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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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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Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250141941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143110910
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307473134
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 13th, 2015

Green Escapes by Toby Musgrave

Phaidon does it again! I adore this beautiful little collection of secret and not-so-secret gardens and parks throughout the world. You may even discover some hidden gems in your own city. A wonderful collection to inspire your own outdoor sanctuary or to guide your travels. - Natalie

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Green Escapes: The Guide to Secret Urban Gardens Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780714876122
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Phaidon Press - May 18th, 2018

The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Any book about dinosaurs immediately goes into my to be read pile. I pleased to find that this narrative was incredibly humorous, light, and anecdotal. You’ll learn interesting facts about dinosaurs in addition to getting a glimpse into life as a paleontologist. If you’re looking for a non-fic read that’s informative but also has a friendly narrative give this one a shot. - Rechelle

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062490421
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: William Morrow - April 24th, 2018

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

If you love true crime and haven't read this, get on it! Ann Rule, a former beat cop, worked side by side with Ted Bundy for years at a crisis hotline. She harbored no suspicion that her coworker and friend was a killer. This must-read jumps back and forth between his grisly murders and Rule's perspective of Ted over the years to portray how serial killers truly can hide in plain sight. - Nicole

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ISBN: 9781416559597
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pocket Books - December 30th, 2008

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Once a person is evicted, they often fall prey to the vicious cycle of eviction and homelessness, perpetuated by a slew of absurd laws and inadequate safety nets. Desmond follows families as they struggle to hold down jobs, provide for their children, resist addiction, and evade eviction in a housing system seemingly pitted against them. Heart-wrenching and insightful - a must-read. - Jade

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori

Do yourself a favor and open up this book. Even if you're not a plant/natural history nerd like me, I assure you this book will bring you so much joy. A glorious exploration of the world through its most culturally, economically, and spiritually significant trees, featuring fabulous illustrations and fascinating mini-bios for each tree. - Natalie

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Around the World in 80 Trees: (The perfect gift for tree lovers) Cover Image
By Jonathan Drori, Lucille Clerc (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781786271617
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Laurence King Publishing - May 29th, 2018

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