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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles, both new and old. New reviews added quarterly, matching our in-store display.

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.
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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)
ISBN: 9781452114163
Availability: Backordered
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.

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ISBN: 9780307957245
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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!

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By Bobbi Brown, Sara Bliss (With)
ISBN: 9780811877046
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

Starting an Etsy Business for Dummies by Allison Strine

In our increasingly digital world, selling handmade wares is becoming a viable option for income (and fun!). You need this book if you have a product to sell, and you want easy to follow tips for every aspect of creating and maintaining an online store. Seriously, this guide is so thorough that even your most un-tech-savvy crafting grandmother could rock an online business.

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ISBN: 9780470930670
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: For Dummies - September 1st, 2011

Adornments by Myra Callan

Instantly transform any outfit into something sumptuously feminine with these lovely handcrafted accessories. Adornments gives easy to follow directions for creating hair pieces, necklaces, earrings, belts, and more. I dare you to flip through this book and not want every item in it.

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By Myra Callan, Elizabeth Messina (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781440229343
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Krause Publications - September 18th, 2012

Antarctica by Gabrielle Walker

Antarctica is a mysterious continent that very few of us will ever see. For those of us who wonder about it, this is a thorough, engaging look at the continent and the extensive scientific research the area is so perfect for. Walker explores the land, the people, and the mind blowing science, providing an eye-opening and utterly fascinating look at one of the most incredible places on Earth.

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ISBN: 9780151015207
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - January 15th, 2013

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Cahalan was 24, with a promising career and relationship, when her brain violently rebelled against her, baffling doctors and leaving her fighting for her life and sanity. Both medical mystery and astonishing story of familial devotion, this is also Cahalan’s attempt to recreate a time she barely remembers, her honesty makes this is a startling, powerful read that I could not put down.

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ISBN: 9781451621372
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Free Press - November 13th, 2012

Feminist Ryan Gosling by Danielle Henderson

Hey girl, did you know that the world’s sexiest person totally loves women? Thanks to the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog, and the fabulous book it begat, Ryan Gosling can remind you how incredible women are every single day. And while he may not have been directly involved in the making of this book, the fact that he hasn’t sued over it makes me think he approves.

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Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762447367
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Running Press Adult - August 14th, 2012

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
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Abrams - January 15th, 2013


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