Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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

Barry has put together a complex (and very funny) historical account of the different ways famous musicians have imagined the future of music. Whether it is sci-fi written by classical composers or experimental soundtracks to imagined utopias, Barry writes with such vivid detail and passion that it makes one imagine that the future of music will be bright. - Gabe

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The Music of the Future Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910924969
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Published: Repeater - March 21st, 2017

In a brisk hundred pages, Gladstone elucidates the inherent problem at the heart of the current American sociopolitical sphere. In an age of “fake news”, social media noise, and a complete disregard for moral decency, the author investigates how we construct “reality” in contemporary society. Gladstone offers a serious yet optimistic perspective on reality in crisis. - Gabe

The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781523502387
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Published: Workman Publishing - May 16th, 2017

I don’t remember the last time I’ve hugged a book so much. A wonderful combination of history, trivia, social commentary, and art design, all tied together in over-the-top covers and seemingly ridiculous plots. Perfect for fans of horror and sci-fi (and Sy-Fy!) this book will make your wish list grow exponentially. - Rachel

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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781594749810
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Published: Quirk Books - September 19th, 2017

An in-depth study on human behavior, Berger provides study after study that will have you questioning the reasons behind your preferences. Why do certain names become popular? Why do we buy certain brands? Why are we attracted to certain colors? The answers to those questions are not what you might think. Surprising and informative, check this one out! - Grace

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Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476759739
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 20th, 2017

Just be, Grasshopper. You are ready to practice Zen now. This is one of the very best books on Zen ever written. Written by the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, Suzuki Roshi designed this to be read by experienced meditators and novices alike. No need for more words at this time. Just read. - Jason

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Cover Image
By Shunryu Suzuki, Trudy Dixon (Editor), Huston Smith (Preface by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590308493
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Published: Shambhala Publications - June 28th, 2011

What is everyone were truly awake? In this bestselling follow up to The Power of Now, Tolle imagines a world in which all people have had a spiritual awakening, giving us a new Utopian blueprint. He expands on the message of being fully present, and offers an optimistic vision for all of civilization. In what can often seem like discouraging times, this is an inspiring book. - Jason

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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452289963
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Published: Plume Books - January 30th, 2008

Although just an afterthought for many, birds are smarter, and more creative and social than most people realize. From the cunning corvids to the thieving jays, the world of birds is as nuanced and interesting as any created by primates. This book may cause you to look up and around and, for the first time, see birds for the complicated creatures that they really are. - Aric

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The Genius of Birds Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

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