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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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.
Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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Just Little Things: A Celebration of Life's Simple Pleasures Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399162978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 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.
Reviewed by: 
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: Usually Ships in 1-5 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.
Reviewed by: 
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: Usually Ships in 1-5 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!
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385536264
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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.
Reviewed by: 
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

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

"In time so long ago begins our play,
In star-crossed galaxy far, far away..."

Do I even need to say anything except "Shakespeare's Star Wars? The space drama of our age is retold in flawless iambic pentameter with beautiful illustrations.

Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781594746376
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quirk Books - July 2nd, 2013

Death in the City of Light by David King

Like The Devil in the White City? Check this one out. This gripping, well researched book intersperses the tale of a horrifyingly prolific serial killer in Nazi occupied Paris, with snippets of what life was like in Paris at that time, including stories of such luminaries as John-Paul Sartre, Gertrude Stein, and their famous friends. This is an utterly fascinating read.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307452900
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli

Think your OCD is bad? Check out this guy! In an impressive feat of artistic compulsion, Ursus Wehrli deconstructed everyday things--alphabet soup, a parking lot, the checkout line at the grocery--and then rearranged them by size, color, etc. The result is both visually striking and highly entertaining. My favorite is probably the checkout line.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy Cover Image
By Ursus Wehrli, Geri Born (Photographs by), Daniel Spehr (Photographs by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452114163
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 19th, 2013

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

The gist of this utterly fascinating book is that people hallucinate way more often than you think they do. The implications of this are huge; hallucinations can change the way we think about mental health, spirituality, and mythology, and offer valuable information about the way our brains function (or malfunction). If you are a human being and you have a brain, you should probably read this.

Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307957245
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Published: Knopf - November 6th, 2012

Pretty Powerful by Bobbi Brown

The name Bobbi Brown has become synonymous with clean natural makeup, and her newest book does not disappoint! Filled with tips and recommendations for all ages and skin tones, Bobbi will keep you looking beautiful day and night. Pretty Powerful also includes interviews with women famous and obscure on what inner and outward beauty means to them. Empowering stuff!

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Cover Image
By Bobbi Brown, Sara Bliss (With)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811877046
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

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