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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles, both new and old. New reviews added quarterly, matching our in-store display.

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

General Dumas’ story deserves epic operas and an acclaimed HBO series it’s so thrilling and adventurous. As the son of a Marquis and a Haitian slave, Dumas rose to the highest ranks of the French army and commanded the respect of nations. Reiss’ quest to uncover Dumas’ story is a joy to read and discovering the seeds of his son’s novels is an eye-opening pleasure. - Clara

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307382474
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - May 14th, 2013

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

Rosenstrach knows and loves good food, but she is also a very busy working mom. Her cookbook is one of the few I’ve read (and used) that really gets how hard it can be to get a good dinner on the table every single night. She’s a huge advocate for family dinners, makes crowd-pleasing dishes, and likes a cocktail in the evening: In other words, she’s fantastic. - S.B.

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Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062080905
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ecco - June 5th, 2012

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Published just three years after 9/11, this is a powerful meditation on the intention behind and consumption of war photography. Sontag explores the necessary act of acknowledging violence while challenging ourselves to respond to it with empathy, not apathy. Today, when acts of mass violence are as common as the hashtags that represent them, this book feels particularly urgent. - Kristi

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Regarding the Pain of Others Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312422196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 1st, 2004

I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

Most of us walk through our daily lives without thinking too much about our mortality, but O’Farrell’s connection to life has been more tenuous than most. Over seventeen essays, she examines the experiences that have taught her how thin the membrane between life and death really is. Told in elegant prose that will resonate in your heart, this book is, ultimately, incredibly life-affirming. - Jess

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

America Before by Graham Hancock

While many scientists cling to the idea that humans didn’t inhabit the American continents until fairly recently, evidence proving the contrary continues to build. In his latest, unorthodox analysis of human history, Hancock parses this evidence to prove that technologically and socially advanced humans inhabited the Americas for 10,000s of years before European conquest. - Aric

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America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250153739
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 23rd, 2019

3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook by Drew Maresco

I’m usually too busy to make a meal every night, so my slow cooker has become a godsend. Drew Maresco has made my life even easier with this cookbook, with recipes that are both delicious and extremely easy to prepare. This fantastic cookbook is packed with gorgeous, full-page pictures and covers a wide variety of culinary traditions, and includes vegetarian options. - Stuart

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3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook: Delicious, Hassle-Free Homemade Meals Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624147234
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Page Street Publishing - January 29th, 2019

Emperors of the Deep by William McKeevor

Sharks are one of the world’s oldest living species, but climate change threatens their continued existence. Misrepresented and misunderstood, sharks play pivotal roles in our ocean ecosystems. McKeevor travels the world talking to experts to learn what our oceans would be like without sharks, and why that would be a very dire outcome indeed. - Jade

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Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062880321
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: HarperOne - June 25th, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

A comprehensive and profound treatise on climate. Though much of the information paints a bleak future, I felt inspired to action upon reading. If it’s too much for you, buy it for the person in your life who can handle the darkest truths. This book feels important.  It is my early pick to win a 2019 Pulitzer. I am recommending it to anyone who will listen. - Jason

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576709
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

The Forking Trolley by James M. Russell

Are you a fan of the popular sitcom The Good Place?  Would you like to dig a bit deeper into the ethical dilemmas explored on the show? If so, this book is for you! Russell uses traditional and modern thought experiments to provide a concise, illuminating tour of the main issues humans face when trying to "do the right thing". This is a great introduction to Ethical Philosophy. - Trey

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The Forking Trolley: An Ethical Journey to The Good Place Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781786750792
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Palazzo Editions - May 4th, 2019

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

As a lifelong introvert, this book made me snort-laugh whilst giving me cause for self-reflection. It also made me feel goodwill towards my fellow humans, a miracle for someone who sees strangers primarily as potential sources of anguish and irritation. Dare I say my heart grew a size or two, in true Grinch fashion? A warm, funny read for anyone feeling disconnected. - Ilana

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Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449499235
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 28th, 2019

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