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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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.

Reviewed by: 
Laura
The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143118190
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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
purposes.

Reviewed by: 
Oriana
Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780805063325
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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.

Reviewed by: 
Oriana
Never Cry Wolf Cover Image
$16.00
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 Whitaker presents his argument with no hint of agenda by including historical documents and first-hand accounts to connect the pieces of this puzzle.
Reviewed by: 
Louise
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307452429
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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.
Reviewed by: 
Laura
Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385342438
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 7th, 2012

The Liars' Club by Mary Karr

I loved this memoir of growing up (mostly) in Texas in quite the dysfunctional family. Mary describes her childhood with the humor and compulsion of poetic therapy but the grit and reality of sand in the mouth. Her story is compelling, especially when describing her relationship with her mother and their reversal of roles. Best for anyone delving into the biography genre!

Reviewed by: 
Tracy
The Liars' Club: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143035749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

Compass of Pleasure by David J. Linden

Why does your second drink taste better than your first? Why do drug addicts continue to partake in their risky behavior? How do fast food restaurants keep us coming back? Neuroscientist David J. Linden answers these and more questions as he explains to the reader why we enjoy the things that we enjoy.

Reviewed by: 
Cesar

La Roja by Jimmy Burns

According to Burns, it was British sailors who first brought futbol to the Spanish during the late 1800's. Small teams were formed, made up mostly of British players until the early 1900's when the Spanish themselves absorbed the sport in a way they never expected. Everything from Franco's association with Madrid to the 2010 Cup, this is an in-depth history of the sport in Spain.

Reviewed by: 
Cesar
La Roja: How Soccer Conquered Spain and How Spanish Soccer Conquered the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781568587172
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Bold Type Books - May 29th, 2012

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

What would it be like to give up everything and attempt to live off the land? Chris McCandless attempted this endeavor donating all his money to charity and cutting off communication to the world to make his way into the great white North – Alaska. Krakauer describes his devastating death with the clarity and foresight of a journalist yet with the passion of a fellow nature-lover.

Reviewed by: 
Tracy
Into the Wild Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi

Could sanity in fact be a "handicap" in times of crisis? Ghaemi combines historical evidence with current psychiatric research to arrive at an interesting conclusion: certain types of "insanity" may actually be beneficial when navigating through difficult circumstances. A provocative assertion, and a new and refreshing perspective with which to view mental illness.

Reviewed by: 
Laura
A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121336
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

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