User menu

Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

Nonfiction from our 2019 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2019 Winter Newsletter.

 

Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

I have been ready for this book since devouring The Empathy Exams, Jamison’s first collection of essays that blazed new vistas in the landscape of narrative nonfiction. Here Jamison explores what it means to be wanting, whether as a blue whale, in Second Life, or in our own everyday lives—how do we live with want, how does it haunt, how can it enrich? Make It Scream, Make It Burn does not disappoint; rather it does exactly as the title directs, each of its essays bridging disciplines in astute, thoughtful, urgent ways. A beautiful, mind-reeling pleasure to read. - Melinda

Staff Pick Badge
Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316259637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

Freeman's: California edited by John Freeman

The most recent anthology of cutting-edge literature from long-time Granta editor John Freeman is all about the glorious (and troubled) place we call home. Matching the Golden State’s diversity of landscape and demographics, the collection offers new work from 30 authors, including William Vollmann (covering the Carr Fire), Rabih Alameddine (remembering San Francisco during the AIDS crisis), Tommy Orange (conjuring a potentially suicidal would-be bank robber), and Santa Cruz’s own Karen Tei Yamashita (sharing the correspondence of a Japanese American man visiting Hiroshima shortly after the bombing). In piece after piece, the writing is poignant, compelling, and thought provoking. - Rico

Staff Pick Badge
Freeman's: California Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802147875
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - October 8th, 2019

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

I’m so here for books written by women and queer folks that reveal the over-50, white, cis-het men behind the pop culture and politics curtain. We’ve existed in a world created by and for these men for too long, and West’s essays are a rallying cry to take up a sledgehammer and knock down those institutions. Don’t settle. Give this to your favorite feminist who needs a good laugh at everything awful that’s going on. - J Gallo

Staff Pick Badge
The Witches Are Coming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

Seeing Gender by Iris Gottlieb

This is the book I wish I had growing up. That I could have handed to family and friends, linked people to in those early pre–social media days, when reaching out was much more limited. It covers so much more than I was expecting—privilege, toxic masculinity, eating disorders, pronouns, advertising. It’s a mix of hardcore research and intimate, raw experiences sharing space with Gottlieb’s crisp, vibrant art. - Rachel

Staff Pick Badge
Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781452176611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 22nd, 2019

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Bryson brings his signature wit and charm to his latest book: a look at the human body. Comprehensive yet very accessible, The Body is a truly fascinating read. I was blown away by the many incredible things our bodies are capable of, and perhaps even more amazed by how much we still don’t understand about the vessels we occupy. - Jade

Staff Pick Badge
The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The more we seek to understand strangers, the more elusive they become. Brilliantly pertinent, eloquent, and captivating, Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers explores our interactions with strangers through narratives of CIA interrogations, college sexual assaults, the Amanda Knox case, bail arraignment hearings, and more. These interactions—playing on our inherent biases about the truth—have historically led to devastating mistakes when not approached with caution and humility. For everyone from the politically engaged citizen to the college freshman, Talking to Strangers is a must-read. - Charlotte

Staff Pick Badge
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780316478526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

Incidental Inventions by Elena Ferrante

If you’ve read her novels, you know Ferrante has wonderfully unique insight, specifically into relationships between mothers and daughters and childhood friends. In this collection, Ferrante looks inward and explores her own experiences (first love, personal fears, having her novels adapted into TV shows) and perspectives on larger issues (climate change, feminism, nationality). With delightful illustrations throughout, this is the perfect gift for all the Ferrante fans out there. - Emma

Staff Pick Badge
Incidental Inventions Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator), Andrea Ucini (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781609455583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - November 19th, 2019

Essays One: Reading and Writing by Lydia Davis

I first learned about Lydia Davis at one of my favorite bookstores, Dog-Eared Books in San Francisco, when I overheard the booksellers there waxing poetic about her. Reading Break It Down was a revelation, and I’ve been a fan ever since. In Essays One, the first in a two-volume set, Davis has gathered essays dating back to the 1970s, revealing her influences as a reader and an early writer/student and discussing process at length, most deliciously in her “Thirty Recommendations for Good Writing Habits.” There’s a reason Davis is considered a “writer’s writer”—this book is an education you didn’t know you needed. - Chorel

Staff Pick Badge
Essays One Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374148850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 12th, 2019

Make a donation to our Holiday Book Drive:

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Subscribe to RSS - Nonfiction from our 2019 Winter Newsletter