Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

In the age of flat-earthers, climate change deniers, and twitter bots, works like this should be required reading for the general population. Told with Sagan’s easily digestible voice and a reverence for science and intellectualism not found in the present, this book is, sadly, more relevant today than it was when it was first published more than twenty years ago. - Aric

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345409461
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 25th, 1997

Want to dive into the Instagrammable world of embroidery but feeling like a basic stitch? Grab this book for a super approachable guide to everything you need in your sewing kit to create sassy, #resist-ready masterpieces. The beautiful photos, easy-to-follow instructions, and ready-to-go patterns will turn you into a crafty superstar. - Kelly

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Edgy Embroidery: Transform Conventional Stitches Into 25 Unconventional Designs Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624144417
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Published: Page Street Publishing - September 19th, 2017

Frankopan attempts to transform how Western history formulates world history by centering his narrative on the intellectual and economic networks known as the Silk Roads. Frankopan emphasizes the interconnections of histories that are generally taught as distinct stories. I highly recommend for anyone looking at the world and bigger pictures. - Clara

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101912379
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 2017

This is the book ladies have been waiting for, all the things we should have learned in sex education, but didn’t. Nagoski is a font of information and delivers it with expertise as well as understanding. I learned so much from this book; you need to read it! - Karena

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Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476762098
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

Written by a Pulitzer Prize winning scientist, this book highlights the development of language and the arts in human nature dating back to our earliest stages of development. Wilson describes how our access to creativity sets our species apart from all others and how the sciences are affected by our ability to use our creativity to imagine, predict, and discover. - Grace

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The Origins of Creativity Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781631493188
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 3rd, 2017

Part memoir, part snapshot of 90s Bay Area punk rock, this book offers a revelatory glimpse into the intersectional experience of a Xicana fem punk rocker creating in a homogenous cis-white scene. For those that are queer, brown, or any other oppressed identity in a punk-rock scene, this book is for you. The Spitboy Rule sparked in me a sense of belonging that I hadn’t felt in a long time. - Gabe

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The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band Cover Image
By Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Mimi Thi Nguyen (Foreword by), Martin Sorrondeguy (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781629631400
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Published: PM Press - May 1st, 2016

This is gardening guide and cookbook is a joy to read. I enjoyed learning about how the author’s parents instilled in her a love of gardening and cooking with Chinese vegetables. The book is beautifully and simply laid out, providing all the information you need to start growing your own Chinese vegetables and make wonders with them in your kitchen. - Natalie

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The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604696776
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - February 8th, 2017

I first loved this collection for its incredible range, its humor and sterling intimacies. With Trump’s threats on Iran, immigrants, I see it now as a promise between women: our grace to build and rebuild a life wherever we land should define global history. Women-- not race, not war-- but women, building lives, write the next chapter. - a.c.

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Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora Cover Image
By Persis Karim (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781557288202
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - May 1st, 2006

Whenever I run into the imagined barrier known as Writer’s Block, I do what a good writer does. I read. And what better way to dissolve that creative dam than by reading about writing itself. Zen in the Art of Writing’s eleven essays serve as a testament to the craft, and after reading one, two, or a few, I’m ready to put my pen to paper, and my fingers back on the keys. - Aric

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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity Third Edition/Expanded Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions - August 1st, 1993

Lawrence’s account of the punk-turned-funk era of New York music is endearing and over-the-top ridiculous. From the proto-house and electro of the Bronx to the New-Waves grooves of the Lower East Side, Lawrence creates intimate portraits of the many people who have used music as a social salve. Perfect for anyone who has found love to the rhythm of a 4/4 beat. - Gabe

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Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780822362029
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Published: Duke University Press - September 30th, 2016

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