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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. Nichols

Sometimes fact is far more compelling than fiction.
This absorbing and epic narrative meticulously depicts the theft of Europe’s art treasures by the German Third Reich. Providing an alternative history of the politics leading up to WWII, Nichols asks the important question, to what extent does art play a pivotal role in the formation of society? Is it important enough to kill for?

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K.L.
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The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780679756866
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - April 25th, 1995

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Who knew the periodic table was such a hot bed of intrigue, passion, obsession, and betrayal? Sam Kean did, and within these pages he manages to bring science and history to life by sharing delightfully fascinating, funny, and downright outrageous anecdotes about each of our elemental friends. From Mercury to Indium and beyond, you will not be able to put this book down!
Reviewed by: 
K.L.
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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316051637
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Never before had I read something so truly and heart-wrenchingly honest. Didion draws on personal experience recovering from the death of her beloved husband. She taps into raw emotion, and proves that writing is a process of healing. Even if you've never experienced something similar, this account leaves you with impressions of scars, and Didion leaves nothing out, sparing you not one heart-breaking detail. I loved it.
Reviewed by: 
Mikaela
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The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Even if you're not a previously indoctrinated Sedaris fan, you will love this collection of essays in which Sedaris details seemingly mundane trials from his life in a way that makes you reflect a little differently on your own. With humor, wit, and sometimes painful self-awareness, this had me glued for hours. I couldn't put it down!

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Mikaela
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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316154697
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 23rd, 2013

Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Covering pretty much every aspect of life, Kelly tells it like it is for those of us who may not have it all together. Some of my favs?
step #6: Stop enjoying things ironically. Just enjoy them.
step #24: Frames, not posters.
step#337:Doesn’t have to be a walk of shame. It can just be a walk.
step #119: Accept that some people are just jerks.
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Kimberly
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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455516902
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

Just Little Things. by Nancy Vu

Normally, these touchy-feely self motivation “life is good” books makes me vomit a little in my mouth. But that’s because I’m a jaded loser who secretly hates life sometimes. That being said--this book is legit. I do love it when someone replies instantly. I do relish sweater weather. I do love being taken care of when I’m sick. I do f*cking love the smell of clean laundry.
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Kimberly
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Just Little Things: A Celebration of Life's Simple Pleasures Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399162978
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: TarcherPerigee - May 7th, 2013

Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

I love love love craft books that give you a lot of variation on one theme, and this is one that does not disappoint. If you love to crochet and are thinking about making anything from a blanket to a potholder to a decoration for your living room, pick this book up! Clear instructions, beautiful examples and a great price. You'll want to curl up with this one again and again.
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Mikaela
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Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781603425384
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - May 13th, 2010

Lost Cat by Caroline Paul

This is the most heartwarmingly funny book I’ve read all year! While bed ridden, Caroline Paul’s once timid cat mysteriously acquires a taste for adventure. Her physical and emotional recovery seem bound to finding out where little Tibby is going. To top it off, the tale is filled with wonderful Maria Kalman-esque artwork.
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Kimberly
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Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology Cover Image
By Caroline Paul, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781608199778
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 9th, 2013

Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen

I love this book every bit as much as I love Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood Bones & Butter. It has the same hunger, vitality, and intelligence, and it incites the same holy-cow-I-can’t-stop-reading-this feeling. It made me want to eat and travel, and also track down everything else Christensen has written, because I am now a huge fan. If you love memoir and food writing, this is your book!
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Kat
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Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385536264
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 9th, 2013

Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar

This well-researched book charts the rise of the newest cult of domesticity captivating the minds and pantries of today's young women. Matchar breaks down the socioeconomic and cultural factors that inspire the homesteading movement, who creates the trends, and what food/"back-to-basics" experts such as Michael Pollan have to say about feminism (hint: it's pretty backlash-y.)This is required feminist reading for 2013.
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Louise
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Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451665444
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2013

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