Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

Berkowitz approaches issues of gender, race, and sexuality through the lens of law and reveals the underpinnings of America’s perspective on sex, social welfare, marriage, immigration, and more. Berkowitz’s writing on the policing of single motherhood, the American eugenics movement, and the social capital of the phrase “welfare queen” is particularly relevant. - Clara

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The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex and Changing Identities Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781619027466
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2016

This is a fantastic read. As a relative newcomer to superhero comics, it was really fascinating to read about the backgrounds of iconic female superheroes and the non-super characters like Lois Lane. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand what we’re talking about when we ask for better female representation in comics. - Karena

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The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935259336
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Published: Exterminating Angel Press - October 11th, 2016

A joyfully illustrated guide to creating a “house jungle.” The perfect housewarming gift for serial plant killers and bright-eyed beginners, or just to inspire yourself. This book would look perfect on a shelf between houseplants, where it’d provide continuous motivation to keep your new plants happy. - Natalie

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House Jungle: Turn Your Home Into a Plant-Filled Paradise! Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781612129440
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Published: Storey Publishing - August 8th, 2017

This book is hard to categorize, but so lovely and fun for the literary/history nerd. We’ll never know much about Shakespeare’s life, so Shapiro instead focuses on the events we know occurred during one of his most prolific years. Showing how those events likely influenced the content of Shakespeare’s plays opens up a whole new way of thinking about art and history. - Jocelyn

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060088743
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2006

Chernow does an outstanding job of breathing life into every significant person who crossed Grant’s path, and each character and situation is rendered in superb detail. Chernow brings compassion, humor, and honesty to Grant’s story and sheds new light on the General’s life and times. This is a must read for any American history buff! - Stuart

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Grant Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

After loss, it is normal to search for meaning and solace. Love is Love is a beautiful response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Many artists come together to bring hope back into a world which appeared bleak in the wake of such violence. All artwork was donated by the artists and writers. Proceeds from each sale go to benefit the victims and their families. - Ivy

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Love Is Love Cover Image
By Marc Andreyko (Editor), Phil Jimenez (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781631409394
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Published: IDW Publishing - January 10th, 2017

While I bought this book solely for the title, it’s become the most read and marked up books I own. Kerr has taught me how to deal with ant carcasses, mold stains, burnt up crockpot bits, and all sorts of other home life shenanigans. Accurate, sassy, and not afraid to touch on the gross stuff, I highly recommend this one. - Rachel

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My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780142196939
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2014

A perfect gift for your millennial daughter, sister, or best friend! Financial independence is a non-negotiable act of self-love. TFD began as a website by a woman correcting past credit mistakes. Along with financial advice, Chelsea offers encouragement, insight from collaborators, and pivotal life skills like kitchen pantry basics and money negotiation for relationships. - a.c.

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The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250176165
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - January 2nd, 2018

When Bryson and his bumbling friend set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, they are plagued by misfortune from the very start. Ill prepared and out of shape, the two hikers drag themselves along the trail, with many humorous encounters along the way. Interesting history about the trail is interspersed with amusing misadventures, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read. - Jade

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 1999

Though considered a backwater during the centuries following Roman rule, Britain experienced a great deal of development leading up to its rise during the Medieval era. Adams recreates this progression from his own experience in the field and research in the halls of academia. Part travel writing, part history, this was a joyous trek through the home country. - Ian

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In the Land of Giants: A Journey Through the Dark Ages Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681775531
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 12th, 2017

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