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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl

Stress is an unavoidable part of modern life for most of us. This workbook is a practical introduction to using mindfulness meditation to reduce and manage stress. It includes well-organized information about alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, and chronic pain. This revised and updated 2nd edition can help you permanently change the way you handle stress in your daily life. - Trey

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781684033553
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - September 1st, 2019

The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs

Ryan Jacobs takes the culinary grail of the black truffle, and lays out not only the the science behind the scarcity of this unique fungi, but also why those truffle fries probably have exactly zero truffle in them. Jacobs guides you on an evocative tour of the past and present world of the truffle trade, with stories exciting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, of the lives and crimes petty and pivotal seeking to grow rich off truffle. - Jocelyn

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780451495693
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 4th, 2019

Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz was many things throughout his life: a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist. Close to the Knives is a perennially relevant collection of intelligent, searing, and poetic essays that range from David’s teenage years on the streets of New York, working as an artist, taking a solo road trip across the country, gay life in the 1980s, the Reagan presidency, and the emergence of the AIDS crisis—all set against Daivd’s own AIDS diagnosis. Throughout the book David unflinchingly shares his worldview and reaffirms the personal as political: through profound examinations of death and survival, calls for change, and astute observations of America. “It is exhausting, living in a population where people don’t speak up if what they witness doesn’t directly threaten them.” - Billy

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780679732273
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

A short book that posits and answers an immense question. Angela Davis outlines the history of incarceration as the primary form of punishment and asks us to imagine a world interested in rehabilitation more than retribution and in healing rather than perpetuating the cycle of oppression. An absolute must-read from a legend. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781583225813
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

I won't be able to adequately describe my excitement in reading this book, but trust me that if you are looking for answers towards our social ills, pick this up. Klinenberg advocates for “social” infrastructure—physical spaces such as parks, libraries, walkways, even coffee shops--with credible studies that show these spaces create “community,” reduce crime, fight poverty, improve education, combat climate change, and more. Needless to say, he's convinced me, and I now have actionable efforts to advocate for. - Jocelyn

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761172
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Published: Broadway Books - September 10th, 2019

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

In this beautifully written food memoir, Thielen traces her journey from small town Minnesota to New York City. Thielen’s love of food transcends its usual function of taste and satiation, she uses is as a memory anchor and it serves as a deep connection to her family and her broader heritage. Heartfelt and often funny, this is a true love letter to food if there ever was one. - Jade

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307954916
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 5th, 2018

How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ

First published in 1983, legendary feminist scholar and science fiction writer Joanna Russ’s rigorous review of women writers’ diminished contributions and deliberately neglected works is an absolute must-read that is, maddeningly, still relevant today. - Ksenia

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By Joanna Russ, Jessa Crispin (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781477316252
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Published: University of Texas Press - April 17th, 2018

As Serious as Your Life by Val Wilmer

Wilmer captures the explosive new energies that defined jazz in the 60s and 70s! Examining the lives and careers of both unknown artists and household names, she paints a vivid picture of what life was like for these members of the jazz vanguard, while also exploring the connections between art, politics, and being black in America. This book is raw and candid! - Travis

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By Val Wilmer, Richard Williams (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781788160711
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Published: Serpent's Tail - June 12th, 2018

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

McBride’s story of self-discovery, determination, and love made me check my privilege, cheer, and cry. She earnestly and intelligently reflects on her life, from coming out as a trans woman, to walking to corridors of power, to falling in love and losing her husband. This compelling read highlights how far we still have to go towards actual liberty and justice for all. - Jocelyn

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By Sarah McBride, Joe Biden (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781524761486
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Published: Three Rivers Press - March 5th, 2019

No God But God by Reza Aslan

Aslan is one of the smartest religious scholars out there. This book reads as both a study of Islam and a commentary forces impacting religion in the modern world (he is especially adroit about extremism and orthodoxy). His perspective will make you fall in love with the beauty of the world’s second-largest religion and think deeply about how we navigate faith in the 21st century. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780812982442
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 30th, 2011

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