Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Condensing the whole of human history into one comprehensive and relatively concise book may sound impossible, but Jared Diamond has accomplished it. He proposes a series of questions about the development of humankind and then proceeds to answer them with detailed and educated insight. I learned about aspects of history I had never even heard of before. - Jade

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393317558
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1999

Learn more about the first American woman in space! This richly detailed biography examines Sally Ride's early life, her work in NASA, and her foundation, which inspires girls in science to dream big. It chronicles her struggles and triumphs, both personal and professional, and shows how she led her life with a quiet and unshakeable confidence. - Benay

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ISBN: 9781476725772
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 24th, 2015

With mastery and empathy, Alexander draws a line from American slavery to the Jim Crow era to modern mass incarceration. Upon finishing The New Jim Crow, you may be left feeling like the world has turned on its head, or perhaps the book will confirm and contextualize what you've already experienced. - ND

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By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

If you know stress is affecting your health then this book is for you. Romm tells you how to heal your stressed-out body using holistic nutrition, and addresses the factors behind why stress wreaks havoc on your system. Her advice is perfect and I love the little inspirational quotes that begin each chapter. - Sairsha

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The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062476340
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Published: HarperOne - January 31st, 2017

As someone who struggles with anxiety, I don't read a lot of books on it, mostly because they actually give me more anxiety! This book was different. Kat wasn't trying to "fix" me, but to let me know I wasn't alone. I appreciated her sharing her journey with us in a way that was relatable and authentic. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062369697
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 23rd, 2017

Henrietta Lacks was only 30-years-old when her cancerous cervical cells were harvested for scientific testing without her knowledge. A few months later, she was dead. Her cells are now worth billions of dollars but her family continues to live in poverty. Skloot caringly chronicles the immense impact Henrietta's cells had on the scientific world and on the lives of her descendants. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Contributing to the high levels of happiness among Danes is "hygge"-- often translated as coziness, but it is really much more than that- it's a cultural phenomenon that's catching on worldwide. Hygge is the "art of creating intimacy," the feeling you get when sipping cocoa or drinking mulled wine with friends. Get hygge with this book that is not only beautiful, but inspiring too. - Benay

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ISBN: 9780062658807
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 17th, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book that celebrates such a diverse range of creative women with such vibrancy and style. Writers, chefs, artists, designers, musicians, and others who dream of running their own creative businesses will see themselves reflected in this beautiful and powerful book. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

"PERFECT" and "AWESOME" are two words that come to mind when describing this book. I've already made half a dozen soups, including Hamhock & Potato Chowder (January 4th) and Cream of Mushroom (April 29th) and they were both delicious and easy recipes to follow. Because each day of the year has its own recipe, I've had the best time soupifying everyone's birthdays <3 - Megan

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Soup of the Day (REV Edition): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681881393
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Published: Weldon Owen - October 25th, 2016

I am obsessed with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. She tells us a unique history of San Francisco during the years when it was still a supremely weird place that the moneyed hadn't (completely) ruined yet. The valuable underground knowledge and lore it unearths and the undeniably queer spark of intelligence and self-reflection make this a vital historical document. - Louise

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ISBN: 9780872865723
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Published: City Lights Books - March 19th, 2013



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