Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

There are no lies to be found in this book about cat ownership. From dumping water to dumping dumps, Cook captures the feline attitude with adorable drawings of angry kitties full of entitlement. Even better, each page is a postcard, making it even easier to share these shenanigans with others! —Rachel
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Abcde-F-You: The ABC's of Cat Ownership Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454917205
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Published: Sterling - September 15th, 2015

A great book for beginners and advanced snake people alike, Snake balances essential information with vibrant photographs. Ranging from the friendly critters you’d find at your local pet shop to highly venomous serpents whose snoots you shouldn’t boop, Snake is a wonderful addition to any library. —Rachel
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Snake Cover Image
ISBN: 9781465443793
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - March 15th, 2016

Along with Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happyi, this is the book I hand people whenever depression is brought up. Brosh captures the relentless apathy and coping humor so accurately in this graphic memoir, and paints it in such a way to make it accessible and hilarious for everyone. —Rachel
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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

More than just a look at an amazing man’s life and accomplishments, this book traces the rise of modern surgery and the integral role he played in it. Dr. Mutter created or worked on so many practices still used today, and yet is better known for his collection of medical oddities (if at all). To be fair, it’s a pretty badass collection of weird stuff.  —Rachel

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Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592409259
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 8th, 2015

This raw memoir resonated with my personal histories of juvenile delinquency, agitated family relations, and interpersonal relationships. From a scarred little girl to a rebellious young woman, and finishing with a strong and clear understanding of the woman she became, Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir brings a story of hope and perseverance. —Kate
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The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Memorial Hospital became known as the hospital that euthanized patients during the flood. The truth, however, is infinitely more complicated than that, and in this brilliant, completely engrossing book, Sheri Fink tells the whole story from every angle she can. This book sucked me in, didn’t let go, and left me stunned. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  —Flannery

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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718976
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Published: Broadway Books - January 26th, 2016

I’m a sucker for delicious cocktails with ridiculous names, and this one definitely has both in spades. The cocktails themselves are all delicious, with a good mix of simple recipes, like the You’ve Got Ale and some a bit more fancy like the Some Spike it Hot. There’s also recipes for food (Silence of the Lamb Burgers, yum!), as well as a super helpful index. Enjoy!  —Jax

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Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762458608
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - October 27th, 2015

One of my favorite bits on Bob’s Burgers is the pun-tastic Burger of the Day. A fan of puns (and burgers) it kills me every time. Clearly, I’m not alone, because Cole Boden made every Burger of the Day on his blog, and with the help of writer Lauren Bouchard, collected the best, tastiest, puniest of them all in this awesome cookbook. It’s awesome. —Flannery
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The Bob's Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780789331144
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Published: Universe Publishing(NY) - March 22nd, 2016

Dr. Paul Farmer sleeps about two hours a night. At Harvard, he finished in the top of his class though barely attended—already in Haiti, providing medical services in the horrific poverty from which he could not look away. Mountains Beyond Mountains mesmerizingly conveys Farmer’s obsessive altruism and his unrelenting mission to strike out not only disease, but all the world’s ambivalence about inequality. —Julia
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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980554
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Published: Random House Trade - August 25th, 2009

Kate Tempest writes not with the beat of the heart, but with the force of the tide, the world’s pulse, pulling you inexorably in and out as the dirt and breath and sex of the everyday is revealed to also be the mythic. Starting from the Greek story of Tiresias, the blind prophet once woman, now man, Tempest’s poetry is beautiful, rude, legendary, and immediate, exploring what it means to be human in this world. —Jocelyn
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Hold Your Own Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632862051
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 10th, 2015



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