2013 Staff Nonfiction Favorites

Ann Patchett’s collection of essays chronicles her life as a writer, wife, friend, daughter, dog lover and bookseller. Although not every experience matched my own, each essay made me take a moment to recognize the common sense of humanity written in the pages. It is a book that you can come back to, year after year, when you need a little dose of Ann’s wit and honesty in your life.
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Casey
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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062236678
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Published: Harper - November 5th, 2013

Ever needed to explain a complex feeling and wished that there was a word for it? In German, those words are possible, and Ben Schott has created some, such as wintersturmwonnemondwende, the delight at the changing of the seasons. This is the perfect gift for the word nerd in your life!
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Flannery
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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399166709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

Cahalan was a promising young reporter when she woke up one morning and began going insane. She and her family believed there was an underlying medical issue, but doctors weren’t convinced. Both a terrifying medical mystery and a moving portrait of one family’s dedication, this is a powerful, completely engrossing memoir. Not for hypochondriacs!
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Flannery
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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451621389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

You might not realize how much you're missing in the night sky until you go somewhere that is truly dark. In the US, 3/4 of the population live in places so brightly lit, their eyes never switch to night vision. Paul Bogard's The End of Night is a fascinating book that blends science and nature writing, memoir and travelogue. If you care at all about the stars, this is the book for you.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316182904
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - July 9th, 2013

All of the greats of French-American cuisine—Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, James Beard, Simone Beck, Elizabeth David, & more—have an impromptu meeting (and clashing) of the minds in the quiet, serene Provence of Southern France one winter, stumbling onto the cusp of a new era in food evolution. Filled with recipes & notes from that era, it’s easy to follow if you haven't read much food writing, and totally entertaining!
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Mikaela
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Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307718341
Availability: Special Order
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 22nd, 2013

Expert and realistic advice on how to make online sales serve your needs. With lots of case studies and platform reviews, this book will instruct and inspire. Whether you're a hobby seller looking to support a creative addiction or someone who is ready to start a full-time business, this book will guide the way.
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Nici
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The Everything Guide to Selling Arts & Crafts Online: How to Sell on Etsy, Ebay, Your Storefront, and Everywhere Else Online Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781440559198
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Published: Adams Media Corporation - September 18th, 2013

You could sum up this book by one of its best chapter titles: "Some days it's OK to just knit dishrags." A compendium of heartbreaking and uplifting short essays on knitting by some great writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Sue Grafton, this book had me laughing out loud and feeling utterly lost and found at the same time.
Well worth the read!

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Mikaela
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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting Cover Image
By Ann Hood (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393239492
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 11th, 2013

This is my favorite cookbook of the year. Pictures, art, tips on table settings, and of course, delicious, close-to-the-heart food; this cookbook could not be more of a complete package. Split into sections that each reveal a new place/person/people (each section more delicious than the last), this cookbook is a testament to what makes everyone want to cook in the first place: each other.

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Mikaela
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The Kinfolk Table Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655327
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 15th, 2013

Richard Pryor’s particularly troubled genius is chronicled in this wonderful biography from singer/songwriter Joe Henry and his brother David Henry. Pryor was an incredible comedian, addressing issues no one else was willing to touch and reinventing what stand-up meant. The Henrys include personal and historical background to set the scene before delving into the hot mess that was Pryor’s life and the legacy of social change he left behind. “Part memoir, part biography, part poem, part history, part ballad, Furious Cool manages to sing a wakesong for an incredible American.” —Colum McCann

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Nici
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Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616200787
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - November 5th, 2013

Hyperbole and a Half, the greatest blog ever, finally has a book, filled with old and new essays, each brilliantly illustrated with MS Paint and all guaranteed to make you howl with laughter. Whether struggling to decide whether her dog is mentally challenged, or tackling the issues of identity and self-worth that many of us struggle with, Allie is hilarious. This book made me laugh until I cried, repeatedly. I love it so, so much.

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Flannery
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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

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