Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Although just an afterthought for many, birds are smarter, and more creative and social than most people realize. From the cunning corvids to the thieving jays, the world of birds is as nuanced and interesting as any created by primates. This book may cause you to look up and around and, for the first time, see birds for the complicated creatures that they really are. - Aric

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The Genius of Birds Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

I am drawn to works written in ancient days whether they are mythological, religious, fiction, or factual. The Sagas of the Icelanders is a little bit of all these, and contains tales of trial and tragedy that many people have never heard of. Although a tome, those with patience and an adventurous spirit will enjoy these Sagas from the first page to the last. - Aric

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The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (World of the Sagas) Cover Image
By Various, Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellogg (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780141000039
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2001

The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created an edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes, this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly

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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101870945
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 14th, 2017

Much like Hannibal himself, this book punches far above its weight class. Although stripped for brevity, it hits with the impact of a tome two or three times its size. Hunt deftly tells the story, both personal and public, of one of the world’s greatest generals. - Ian

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Hannibal Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781439102176
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

As cannabis legalization advances in California, regular aficionados will need to decide whether they want to go the commercialized route or try going DIY, which allows you to avoid pesticides while saving money and experimenting with your favorite strains. This well designed book is the best introductory guide I’ve seen for the casual backyard grower. - Natalie

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Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781941040584
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Published: Tin House Books - September 26th, 2017

This cookbook met my criteria: vegetarian, worldly, and somewhere in between easy and experimental. All the recipes I’ve tried so far, including salads, entrees, and drinks, have been remarkably simple and delicious. - Natalie

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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Love fashion but feel guilty about contributing to dye-polluted rivers and sweatshop labor? This book is a cute and concise guide to conscious fashion—how and when to buy, how to properly care for clothing, and ideas for renting, swapping, recycling. It’s your pathway to out of the fast fashion trap that values quantity over quality. - Natalie

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Dress [With] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500292778
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 11th, 2017

Growing up an introvert in a society that favors extroversion, I’ve always felt like a bit of a freak. Reading Quiet changed my life. Cain shows us that our current society undervalues introverts, and that it hasn’t always been this way. She helps us imagine a world where introverts are properly understood and offers invaluable advice for introverts and extroverts alike! - Natalie

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

We all know Cheryl Strayed as the author of Wild, but she is also an advice columnist and host of the “radically empathetic” podcast Dear Sugar. In these selections from her column, she expresses her advice beautifully, interspersing personal stories with poetic yet practical advice. In every response to her readers, her uncommon compassion shines through. Strayed is my empath hero. - Natalie

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

When mystery author Douglas Preston was offered the opportunity to explore one of the few places on earth still untouched by modern society, he seized it with gusto. Accompanying a team of scientists, Preston helicoptered into the Honduran jungle. There, he encountered snakes, ancient ruins, and a flesh-eating illness. - Jade

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

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