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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

The Beginning Runner’s Handbook by Ian MacNeill

There are so many reasons to start running, but saying that it’s easy really isn’t one of them. Sure, all you need is a good pair of shoes and a solid surface…but if you are just starting out—stepping out the door can be the hardest part. The basis of this book is a generous 13-week plan, which is a fabulous way to physically ease your body to running. The rest is pure mental motivation.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
The Beginning Runner's Handbook: The Proven 13-Week Runwalk Program Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553658603
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Published: Greystone Books - March 27th, 2012

Big Sex, Little Death by Susie Bright

Susie Bright has the kind of life that memoirs were invented for—and finally she has written one! Chock full of “did-that-really-happen” moments and the fiercely intelligent and empathetic insight that she is known for, Big Sex Little Death is not to be skipped. Perfect for book group or class discussions

Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781580053938
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Seal Press - April 24th, 2012

The Elements of Style by Strunk & White, illustrated by Maira Kalman

Even though some of these rules are largely ignored in modern American English, this is a valuable guide to avoiding common mistakes. It covers the basics - "your tool" / "you're a tool!" - before moving on to more general refinements of style. My favorite bit of advice: "Do not dress words up by adding -ly to them, as though putting a hat on a horse."

Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143112723
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

The Science of Yoga by William Broad

Broad conducts a demythologizing look into a practice often portrayed as a magical cure-all. Part of Broad’s study is to examine the history of yoga, from its sacred ancient Indian origins to the largely commercialized, secular variations of modern times. A fascinating account for beginners and experts who want to really understand the physical effects of this spiritual art.

Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781451641424
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 7th, 2012

Cables & Arans: 250 Stitches to Knit by Interweave Press

Covering basic to complicated stitches, this Harmony Guide to cables is one of my all-time most used knitting references. Cabled stitches may look complicated and scary, but realistically are not that difficult! With this Harmony Guide's super easy to follow stitch charts by your side, you'll be able to add warmth and texture to any piece--and not to mention impress all your friends.

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By Erika Knight (Editor)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781596680586
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Published: Interweave Press - October 1st, 2007

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
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307386045
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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
Availability: Out of Print
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
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805080117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780312965785
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 15th, 1998

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