Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Indoor plants are trending, and for good reason. They add a sense of the outdoors, tropical living, and effortless style to any home-- all while filtering toxins out of the air. This beautifully designed guide features plenty of ideas and inspirations for styling and caring for indoor plants. - ND

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House of Plants: Living with Succulents, Air Plants and Cacti Cover Image
By Rose Ray, Caro Langton, Erika Rax (Photographer)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780711238374
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Published: Frances Lincoln - November 8th, 2016

I have all the love for this collection of essays. There are essays on the sci-fi/fantasy genre that every fan should read; just a couple examples are about the 'unlikeable women,' and remaking the hero archetype. I specifically liked "The Increasingly Poor Economics of Penning Problematic Stories" because it is something that I think about constantly when consuming media. - Karena

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The Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765386243
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Published: Tor Books - May 31st, 2016

I opened this book with apprehension and low expectations. I then proceeded to read the entire thing in one night and began de-cluttering the next day. Some of Kondo’s practices were a bit extreme for me, but I found her overall method simple to follow and easy to maintain. I recommend giving this book a shot; even if you don't think you need to. - Jade

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

A zany look at the dark and elusive world of psychopaths -- how to spot them, how we've tried to cure them, and how they've managed to infiltrate some of the most powerful positions in the world. Investigative journalist Jon Ronson adds the perfect amount of his trademark humor to an otherwise horrifying topic. By the end, you'll be giving everyone some serious side-eye. - Kelly

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

This book offers a wealth of information about the African-American female mathematicians working at NASA who went unnoticed for so long. What I found when I delved into Shetterly’s well researched and lovingly written homage to these women was a reminder that not all heroes have plaques, and sometimes it’s just about showing up demanding one more inch of dignity. - Jax

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062363602
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Published: William Morrow & Company - December 6th, 2016

The most concise array of observations about humanity that I have ever seen blended into one book of poetry. This collection is stunning; since its release in 2015, it has offered a swift kick in the gut to everyone with whom I've shared it, and an intense, immediate declaration, "this is good." Impossible to pass up; dark, beautiful and perfect, you'll reread it many times. - a.c.

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Application for Release from the Dream: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977184
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

Online marketing strategies, analytics tools, creating your own website; if any of these things scare you but you still want to make money doing what you love, then you need to read this book.  Cory Huff makes selling your art online simple and fun with examples of awesome artists who have created successful online businesses. - Sairsha

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How to Sell Your Art Online: Live a Successful Creative Life on Your Own Terms Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062414953
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Published: Harper Design - June 28th, 2016

After reviewing the history of our species in Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari returns with his accessible and intelligent voice to take readers on a journey into the next epoch of human evolution and beyond. From the role of artificial intelligence to the annihilation of death, Homo Deus offers a glimpse into humanity’s near and distant future that is both frightening and fascinating. - Aric

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

A very powerful, unforgettable book that tells the stories of North Korean defectors. Examines so many parts of life in North Korea- ideology, entertainment, love, family, famine, education, and perceptions of the West. Learn about politics, history, and human rights through the lens of fascinating, horrifying, beautiful, strange, and ultimately human stories. - Benay

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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385523912
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 21st, 2010

Want to learn how to meditate, but don’t care to learn a whole bunch of dogma? This is the ultimate secular guide to the science of meditation by neurologist and outspoken atheist Sam Harris. You will enjoy the skillful he presents a case for Buddhism, as a philosophy and a practice, but not as a religion to join. For one month, I read Waking Up at night before bed, and it calmed me to sleep every time. - Jason

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451636024
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 16th, 2015

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