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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams

For all the fixating, photographing, enlarging, clothing, and unclothing we do to that jiggly pair of fleshy bits, isn't it odd that they're the one body part that doesn't have their own medical specialist? Especially when you consider that breast milk is the number one indicator of the chemicals we ingest. This is a study of how we made such a big deal out of a simple pair of baby-feeders.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780393063189
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2012

I Brake for Yard Sales by Laura Spencer

You may recognize Laura Spencer from "Good Morning America, awesome enough—but start flipping through these pages! She is super passionate about saving money without skimping on style and offers fantastic expert advice on how to make the most of your yard-saling experience. And that's not all - there's even info on how to update and save potential treasures from the dump! – Tracy
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Tracy
I Brake for Yard Sales: and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster Cover Image
By Lara Spencer, Kathy Griffin (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781584799221
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2012

Bookshelf by Alex Johnson

With e-books on the rise, bookshelves may seem obsolete--but for booklovers like myself, there's nothing like holding a physical book in your hands that you can flip pages and hug. This is for people like you and me who need creative ways to store all of the books! Marvel at these bookshelves that are shaped like trees, or hold books upside down, or can even walk!
Reviewed by: 
Tracy
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780500516140
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Thames & Hudson - May 1st, 2012

Lemons and Lavender by Billee Sharp

Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality in life. This book is loaded with fab recipes and environmentally friendly tips for people seeking a greener and more sustainable lifestyle. It's so useful!
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Tracy
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By Billee Sharp, Anneli Rufus (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781936740109
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viva Editions - March 13th, 2012

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Some people might look at Murakami's running habits and think of him as insane. Most writers (or ordinary people) don't run sixty-two miles in one day or run the original marathon course in Greece for fun. In this book, Murakami provides insight into his training along with its interaction with his other passion, writing.

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Cesar
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

If you enjoy hiking, camping, trees, bears, granola bars, backpacking, lakes, or noodles you need to read this book. Bryson makes me want to call in sick for the next year, spending the time wandering the forest without having to worry about a schedule. Plus the writing is intelligent and hilarious. Anyone want to walk the John Muir Trail with me next month?

Reviewed by: 
Nate
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767902526
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 1999

The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch

After being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrom at age 30, Finch realizes that his social and personal difficulties are tied to the particular way his brain functions. He creates a list on instructions to himself--his "Journal of Best Practices"--as a way to become the husband, father, and person he wants to be. This compulsivly honest memoir shows the difficulties he faced, his family's frustrations, and the strengths his approach provided. His insights on his illness and on life in general are presented in a quirky, often hilarious narration.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9781439189719
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - January 3rd, 2012

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

I'm not usually a fan of "self-empowerment" books, but this one certainly has the strength of science behind it. Duhigg presents a fascinating break down of just how habits are formed and what you can do to change them. With lots of supporting materials, interesting annecdotal evidence, and a "Reader's Guide to Using These Ideas" this book can help you overcome a habit, or better understand yourself.

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Nici
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400069286
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - February 28th, 2012

Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith (audio)

Self-proclaimed "whore to hear his own voice" Kevin Smith (known formerly as Silent Bob) reads aloud his newest memoir Tough Sh*t. Not only does Smith give a riotous outline of his own life but he also gradually gives advice based on his own successful experiences. Smith has a particularly funny and poignant perspective on life. I've loved listening to this!

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Tracy
Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good Cover Image
By Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith (Read by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781611760613
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Penguin Audiobooks - March 1st, 2012

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

As someone who shares the same love, I fell easily into this all too common tale of the high-functioning alcoholic. The honesty with which Knapp writes is refreshingly undramatic. There are a lot of gritty rock-bottom memoirs out there, but Drinking manages to have the soul baring quality of a best friend’s confidence without the gut wrenching cringe factor.

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Kimberly
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780385315548
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 12th, 1997

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