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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

See chronicles her ancestors’ immigrant experience coming from China to California. Spanning 100 years of family history, from dynamiting railroads into mountainsides to rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, See shares the triumphs and the devastations along the way. I was charmed by See’s honest, often emotional rendering of her family’s remarkable journey. - Jade

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On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307950390
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2012

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

I think I raved to everyone who would listen about how much I loved this book. Lockwood is hilarious, yet her words are thoughtful and heartfelt as she describes her ‘walking warning label’ of a mother and her priest father who has a habit of dropping his collar (and pants) at the door. Families aren’t perfect and Lockwood’s is no different. - Karena

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

A book about the past mixed with the politics of the today, all told through captivating reporting. It celebrates the true thrilling story of the people who smuggled old, rare books and scripts out of West Africa as they confront the new dangers of the present. Badass Librarians is both inspiring and page-turning. - Ian

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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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

A book for anyone who wants to waste less food, get more creative in their use of leftover ingredients, or generally feel more confident in the kitchen. Full of enormously practical advice, Adler's essays on cooking and eating are also beautifully written and reassuringly focused on eating well rather than 'correctly'. - Ilana

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439181881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2012

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont U-God Hawkins

Straight from the land of Shaolin comes a poignant memoir about one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s underrated members, chronicling childhood traumas, first run-ins with Wu-Tang Clan members (his young Method Man stories are insightful and hilarious), and the beginnings of the Wu-Tang. Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud hilarious, RAW is the definitive hip-hop memoir of the year. - Gabe

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Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250191168
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Picador - March 6th, 2018

Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I urge you to pick up this. I loved learning about microscopic, indestructible water bears, moss diapers, peat bogs, and the grueling fun of being a scientist.  Kimmerer has something that few science writers have: lyrical writing and an infectious curiosity for the world around her. This gem of a book instills a sense of delight and awe and gratitude for living things. - Natalie

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Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870714993
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Oregon State University Press - March 1st, 2003

Educated by Tara Westover

Gripping, evocative, and richly detailed, Tara Westover's clear-eyed account of how she achieved a Ph.D.— despite the fact that her father's religious fundamentalism kept her out of school until she was 17 (and she and her siblings out of hospitals, despite some truly horrendous injuries)—is a must-read. I couldn't put this memoir down. - Stuart

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

This is the book that keeps resurfacing in my mind and in my conversations. I can’t stop talking about it! My personal understanding of “belonging” and my cultural understanding of “belonging” have been given a new language and a new mission. I think this shift in thinking has unlimited potential and such hope for better conversations with friends and foes, alike. - Jenny

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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995848
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - September 12th, 2017

How Food Works by DK

The ‘How Stuff Works’ series by DK publishes some of my favorite books. This iteration is no different. Simple in its display of facts and easy to follow, How Food Works forms a fantastic introduction to nutrition and the role food plays in maintaining a healthy human. - Ian

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How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained (How Things Work) Cover Image
By DK
$22.00
ISBN: 9781465461193
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: DK - May 23rd, 2017

American Hookup by Lisa Wade

The sexual politics of college (and post-college) life are central to successful discussions of gender equality. In this must-read book Wade investigates what hookup culture looks like, the unequal impacts of it (oftentimes along racial and gender lines), and its relationship to an ever-changing lineage of American youths and how they initiate and experience sex and romance. - Clara

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American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393355536
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 13th, 2018

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