Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

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: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice Cover Image
By Shunryu Suzuki, Trudy Dixon (Editor), Huston Smith (Preface by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590308493
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Published: Shambhala - 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 (Oprah #61): Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452289963
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Published: Penguin 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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$17.00
ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

I am drawn to works written in ancient days whether they are mythological, religious, fiction, or factual. The Sagas of the Icelanders is a little bit of all these, and contains tales of trial and tragedy that many people have never heard of. Although a tome, those with patience and an adventurous spirit will enjoy these Sagas from the first page to the last. - Aric

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The Sagas of Icelanders: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (World of the Sagas) Cover Image
By Various, Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellogg (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780141000039
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2001

The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created an edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes, this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly

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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101870945
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 14th, 2017

Much like Hannibal himself, this book punches far above its weight class. Although stripped for brevity, it hits with the impact of a tome two or three times its size. Hunt deftly tells the story, both personal and public, of one of the world’s greatest generals. - Ian

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Hannibal Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781439102176
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

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