2014 Staff Nonfiction Favorites

As a girl who desperately wanted to be an astronaut, the name Sally Ride meant everything to me. But I knew very little about her; Ride was an extremely private person who rarely spoke about her life. Before her untimely death in 2012, Ride gave permission to her partner to go forward with a biography. Sherr's book captures Ride's brilliance, verve, and determination. 

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Kat
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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476725765
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

Montross is a poet and a psychiatrist, and it is that fascinating junction between literature and medicine that makes it such a searing, important book. Montross illuminates those we most want to turn away from, patients for whom medicine does not have a clear answer. I couldn't put this book down, and when I finished I was grateful for the experience.

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Kat
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Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

Hilarious, honest and inspiring, this comic takes a look at what it means to run recreationally. Runners will appreciate the spot-on humor about their chosen sport, while those who have just started will find comfort in his stories of failure and triumph. Full of really great advice and humor, and it inspired me personally to take up the habit. A perfect gift for anyone remotely interested. 

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Jax
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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449459956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 30th, 2014

I’ve always loved maps, but previously knew very little about the history of cartography, so I found this fascinating. While clearly delineating the technical advances of the great cartographers Brotton discusses the political, economic and/or religious objectives that distort all maps. This is a perfect book for map lovers, history buffs and fans of well-researched non-fiction. 

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Rico
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A History of the World in 12 Maps Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

Pairing short essays with impressive illustrations, The Who, the What, and the When is a charming crash course in side-kicks.. Historically, aesthetically, and emotionally appealing, this book shows how many of our esteemed heroes found success because of people who believed in them, supported them, or (in some cases) challenged them. 

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Nici
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The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452128276
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

When I was younger I struggled with the f-word; I wish I had had this book to guide the way. Roxanne Gay is both provoking and soothing--making you think a little harder about the state of the world and letting you know that it's ok to embrace your passions--even if they involve the color pink. This collection is honest while being pointed; it is fresh while being familiar.

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Nici
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Bad Feminist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

Hello, daily dose of pure joy! It matters not whether you already have Underwater Dogs or whether you even like dogs, I dare you to resist smiling as you turn each lavishly photographed page. These wide-eyed, wondrous, adventurous, delightfully adorable puppies are a natural endorphin rush. I swear, this book is good for your health. 

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Melinda
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Underwater Puppies Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780316254892
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 16th, 2014

Cirilia Rose is a crafter after my own heart. This collection of patterns is organized with 3 sections based on the three main types of knitting projects (Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads) and broken up further by smart and relatable personal essays on the creative process. No matter your knitting mood, you'll find a perfect pattern in this awesome book. 

Reviewed by: 
Megan
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Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter's Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781584799535
Availability: Special Order
Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 4th, 2014

This is such a cool book, I love it! Flipping through the drinks in this book, it's hard to decide what to make first. My favorite part is the variety of non-alcoholic drinks from refreshing lemonades and spritzers to satisfying flavored coffees and shakes. These handcrafted beverages are taken to a new level in this beautifully photographed collection of recipes. 

Reviewed by: 
Megan
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Quench: Handcrafted Beverages to Satisfy Every Taste and Occasion Cover Image
By Ashley English, Jen Altman (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611801286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roost Books - October 21st, 2014

The evolution of Liza Long’s blog post about Adam Lanza and the mental illness crisis, this book seeks to educate, address misconceptions, abolish stigma, and above all humanize the great fear of mental illness. Long proposes, through meticulous research and personal experience, how society may begin to address a widespread problem without convenient solutions. 

Reviewed by: 
Dillon
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The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness Cover Image
By Liza Long, Harold S. Koplewicz (Foreword by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781594632570
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Hudson Street Press - August 28th, 2014

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