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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

The Forking Trolley by James M. Russell

Are you a fan of the popular sitcom The Good Place?  Would you like to dig a bit deeper into the ethical dilemmas explored on the show? If so, this book is for you! Russell uses traditional and modern thought experiments to provide a concise, illuminating tour of the main issues humans face when trying to "do the right thing". This is a great introduction to Ethical Philosophy. - Trey

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The Forking Trolley: An Ethical Journey to The Good Place Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781786750792
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Published: Palazzo Editions - May 4th, 2019

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

As a lifelong introvert, this book made me snort-laugh whilst giving me cause for self-reflection. It also made me feel goodwill towards my fellow humans, a miracle for someone who sees strangers primarily as potential sources of anguish and irritation. Dare I say my heart grew a size or two, in true Grinch fashion? A warm, funny read for anyone feeling disconnected. - Ilana

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Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449499235
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 28th, 2019

The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner

Get ready to have your mind blown, because everything you “know” about food and dieting is a big ole LIE. Dooner lays out the history of diet culture, the physical, mental, & emotional effects of dieting, and how to heal from disordered eating. Heal your body. Heal your relationship with food. Eat. Rest. This book is life changing, potentially lifesaving, so f*ck it! - J

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062883612
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Published: Harper Wave - March 26th, 2019

The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris

This book is a hoot and a half. Not all superheroes make it to the big screen and win the day; some of them fade into obscurity for a reason. Collected here is a selection of comic book history's worst (best?) goofs. Meet Bee Man, the Clown, the Eye, Lady Satan, Kangaroo Man, and more. - J

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The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781594747632
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Published: Quirk Books - June 2nd, 2015

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

You’ll want to read this one just for the extravagantly gothic yet entrancingly informative example sentences. This on the past participle: You won’t get far in those corrugated pantaloons, sire. And: Sylvia wantonly splits infinitives, often with unheard-of verbs. This beautiful book is so much fun that you’ll learn some grammar despite yourself. - Dave

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The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780679418603
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Published: Pantheon - August 10th, 1993

Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Haupt deftly interweaves biography, science, music theory, and memoir in this fascinating look at a footnote in music history: Mozart’s pet starling. Previous knowledge of Mozart or love for starlings is not required. Though starlings are often considered the villains of the bird world, Haupt’s compassionate portrait reveals them as the extraordinary creatures that they are. - Katherine

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316370905
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 15th, 2018

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Through the years, Neil Gaiman has written on so many subjects, from books to politics to music. This book is worth the price of admission if only for his perspective on genre writing. Collecting these writings together provides a masterclass in how to write non-fiction: widely and often. - Ivy

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062262271
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 16th, 2017

A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis

Theoharis established herself as the writer of the long civil rights era (extending our views of the historical forces and outcomes of the civil rights movement beyond the small window of the 1960s). In this book she explores how the legacy of civil rights has been reshaped, used, and invoked to paint a fuller picture of national identity and where the struggle for equality is headed. - Clara

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A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807063484
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Published: Beacon Press - February 12th, 2019

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls ed. by Hope Nicholson

Having backed the original Kickstarter for this book, I was thrilled to hear it was being released by Dark Horse. It's full of stories of joy and heartbreak and fandom and the intersection of the 3. Growing up as a geek girl is hard, it's good to hear stories from people who experienced life and love as a geek AND a girl. - J

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781506700991
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Published: Dark Horse Books - October 18th, 2016

The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

Skaife, a yeoman warder, describes himself as being ornithivorous in relation to his job, inhaling all that there is about ravens, no matter the area of study (science, mythology, art, etc.). And while he covers some of those topics in this book, it’s his personal stories that kept me reading late into the night. Skaife’s voice feels like you’re just swapping stories over a pint with a friend. - Rachel

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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374113346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

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