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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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
$18.00
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
The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka,  Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143120759
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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

Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky

It can be hard to know where to start with Chomsky. I mean, seriously, how many books can a guy write? But fear not! Profit Over People is my official selection for the Chomsky-curious. Slim, straight-forward, and brimming with his trademark intellectual-teddy-bear-ness, this book should be on every radical's shelf, fledgling or otherwise.

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Bucket
Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order Cover Image
$23.69
ISBN: 9781888363821
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Seven Stories Press - December 8th, 1998

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

Don't be fooled by the god-awful cover! This is journalism at its most astute. Orenstein casts a keen and humorous light on the disturbing new "princess" culture. Think pink is an innate obsession for tiny females? You might be interested to learn how much the Disney Corporation comes into play. Ew.

Reviewed by: 
Bucket
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061711534
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 31st, 2012

Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer

I'm convinced that everything by or about Paul Farmer should be read. One of my personal heroes in the world of social justice, the comprehensiveness with which he discusses the tragedy in Haiti is fantastic- he provides not only a historical context but also includes intimate reports from survivors and relief workers. The result is educational, awe-inspiring, touching, and simply a must-read.

Reviewed by: 
Laura
Haiti After the Earthquake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781610390989
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: PublicAffairs - July 10th, 2012

Science Ink by Carl Zimmer

Not only was this beautiful volume compiled by one of the best contemporary science writers, it also includes a foreword by the always-entertaining Mary Roach, who elucidates why those so enamored with science, are compelled to mark themselves permanently with the objects of their obsessions. Gorgeous photos that will excite and inspire fans of body art and biology alike.

Reviewed by: 
Laura
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed Cover Image
By Carl Zimmer, Mary Roach (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781402783609
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sterling - November 1st, 2011

The Fear by Peter Godwin

After reading Goodwin’s other book When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, I was instantly obsessed with the history and politics of Zimbabwe, a country too often ignored or forgotten in the mainstream news. Godwin's journalistic experience combines with his personal connection to the region to allow him to write with a tender eloquence that is both touching and informative.

Reviewed by: 
Laura
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316051873
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 12th, 2011

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