate digital universe was the genesis of dungeon games, Flight Simulator, Castle Wolfenstein, Freecell, Lotus Notes, chat rooms, email, the first online community, and Richard Powers' novel Galatea 2.2. The Plato System flourished nationally and then disappeared from our memory. This is the first book to tell its story. - Dave

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The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101871553
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Published: Pantheon - November 14th, 2017

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

This memoir is an ode to clever, curious girls who strain against the path. Dillard approached childhood with a furious joy, consuming everything her quiet upbringing offered with an infectious vitality. "I read some few books with such reverence," Dillard writes, "I didn't close them at the finish, but only moved the pile of pages back to the start." I felt the same. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780060915186
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 15th, 2013

Proud by Ibtihaj Muhammad

In 2016, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Muslim American woman to compete -and medal- in the Olympics. Her inspiring memoir details how she challenged stereotypes surrounding black and Muslim woman in America, and how she overcame self-doubt, racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia to proudly represent the United States on the world stage. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780316518963
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Published: Hachette Books - July 24th, 2018

The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard

Australian chef Lepard pays homage to the bread belt of Europe, selecting some phenomenal, varied favorites from each country. The instructions on making and using sourdough starters as well as yeast are helpful and engaging, and I found success with every recipe I tried. - Natalie

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The Handmade Loaf: The book that started a baking revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784724429
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Published: Mitchell Beazley - March 6th, 2018

The Campout Cookbook by Jen Stevenson and Marnie Hanel

Get your holiday gift early--this book is perfect for the camper in your life. From backcountry breakfast boards to skillet pizza to campfire skills, gorp, and canteen cocktails, this book has you covered. The charming illustrations and mouthwatering recipes have inspired my next camping trip and will yours, too. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781579657994
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Published: Artisan - May 29th, 2018

Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey

I first discovered Rainey’s loose, floral watercolor style through social media. I’m always on the lookout for a good how-to watercolor book and hers is a favorite. You start off learning the materials and the medium and then move into color theory, value pigmentation, shapes, strokes and techniques such as wet on wet. A great book for a beginner or intermediate artist! - Rechelle

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Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399579721
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Published: Watson-Guptill - October 10th, 2017

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