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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

Pat Tillman was a true American hero. An All Star football player, he gave up his career to join the Army, only to be killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, a fact which the government covered up. Krakauer delves into the story, following Tillman's life as well as the actions that lead to his death, and cutting through the web of lies woven around it.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780307386045
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Published: Anchor - July 27th, 2010

Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto

Ever wonder where the word "vampire" originated? If so, look no further than page 554! This is one of those books that is useful, as well as just plain fun, because once you look up one word, you just want to keep going. This is a great book for aspiring writers, or just word nerds in general.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611450538
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Published: Arcade - April 1st, 2011

Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen

For some, the idea of a world without bees may be appealing, but the reality would be devastating. Sparked by the mysterious death of 30 billion bees in 2007, this book serves as a warning about the potential for a future with no pollinators, and therefore no agriculture. With a history of the honeybee and stories of clever beekeepers, this book is simultaneously sobering and delightful.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9781596916395
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 20th, 2009

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Every year, Great White Sharks migrate to a jagged group of rocks of the coast of San Francisco called the Farallone Islands. The islands are largely inhabited by birds and seal, but a small group of intrepid people stay on the habitable island to study the sharks. This is a fascinating look into a little known local phenomenon, as well as an engrossing insight into a mysterious local creature.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805080117
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

I love James Herriot. As a child, I aspired to be a country vet because of him. This collection recounts his first years as a small town vet, and is full of stories that are by turns heartwarming, sad, and comforting, and reveal the best, deepest nature of our animal friends. His love of life and all creatures is infectious, making this a sweet, funny, and uplifting book.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780312965785
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 15th, 1998

Yoga in Bed by Naomi Sophia Call

I'm lazy, and I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I know I need to get some exercise. So when a yoga instructor told me she loved this book, I had to give it a try, and I'm glad I did! It's a good introduction to yoga, it easily fits my schedule, and it's a great way to start the day!

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781844095315
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Findhorn Press - August 1st, 2010

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Do you need those $150 Nike running shoes to make you faster? According to the author you may be wasting your time and money. McDougall, interested in his constant foot injuries, seeks out the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico who are able to run hundreds of miles without rest for days. Follow along as the author finds inspiration from super-athletes who push their bodies to the limit.

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ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

Malcolm X holds nothing back in this engaging autobiography which is part personal philosophy, part personal narrative. With the help of Alex Haley (co-author), Malcolm X opens up about his amazing transition from a street-wise kid to one of the most influential African-Americans in history. Even if you've seen the movie (which is awesome), check out the inspiration!

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Cesar
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ISBN: 9780345350688
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 12th, 1987

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Is there anything that Bill Bryson can't write about? Bryson, who was inspired by his lack of knowledge in science, makes an impressive eattempt at his first publication focused solely on the subject. Everything from biology to astronomy is covered in this book filled with Bryson's usual clever thoughts and entertaining wit.

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Cesar
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ISBN: 9780767908184
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Published: Broadway Books - September 14th, 2004

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

Both spiritual and surprisingly practical, this guide to the Chakras offers many ways to explore them in your everyday life. Full of expansive meditations, simple exercises, and concise information, this book integrates well with any number of practices and modalities. If you've ever been interested in exploring what the Chakras mean this is the book for you!

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Erin
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ISBN: 9780875423203
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - July 8th, 1999

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