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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum

What's incredible about Applebaum's Iron Curtain is her attention to detail: she paints such vivid pictures of life in Eastern Europe under Soviet rule, you feel as if you had lived it yourself. Her meticulous research has paid off in a magnificent work on the trials and tribulations of the Eastern Bloc, a subject not as well-known as life in the USSR.

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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385515696
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2012

kate spade New York: Twenty Things We Love

First of all, Kate Spade can't do any wrong in my eyes. With that bias stated, you must must check this book out. There's a whole chapter on the color RED! Why not, right? Besides well-placed bows (yes!) and handwritten notes (yes!) and a sense of humor (of course!), this book is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade New York.

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By kate spade new york, Deborah Lloyd (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419705663
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Published: Abrams - January 15th, 2013

Cataract by John Berger

John Berger, whose treatises on seeing have shaped cultural and media studies for four decades (see Way of Seeing), records the effects of cataract removal operations on each of his eyes. The result is an illuminated take on perception. Demirel's witty illustrations complement the text, creating a mini-world where eyes take on whimsical lives of their own.

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Cataract: Some Notes After Having a Cataract Removed Cover Image
By John Berger, Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781619020634
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 11th, 2012

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this. Hyrule Historia is a wealth of information for the Legend of Zelda franchise. It contains concept art, a history of Hyrule, and an exclusive manga. Any hardcore Zelda fan would be stoked to add it to their inventory!

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ISBN: 9781616550417
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dark Horse Books - January 29th, 2013

Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

Baking recipes from this book is like playing Pretty Pretty Princess, but tastier. Each classic indulgence is lovingly prepared and impeccably decorated. You'll be the most stylish baker on the block once you have these nostalgic recipes in hand. My personal favorite is the Coffee Crunch Spiral: sophisticated and delicious!

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Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today's Sweet Tooth [A Baking Book} Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607741022
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - July 31st, 2012

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey is a grumpy, offensive desert rat. It is this boldness and direct attitude that makes this book so good. His short, punchy prose is packed with both interesting facts about the Utah desert and his own brand of radical environmentalism, but it’s his vivid descriptions of the desert that make you want what any good nature book should make you want: to get outside!

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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345326492
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - January 12th, 1985

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

The Periodic Table is a collection of autobiographical stories of Primo Levi's extraordinary yet simple life. Adventuresome, wistful, lyrical and witty, Levi leads the reader through 1940’s Fascist Italy with wisdom and grace. Named by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as "the best science book ever," Primo Levi's The Periodic Table is so much more.

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The Periodic Table (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Primo Levi, Raymond Rosenthal (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780805210415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schocken - April 4th, 1995

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

I'd seen Fear & Loathing a half dozen times before finally picking up the book. Expecting a drug and booze filled Vegas story, I was instead impressed by the (drug and booze filled) biting social commentary. Thompson was an extremely talented journalist, and I was won over by the depth and wit of his writing. This is one hell of a ride by one hell of a writer.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679785897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 12th, 1998

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

This is a self-help book for kitchen confidence. After helping a woman exchange her processed foods for easy make-at-home dinners, Flinn decided to change how people think about home cooking. Nine volunteers were given weekly cooking classes. Flinn emphasizes the importance of not wasting food, of eating for better health, and of knowing where your food comes from.
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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122173
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

Cartoon History of the Universe, Part I by Larry Gonick

If you have a thirst for history knowledge but a short attention span, this series is the way to go! Larry Gonick's detailed research and his lighthearted sense of humor make the eons pass by in a breeze. Covering the Big Bang theory and through the beginning of Western civilization, Cartoon History is a great read for historians of any age.
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The Cartoon History of the Universe: Volumes 1-7: From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385265201
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - September 10th, 1997


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