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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles, both new and old. New reviews added quarterly, matching our in-store display.

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!
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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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By Billee Sharp, Anneli Rufus (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781936740109
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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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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?

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ISBN: 9780767902526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - 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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ISBN: 9781439189719
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400069286
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But 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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By Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith (Read by)
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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ISBN: 9780385315548
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 12th, 1997

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.

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ISBN: 9781553658603
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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

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ISBN: 9781580053938
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Seal Press - April 24th, 2012


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