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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

Most of us walk through our daily lives without thinking too much about our mortality, but O’Farrell’s connection to life has been more tenuous than most. Over seventeen essays, she examines the experiences that have taught her how thin the membrane between life and death really is. Told in elegant prose that will resonate in your heart, this book is, ultimately, incredibly life-affirming. - Jess

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

America Before by Graham Hancock

While many scientists cling to the idea that humans didn’t inhabit the American continents until fairly recently, evidence proving the contrary continues to build. In his latest, unorthodox analysis of human history, Hancock parses this evidence to prove that technologically and socially advanced humans inhabited the Americas for 10,000s of years before European conquest. - Aric

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America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250153739
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 23rd, 2019

3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook by Drew Maresco

I’m usually too busy to make a meal every night, so my slow cooker has become a godsend. Drew Maresco has made my life even easier with this cookbook, with recipes that are both delicious and extremely easy to prepare. This fantastic cookbook is packed with gorgeous, full-page pictures and covers a wide variety of culinary traditions, and includes vegetarian options. - Stuart

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3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook: Delicious, Hassle-Free Homemade Meals Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624147234
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Published: Page Street Publishing - January 29th, 2019

Emperors of the Deep by William McKeevor

Sharks are one of the world’s oldest living species, but climate change threatens their continued existence. Misrepresented and misunderstood, sharks play pivotal roles in our ocean ecosystems. McKeevor travels the world talking to experts to learn what our oceans would be like without sharks, and why that would be a very dire outcome indeed. - Jade

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Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062880321
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Published: HarperOne - June 25th, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

A comprehensive and profound treatise on climate. Though much of the information paints a bleak future, I felt inspired to action upon reading. If it’s too much for you, buy it for the person in your life who can handle the darkest truths. This book feels important.  It is my early pick to win a 2019 Pulitzer. I am recommending it to anyone who will listen. - Jason

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576709
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

The Forking Trolley by James M. Russell

Are you a fan of the popular sitcom The Good Place?  Would you like to dig a bit deeper into the ethical dilemmas explored on the show? If so, this book is for you! Russell uses traditional and modern thought experiments to provide a concise, illuminating tour of the main issues humans face when trying to "do the right thing". This is a great introduction to Ethical Philosophy. - Trey

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The Forking Trolley: An Ethical Journey to The Good Place Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781786750792
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Published: Palazzo Editions - May 4th, 2019

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

As a lifelong introvert, this book made me snort-laugh whilst giving me cause for self-reflection. It also made me feel goodwill towards my fellow humans, a miracle for someone who sees strangers primarily as potential sources of anguish and irritation. Dare I say my heart grew a size or two, in true Grinch fashion? A warm, funny read for anyone feeling disconnected. - Ilana

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Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781449499235
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 28th, 2019

The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner

Get ready to have your mind blown, because everything you “know” about food and dieting is a big ole LIE. Dooner lays out the history of diet culture, the physical, mental, & emotional effects of dieting, and how to heal from disordered eating. Heal your body. Heal your relationship with food. Eat. Rest. This book is life changing, potentially lifesaving, so f*ck it! - J

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The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062883612
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Published: Harper Wave - March 26th, 2019

The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris

This book is a hoot and a half. Not all superheroes make it to the big screen and win the day; some of them fade into obscurity for a reason. Collected here is a selection of comic book history's worst (best?) goofs. Meet Bee Man, the Clown, the Eye, Lady Satan, Kangaroo Man, and more. - J

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The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781594747632
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Published: Quirk Books - June 2nd, 2015

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

You’ll want to read this one just for the extravagantly gothic yet entrancingly informative example sentences. This on the past participle: You won’t get far in those corrugated pantaloons, sire. And: Sylvia wantonly splits infinitives, often with unheard-of verbs. This beautiful book is so much fun that you’ll learn some grammar despite yourself. - Dave

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The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780679418603
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Published: Pantheon - August 10th, 1993

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