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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

This history book was written for anyone who loves true crime or scandalous drama. The narrative follows Nicolas de la Reynie, the man appointed by Louis XIV to clean up crime-ridden Paris as the city’s first chief of police. La Reynie’s investigation into the twisted “Affair of the Poisons” takes us deep into a thrilling story of murder, witchcraft, intrigue, sex, and revenge. - Clara

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City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393355437
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

Female friendships are beautiful, wonderful things and yet through media we've been told they aren't important, that women are shallow, and we'll outgrow them when/if we get married. I love that Schaefer reminds us to surround ourselves with women better than ourselves. As she says in the intro, "text me when you get home, let's continue the conversation." - Karena

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ISBN: 9781101986127
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton - February 6th, 2018

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Almost everyone has seen Jaws or has some other preconceived notion about Great White sharks. However, it is only recently that scientists have even begun to understand what makes these fish tick. Casey’s immersive account of living on the Farallon Islands and participating in the shark research there is thrilling and horrifying; a truly fascinating read. - Jade

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The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805080117
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew

Maybe you know her brilliant Instagram illustrations. Maybe this book is your intro to the whimsical, soulful, and heart-nourishing work of Mari Andrew. Either way, Am I There Yet? is full of art and essays to make your tender heart feel cradled and seen. An honest, vulnerable exploration of dating, working, and living in the world, this book is a perfect gift for any millennial. - Jessica

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Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood (@bymariandrew) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524761431
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 27th, 2018

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Drawing on a wealth of research and studies, Walker presents a compelling case that the power of sleep and dreams, properly utilized, can enhance the everyday lives of individuals and even society at large. Reap the benefits of consistent, quality sleep. Reading this book changed my approach to sleep and produced remarkably positive results! - Trey

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781501144325
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Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2018

Period edited by Kate Farrell

This intersectional book about period-having people needs to be read by everyone. It removes the stigma of menstruation which has plagued us all, whether you have a period or not. There are essays from a transgender man, a homeless person, a disabled person as well as 9 other voices. It changed my life. No longer will I hide my tampons! Let's have conversations. Let's make it normal. - Karena

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250141941
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 8th, 2018

The Code of the Samurai by Thomas Cleary

The first and foremost lesson of the Bushido Shushinsu, or Code of the Samurai, is to keep death in your mind at all times. This may seem a bit dramatic, but it allows the warrior to remember that every action is important and all life is precious. With riffs on a broad range of subjects from finance to laziness, The Code of the Samurai is a must read for any modern warrior. - Aric

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The Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke Cover Image
By Thomas Cleary, Oscar Ratti (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780804831901
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - September 15th, 1999

The Last Season by Eric Blehm

Randy Morgenson spent 28 seasons as a backcountry ranger, helping countless hikers—some lost, some hungry, some hurt—find their way back to civilization. When he himself disappeared, fellow rangers began a desperate search to find him. Well-researched and written with the urgency of a murder mystery, this is one of the best books about the outdoors you’ll ever read. - Rico

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060583019
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 30th, 2007

Behave by Robert Sapolsky

Legendary behaviorist Robert Sapolsky outlines so much of what we assume to be immutable behaviour as nothing more than a confluence of stimuli and their cascading responses. From genes to food to culture, Sapolsky starts small and continues to expound upon himself to illuminate the brain, the body, and the world in which we are all actors. - Ian

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780143110910
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 2018

Gay Berlin by Robert Beachy

Beachy writes a history of Berlin and of the development of our modern conceptions of gender and sexuality, breaking new ground in the politics, activism, and social scenes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This book stands out to me for its passionate respect for and interest in the institutional and intellectual creations of gay and transgender people and their legacies. - Clara

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307473134
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Published: Vintage - October 13th, 2015

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