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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

High Line by Joshua David & Robert Hammond

When I first started flipping through this book I seriously began to cry. It's a park in the sky! My inner-kid's dream comes true. This is the most amazing innovative, creative and inspirational urban reclamation projects in memory. This model for an ecologically sound public space has a great backstory, too, filled with impossible odds and unlikely heroes.

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ISBN: 9780374532994
Availability: Backordered
Published: FSG Originals - October 11th, 2011

Glock by Paul M. Barrett

The closest I’ve ever been to a gun is watching CSI, but I still found this to be an engrossing, entertaining read. Barrett adopts an approachable narrative style to detail the history of this iconic gun, from its invention by a curtain rod maker to its rise as a symbol of rap status, spy badassery, and utterly American coolness.

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ISBN: 9780307719935
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown - January 10th, 2012

Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh

What a hard-core story! I can't imagine growing up with such violent and brutal expectations placed on you by the man who is supposed to care for you and protect you. The struggles with his abusive father are just heart-breaking but his spirit and his determination are amazing and the book provides a fascinating look inside the Romany Gypsy world.

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ISBN: 9780312622084
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - February 14th, 2012

A Feast of Ice and Fire

For all my kings, queens, and Dothraki horselords: this cookbook is sure to delight and satisfy! With everything from Bowls o' Brown to Cream Swans, you will be able to present a medieval feast fit for the King of the North. Each recipe has both a medieval and a modern version to double the fun.

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ISBN: 9780345534491
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Published: Bantam - May 29th, 2012

Beard by Matthew Rainwaters

This slim volume is a photographic compilation of epic bearded proportions--men across the country who are proud to rock a face full of hair. Categories include: the best natural full beard, muttonchops, Hungarian/wild west beard, imperial moustache, and Alaskan whaler beard. I'm surprised Santa Cruz didn't make it into Rainwater's beard odyssey.

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ISBN: 9781452101651
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 5th, 2011

New Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson

This exciting book provokes oohs and aahs galore! Nelson reveals architectural wonders not only in the United States where treehouses are proliferating rapidly, but also in the forests of Brazil, Bali, Costa Rica, and Japan, among others. Be inspired by the Free Spirit Spheres in Canada (pg 26), or learn about the Secret Garden Treehouse in Seattle.

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ISBN: 9780810996328
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 1st, 2009

Houses DesignSource from Around the World

This compact book is filled cover-to-cover with photographs of houses that make a myriad of choice design solutions that may inspire you to create or enhance your daily environment. It happily includes layouts, architectural details, and the factors that impact the homes such as location, climate and space. My favorites are the waterside homes beginning on page 78.

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ISBN: 9780061374708
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harper Design - August 11th, 2009

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

The abundance of options we face in all aspects of life may have significant negative consequences, including decreased satisfaction with the choices we do eventually make. Our culture may equate more choice with greater freedom, but do we really benefit from having to constantly navigate an endless sea of possibilities, just to do something as simple as buy toothpaste?

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ISBN: 9780060005696
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 1st, 2005


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