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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Hollywood's Eve by Lili Anolik

Eve Babitz was the bold, wild and unapologetic party girl of the '60's and '70's L.A. scene. Her involvement with a stream of famous actors and musicians set the stage for her work as an artist and writer. This enthusiastic biography is a fun informative read for fans of Eve and those new to her. - Trey

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Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125799
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

Maid by Stephanie Land

The way this country reviles people in need of government assistance has always appalled me. As a child of parents who have, at one time or another been those people, Maid resonated. Land thoughtfully recounts her experiences being a working mom with no support and abusive partners, proving yet again how this country is built on the backs of the invisible and ignored. - Karena

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316505116
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

Believe the hype – this book is for you, whether master chef or master microwaver. More than recipes (though we’ve got that too) Nosrat shares with you the secret: cooking is salt, fat, acid, and heat. Easily explaining science and taste behind each component, I now understand my recipes. More importantly, I can cook, to the point of fixing – or inventing – a delicious dish. - Jocelyn

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride is a very nearly perfect movie. As You Wish will make your millionth viewing even better. There's a bit about the filming of the Miracle Max scene that had me snorting my drink out my nose, I was laughing so hard. The entire book is worth that chapter. - J

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Cover Image
By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476764047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - October 4th, 2016

In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

I read this immediately after Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, recommended it in an interview. Murch's cinema theory focuses on the criteria of a good cut and emotional editing. Along with editing advice, Murch recounts the challenges faced when editing films for Francis Ford Coppola. This is the quintessential book for any editor or filmmaker! - Natalie O.

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In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781879505629
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Silman-James Press - August 1st, 2001

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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Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525521174
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425276976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$17.99
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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The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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

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