Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

This book simply fills me with joy. Turn to any random page and Munroe has taken a completely unlikely scenario and demonstrated just what the scientific consequences and possibilities would be if it were real. With simple illustrations and easy-to-follow explanations, you can expand your scientific knowledge and imagination at the same time. - Jocelyn

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

This book provides a comprehensive deconstruction of digital privacy. Broken down into small vignettes that highlight either a historical or digital obfuscation, Finn & Nissenbaum offer an interesting guide for privacy in the 21st century. An excellent nightstand book, this is a vital tool for understanding just how the State can intrude upon our individual freedoms. - Gabe

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Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780262529860
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Published: Mit Press - September 2nd, 2016

A 2010 research dive into six companies that have been alternatively held darling or spurned by CSR hawks. Hawthorne’s work reveals so much about how we oversimplify corporate ethics. Are responsibly sourced yet prohibitively priced items moral? Do organizations with good benefits get a pass for anti-union sentiment? A fun overview to read years later. - a.c.

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Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807000601
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Beacon Press - March 19th, 2013

A nostalgic look back, this book showcases some of the show’s most memorable moments and reveals behind-the-scenes secrets that you didn’t know you needed to hear. If you miss seeing Jon Stewart’s charming smirk on your television every evening, then this book is for you! - Jade

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The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests Cover Image
By Jon Stewart (Foreword by), Chris Smith
$18.99
ISBN: 9781455565368
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Berkowitz approaches issues of gender, race, and sexuality through the lens of law and reveals the underpinnings of America’s perspective on sex, social welfare, marriage, immigration, and more. Berkowitz’s writing on the policing of single motherhood, the American eugenics movement, and the social capital of the phrase “welfare queen” is particularly relevant. - Clara

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The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex and Changing Identities Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781619027466
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2016

This is a fantastic read. As a relative newcomer to superhero comics, it was really fascinating to read about the backgrounds of iconic female superheroes and the non-super characters like Lois Lane. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand what we’re talking about when we ask for better female representation in comics. - Karena

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The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935259336
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Published: Exterminating Angel Press - October 11th, 2016

A joyfully illustrated guide to creating a “house jungle.” The perfect housewarming gift for serial plant killers and bright-eyed beginners, or just to inspire yourself. This book would look perfect on a shelf between houseplants, where it’d provide continuous motivation to keep your new plants happy. - Natalie

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House Jungle: Turn Your Home Into a Plant-Filled Paradise! Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781612129440
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Published: Storey Publishing - August 8th, 2017

This book is hard to categorize, but so lovely and fun for the literary/history nerd. We’ll never know much about Shakespeare’s life, so Shapiro instead focuses on the events we know occurred during one of his most prolific years. Showing how those events likely influenced the content of Shakespeare’s plays opens up a whole new way of thinking about art and history. - Jocelyn

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 (P.S.) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060088743
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2006

Chernow does an outstanding job of breathing life into every significant person who crossed Grant’s path, and each character and situation is rendered in superb detail. Chernow brings compassion, humor, and honesty to Grant’s story and sheds new light on the General’s life and times. This is a must read for any American history buff! - Stuart

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Grant Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

After loss, it is normal to search for meaning and solace. Love is Love is a beautiful response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Many artists come together to bring hope back into a world which appeared bleak in the wake of such violence. All artwork was donated by the artists and writers. Proceeds from each sale go to benefit the victims and their families. - Ivy

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Love Is Love Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781631409394
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Published: IDW Publishing - January 10th, 2017

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