Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

While there are definitely many examples of the joy of travel to be found here, there are also occasions of suffering and confusion. From the harsh reality of encountering Syrian refugees whilst on vacation in the Greek isles, to the isolation of not knowing the language in a foreign country, the raw experiences shared here are brave and important and make for a truly inspiring read. - Jade

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The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11: True Stories from Around the World Cover Image
By Lavinia Spalding (Editor)
ISBN: 9781609521110
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 16th, 2017

The summer of 1927 was particularly momentous for America. Major milestones were reached in aviation, baseball, automobiles, and entertainment. Bryson narrates these achievements with his trademark charm and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s quick to point out that while great triumphs were had, many heroes of the era were deeply flawed. - Jade

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One Summer: America, 1927 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor Books - June 3rd, 2014

When Christopher Knight was captured from Maine wilderness in 2013, he hadn’t uttered a word in 27 years. Knight was detained for theft, and Finkel was slowly able to establish a written correspondence with the hermit. Their tenuous friendship led the author to examine loneliness, isolation, and how large a role companionship plays in making us human. - Jade

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

On the eve of September 9th, 1900, a category 4 hurricane smashed into the town of Galveston, Texas, destroying it completely. Larson pieces together survivors’ accounts and historical records to create an exciting and suspenseful narrative. The similarities between this storm and hurricane Harvey have me pause, and reminded me of how often we allow history to repeat itself. - Jade

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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage Books USA - July 11th, 2000

When the author moves his family to Salem, MA for the month of October in order to research and explore the town’s dark history and its current culture, he finds a place unlike any other. Ocker has a playful approach to the subject (think Bill Bryson), and this book is a fun, lighted hearted look at a not so fun or light hearted period in our country’s history. - Jade

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A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781581573398
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Published: Countryman Press - October 4th, 2016

If you value hard work and enjoy new insight into humanity, read this memoir! With an easy style, Murphy is an indulgent and intelligent storyteller who makes me laugh, puzzle, and question. He’s whip-smart, and fun—a necessary, distinctive voice on the foibles of modern America. - a.c.

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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

Badass and gripping, this memoir feels like the most honest conversation you’ve ever had with a best friend about the important topics of your lives. Captivating whether you know Union or not, I want to hand this to every feminist with a reading list. Union’s transparency, intensity, and grace merit both awe and a prodigious red wine toast. - a.c.

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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062693983
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 17th, 2017

I have to confess that I have not seen anything Gabourey has been in. However, her story intrigued me. She is a hilarious writer who speaks from her heart. This isn’t just a celebrity memoir, it’s about body image, race, feminism, and being famous in America when you don’t fit the widely accepted norm. I highly recommend! - Karena

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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544786769
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 1st, 2017

I'm 25, frugal, and I generally can't distinguish much about a wine beyond whether it's red or white, but Bianca Bosker really drew me in to the wine world with her funny, straightforward approach. Follow her journey from civilian to sommelier as she tries to discern what makes a good wine, and why. - Jade

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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

A customer recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did! Horwitz and his wisecracking, alcoholic friend follow the same course as the legendary sailor Captain James Cook. Horwitz’s journey helps him strike a balance between admiration for Cook’s achievements, and an acknowledgement of the irreversible catastrophes he unintentionally wrought on the native cultures he encountered whilst circumnavigating the globe. - Jade

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312422608
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Published: Picador USA - August 1st, 2003



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