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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo

Like Joey on Friends, sandwiches are definitely my favorite food. I could probably live off them alone. Some of the all-stars included in these delicious pages: the Hoagie, Cubano, Monte Cristo, French Dip, Chicken Salad, Hamburger, BLT, Denver, Falafel Pita, and SO MUCH MORE. My only advice: avoid the Doughnut Sandwich on page 78. Everything else: two thumbs up.
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By Susan Russo, Matt Armendariz (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781594744389
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Published: Quirk Books - April 5th, 2011

Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh

Put on your top hat and prepare to class it up, Ted Haigh’s insightful recipes (with surprisingly easy to obtain ingredients, despite “forgotten” in the title) will elevate your cocktails to the next level. Filled to the brim with anecdotes and vintage artwork, this awesome compendium details the history behind cocktail culture. Practical and fun--it simply can’t be missed.
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Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592535613
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Published: Quarry Books - October 1st, 2009

The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flynn

The true story of a woman who loses her job and follows her dream to learn to
cook at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Equal parts uncomfortable and exhilarating, we
feel what it’s like to discover a city, a skill and something about ourselves.
Love story, food memoir and more proof that it takes courage to really lead a

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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143114130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 2nd, 2008

Oink! My Life With Mini Pigs by Tim Whyman

Tim Whyman’s house was full of life: children, cats, chickens and a dog. Then
came the mini-pigs, adorable and tiny. Hilarious adventures unfold as Tim
struggles to balance work from home with a growing brood. I laughed out loud at
the pigs’ antics and the author’s solutions and couldn’t wait to turn the page.

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ISBN: 9781451618297
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2012

Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke

I was not already a disciple of the mindfulness movement, but I think Nancy may
have won me over. This book is full of stories, advice, and exercises to help
you prepare for child birth and a life-time of parenting. The lessons are
presented in a very positive, non-judgmental manner that allowed me to select
what was working for me and leave be those things that didn’t.

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ISBN: 9780061963957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - July 10th, 2012

How To Live by Derrick Clark

Local psychotherapist Derrick Clark has written a gem of a book. It's not too
lengthy, it's not too complicated, and it's not too preachy. It's just a very
simple guide to building up your self-esteem and treating your own self with
compassion and respect. I could see using it alongside other therapy or just
putting it in your pocket to reflect on in appropriate moments.

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ISBN: 9780615236117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Derrick J. Clark - August 1st, 2008

Rookie: Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson

Andrea's three magic lamp wishes:

1) I wish I were 15 again. 2) I wish Tavi Gevinson were my best friend. 3) I wish everyone would read Rookie magazine for down-to-earth, effortlessly cool, do-your-thang-gurl tips on fashion and life. In lieu of that, pick up Rookie: Yearbook One for a holdable, huggable version of this spectacular style resource.

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ISBN: 9781770461123
Availability: Backordered
Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 4th, 2012

Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos

If you’re a photography nut, like me, this book is a must have, documenting the
rise and fall of Polaroid, one of the most beloved camera companies in the
world. With amazing stories, interviews, and of course photographs, this book
is a historical and visual treat!

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ISBN: 9781616890858
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 26th, 2012

The Burning House by Foster Huntington

What first started out as a conversation about questions on dating sites,
blossomed into a website that went viral, which then led to this stunning and
powerful book. Featuring people from the around the world, it is filled with
stunning photographs of the treasured items they would take with them if their
house were on fire.

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ISBN: 9780062123480
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Published: It Books - July 10th, 2012

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua

For anyone interested in growing up in China under Mao Zedong, China's exploding
economy, or the trajectory of modern China, this is the book for you. Hua's ten
essays are each based on different words relevant to Chinese culture. Hua shares
personal stories as well as political ones, and his essays are as hilarious as
they are insightful. A great read!

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By Yu Hua, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780307739797
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Published: Anchor - August 21st, 2012


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