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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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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ISBN: 9780307739797
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Anchor - August 21st, 2012

Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade

As a "non-believer," I'm always looking for new ways in which to think about or
explain the phenomenon that is FAITH. While Wade's perspective, that we are
essentially genetically programmed to embrace religion, may in some ways raise
more questions than it answers, he adds another voice to what I consider to be
an extremely important discourse.

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ISBN: 9780143118190
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010

Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson

Follow this make-believe sex advice columnist as she answer’s questions like:
“I’m a stick insect and I’m embarrassed to say I’m writing to you while
copulating, as my mate and I have been at it for ten weeks. When will this
madness end?” In the guise of sassy responses, Olivia Judson teaches us about
the nitty- gritty bizarre sexual habits of a variety of creatures, and their

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ISBN: 9780805063325
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 1st, 2003

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

Originally described to me as the book that birthed modern conservationism, this true account of Mowat’s time living amongst arctic wolves in northern Canada reads as much like a novel as it does a field guide. Sent by the Canadian government as part of their attempts to eradicate the wolf population, Mowat discovers through his cohabitation that it’s not the wolves that are dangerous.

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ISBN: 9780316881791
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 13th, 2001

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker

George Polk Award winner Robert Whitaker reveals an alarming account of how the American mental health care paradigm has failed to keep those with debilitating diseases from living longer, happier lives. Whitaker presents his argument with no hint of agenda by including historical documents and first-hand accounts to connect the pieces of this puzzle.
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ISBN: 9780307452429
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Broadway Books - August 2nd, 2011

Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum

Nuzum's dark history will instantly draw you in, making you eager to discover how he finally did "give up" his ghost. His story may, at turns, overcome you with nostalgia, inspire fear, or elicit overwhelming longing. But by the end, you'll feel the unique satisfaction of finishing a beautiful book...and coming to the end of a fantastic journey.
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Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385342438
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 7th, 2012


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