Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Are you ready to show your art to the world? This book is for writers, painters, and candlestick makers- and any type of artist who just can’t seem to propel their career beyond the status of garage bands genius. Popular blogger and social media ninja Austin Kleon knows what it takes to be a self-promoting artist. This book inspired me to start a blog and send my work to publishers. - Jason

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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780761178972
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Published: Workman Publishing - April 15th, 2014

It's been awhile since I've laughed as hard as I did reading this. Irby's conversations with her cat are what did it for me as well as her essay on money management or rather lack there of. She is hilarious while being incredibly real about what it's like to be black and fat in this country. - Karena

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Though Claire doesn’t understand what a cult is, she knows her childhood isn’t normal. She learns meditation in school and her mother believes she can fly. Reflecting on her unusual upbringing, Claire Hoffman muses on its influence on her life and struggles to find a balance between the utopia she was conditioned to believe in, and the reality she is ultimately faced with. - Jade

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Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062338853
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

Bushido is the philosophy of the samurai, and the Hagakure is their bible. The concise collection of sayings and guidelines will teach you all the essentials of the chaste warrior: to keep your speech short, your intentions noble, and remind you to follow through with your sword strokes, lest you be embarrassed by the executed man’s head dangling comically from a shred of skin. - Aric

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Hagakure (Shambhala Pocket Classic): The Book of the Samurai (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781611801873
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Published: Shambhala - December 2nd, 2014

While many folks are familiar with symbiotic buddies like the clowfish/anemones and rhinos/oxpeckers, Gottlieb delves into the lesser known colleagues of the natural world. With gorgeous watercolor art and clean snarky language, it's one of my new favorites, both to casually browse and to buy for others. - Rachel

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Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781632171016
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Published: Sasquatch Books - May 23rd, 2017

This book does a fantastic job of covering nearly every aspect of transferring your life into a tiny home, from the cost of materials to efficient housing plans to codes and regulations on all (government) levels what should actually be in your new home. Part game-plan, part self-help, part reference book, this frames the current tiny house movement. - Ian

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Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living (Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle)) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781465462701
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Published: Alpha Books - May 9th, 2017

Grief has a powerful influence over art. When Tom Hart lost his daughter at a young age, he poured out a gorgeous attempt at healing. Rosalie struck like lightning as her name implies and the following thunder will reverberate in Hart forever. This book got me through a really tough time and opened up much needed flood gates to cry. Have tissues handy. - Ivy

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Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049940
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 12th, 2016

This is the optimistic eco-conscious treatise you are looking for. Written by a true radical thinker, and Yale educated philosopher, Eisenstein focuses mostly on the environment and what he calls a societal separation anxiety disorder, offering an alternative of interdependence between humanity and the planet. - Jason

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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (Sacred Activism) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583947241
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 5th, 2013

Get sucked in to these creepy, weird, wonderful, and strange whodunits brought together in this hidden gem of a book. If you love real-life tales that make you go "Whaaa?" then you will certainly enjoy this collection of stranger-than-fiction essays. From sociopathic serial impersonators to the hunt for the elusive giant squid, this book has something for everyone! - Megan

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

I’ve got a soft spot for stories about librarians fighting to save their libraries and this hits it for sure. One man builds a library to save centuries of Islamic manuscripts. A world famous Tuareg blues musician inspired by Al Qaeda may help to destroy them all. Can they be spirited away before the bonfire? - Dave

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

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