General Nonfiction

Easily comparable to Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, this book provides a simple set of life tools that shine with genuine charm and a sense of care. Fox gives such good counsel because by now he keeps his priorities and perspective clearly in order, as underscored by his first and last sentence: “When we experience joy in our lives, what else do we really need?”

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Amber
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590791424
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Published: Select Books (NY) - January 21st, 2014

This was a pleasant surprise, a rich collection of funny anecdotes and unbelievably-true accounts of the actors' experiences behind the scenes of The Princess Bride. From the personal history of Andre the Giant and his off-screen antics, to the main actor's attempts to hide a broken foot on set, these stories will have you running back to the movie to spot those hidden gems.

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Sara
By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden (With), Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476764023
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 14th, 2014

There is something about this British memoir that would not let me put it down—there is grit, honesty, and laugh-out-loud wit—I think it’s the wit that makes this book stay dear.  Andy Miller had always been a book lover, until life got busy and while he found himself talking about literature with the same enthusiasm, he realized that in his recent years he had actually only read one book all the way through.  And so, at the turn of his 40th birthday, he made a deal with himself that he would read 50 books, actually read them, give them time, and discussion, and thought, and when he did, Andy had an entirely new filter in which he viewed his life. This book is Andy's inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult, and everything in between. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, he embarks on a literary odyssey. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, this is a heartfelt, humorous, and honest examination of what it means to be a reader, and the soul-searching that comes when we take in others narratives in order to examine our own.

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S.M.C.
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061446184
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 9th, 2014

When I was younger I struggled with the f-word; I wish I had had this book to guide the way. Roxanne Gay is both provoking and soothing--making you think a little harder about the state of the world and letting you know that it's ok to embrace your passions--even if they involve the color pink. This collection is honest while being pointed; it is fresh while being familiar.

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Nici
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

Reading The Disaster Artist is like witnessing the strange, improbable birth of something that should never exist, yet does. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, actor Sestero tells the story of eccentric and lonely director Tommy Wiseau’s film debacle turned cult-phenomenon in a bizarrely human story about the complexity of our relationships. 

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Dillon
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476730400
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

Thoughtful, truthful, and wry, Rebecca Solnit's essays are the kind that make enjoy nonfiction, a rare occasion for me. This collection spans a vast number of subjects and settings: the west coast's dwindling water supply, California's punk scene in the 70s, flora and ruins in the Arctic circle. Each essay is a little dark jewel that will open your eyes to something strange and new. 

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Andrea
$25.95
ISBN: 9781595341983
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 28th, 2014

This book hit me hard. Solnit’s fierce, impassioned essays make me want to be a stronger person. Their fact-littered, precisely worded sentences make me angry and inspired. They make me want to be stand up and scream for equality. Everyone should read it, and as this new edition contains two new essays and is reasonably priced, now’s the time. It’s worth it.

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Flannery
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608464968
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Published: Haymarket Books - November 11th, 2014

I love the “By The Book” section of the New York Times Book Review because the casual interview format provides authors a forum in which to reveal quirky and often surprising things about themselves (e.g., David Sedaris used to do most of his reading at IHOP; of all the characters in Shakespeare, Ian McEwan would like to be Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream). And now I can read the best of these in one book.
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Rico
By Pamela Paul (Editor), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Scott Turow (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627791458
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 28th, 2014

I’m a bit jealous that I haven’t gotten to be one of Lynda Barry’s students, but this book/syllabus/work of genius is the next best thing. It’s like having one of your favorite authors/artists/teachers look right at you and beam down the light of creativity into your soul. The handwritten, fully illustrated syllabus instructs students on which Emily Dickinson poetry lines to memorize (with an illustration of Emily Dickinson) and why literature-scholar-turned-psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist holds the key to imagination, and even how researching one portion of the brain and only answering to the name “Amygdala” for weeks on end is in fact life changing and creativity producing. This book really is a dream come true—unless you actually got to take a class from Lynda and then, well, don’t tell me about it.
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S.M.C.
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770461611
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - October 21st, 2014

What a delightful literary treat! Pericoli draws the views from writers’ windows across the world, evoking such a sense of place that only writing it can rival. Lovelier and more nuanced than a photograph, then paired with essays by the writers themselves, this collection makes you want to read the world through each destination, and is a reminder of how vast and rich our literary landscape is.
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Melinda
By Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein (Preface by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594205545
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Published: Penguin Press - November 13th, 2014

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