Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

I’m pretty sure I read this with my jaw clenched. Wariner tells a difficult story about being raised in a polygamist colony by her mother along with several siblings. Wariner’s stepfather is particularly hard to read. It is a survival tale that you makes you rage at times and sob in others, but in the end will make you all the more better for reading it. - Karena

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The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250077707
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 25th, 2017

Historians often portray Europe and the Middle East as adversarial, but Brotton highlights another story. After much of Europe turned its back on England, Queen Elizabeth sought new allies and opportunities and found them among the Ottomans. In illuminating this influential relationship, Brotton broadens our history in a welcome antidote to creeping islamophobia. - Ian

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The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110620
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

In an age of fake news, ‘alternative facts,’ and infinite information, it can be infuriating to argue over the truth. With humor and a wealth of examples, MacDonald argues that most ‘truths’ are slippery. Truth challenges you to think critically by illustrating how truth can be manipulated and by identifying ways to strengthen your defenses against misleaders. - Natalie

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Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316510820
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

Poverty, racism, and a violent stepfather; comedian Trevor Noah faced many challenges growing up under Apartheid. Born to a black mother and white father, his very existence broke several laws. Noah flits seamlessly between cheeky humor and raw emotion in snapshots of his life from childhood to present day. His story is poignant, inspiring and yes, it’s funny, too. - Jade

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

Hirsch’s experiences facing chronic illness are a window into a significant public health and social issue. Ilnesses affecting young women are less likely to be taken seriously and the women are disproportionately affected by barriers in work, relationships, and medicine. Invisible amplifies the diverse voices in order to offer community and arm with information. - Clara

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Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807023952
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Published: Beacon Press - February 27th, 2018

This history of the postal service follows the contours of American history. But sometimes the postal service was the actor directing the flow. From the beginning of our nation to the current day, mail has been the driving force in unexpected areas of the nation’s development and it continues to innovate today despite alarmist detractors and falling prestige. - Ian

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Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802126405
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2017

At nearly 20 years of age, this book’s use as a travel guide may be a bit outdated, but it still makes for a great read. Gopnik and his young family relocate from New York to Paris so that he can write about French culture. Covering everything from maternity leave to how French people behave at the gym, Gopnik’s observations and interactions are ridiculous, relatable, and full of faux pas. - Jade

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Paris to the Moon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375758232
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Published: Random House Trade - September 11th, 2001

This cookbook contains the essentials, no more and no less. David Bez expands on the recent “grain bowl” trend to provide a myriad of easy dinner ideas. His recipes require some very basic cooking knowledge, but they are not daunting. If you’re bit intimidated by cookbooks, and you’re always asking “what do I make for dinner?”, this cookbook is your new best friend. - Natalie

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Supper Love: Comfort Bowls for Quick and Nourishing Suppers Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781787130494
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - September 5th, 2017

Nottage is one of our contemporary master dramatists, a writer whose work will be (and should be) performed and studied for decades to come. Heartbreaking and true, Sweat frames a truly modern American tragedy that examines generation, race, class, family, and friendship within a real working class town. - Jocelyn

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Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

A lawyer and social justice advocate, Stevenson paints a devastating picture of the American criminal justice system and the racial biases that permeate it. Drawing on his experiences as a black man in America and those of his many clients, Stevenson beseeches his readers to try and better understand our fellow humans, and to just show some mercy. - Jade

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

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