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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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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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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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ISBN: 9780345350688
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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ISBN: 9780767908184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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ISBN: 9780875423203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Llewellyn Publications - July 8th, 1999

What’s Wrong with My Plant? by Deardorff and Wadsworth

I don’t do so well with plants, so I was delighted to find this book. It outlines common ailments in a clear, straightforward way, with plenty of helpful color drawings for easy identification. It also provides simple solutions for almost every problem you can encounter. With this book, even the most inept gardener (like myself) can keep a plant alive!

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Hitchens Vs. Blair: The Munk Debates by Christopher Hitchens

The world lost a powerful and important voice with Hitchens’ passing. In 2010, shortly after his diagnosis with esophageal cancer, Hitchens went toe-to-toe with Tony Blair to debate the role of religion in the world. This is a truly electrifying debate that has now been printed for your reading and referencing pleasure. A perfect companion to Hitchen’s other indispensible books.

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ISBN: 9781770890084
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Published: House of Anansi Press - March 15th, 2011

Unpacking My Library by Leah Price

I am the kind of person who pauses the movie when bookshelves appear in the background, so I can identify familiar titles. It’s fun! You should try it. So naturally I immediately adored this book, which features beautiful photographs of the bookshelves of famous writers, accompanied by interviews about how they collect and curate their books. A must-own for bookshelf aficionados.

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By Leah Price (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300170924
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yale University Press - November 29th, 2011

Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Anouchka Grose

Around this time of year we often find ourselves asking this exact question…why love? Whether single, attached, happy, or miserable—navigating the treacherous world of romance is an fundamental human experience. Grose blends her knowledge as a psychotherapist with wisdom from philosophy, poetry, science, and even pop culture to create a straightforward guide to love.

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ISBN: 9781935639008
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Published: Tin House Books - January 1st, 2011

Behind the Palace Doors by Michael Farquhar

Michael Farquhar delivers what his title promises, and more. Filled with the kind of gossip that drives sales of Us and People, on the people you were bored by in history class, Behind the Palace Doors also offers an analysis of the historical and psychological ramifications of royalty, both in the past and today. A fun read and fascinating study.

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ISBN: 9780812979046
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2011


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