Staff Nonfiction Favorites

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

As cannabis legalization advances in California, regular aficionados will need to decide whether they want to go the commercialized route or try going DIY, which allows you to avoid pesticides while saving money and experimenting with your favorite strains. This well designed book is the best introductory guide I’ve seen for the casual backyard grower. - Natalie

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Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781941040584
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - September 26th, 2017

This cookbook met my criteria: vegetarian, worldly, and somewhere in between easy and experimental. All the recipes I’ve tried so far, including salads, entrees, and drinks, have been remarkably simple and delicious. - Natalie

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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Love fashion but feel guilty about contributing to dye-polluted rivers and sweatshop labor? This book is a cute and concise guide to conscious fashion—how and when to buy, how to properly care for clothing, and ideas for renting, swapping, recycling. It’s your pathway to out of the fast fashion trap that values quantity over quality. - Natalie

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Dress [With] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500292778
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 11th, 2017

Growing up an introvert in a society that favors extroversion, I’ve always felt like a bit of a freak. Reading Quiet changed my life. Cain shows us that our current society undervalues introverts, and that it hasn’t always been this way. She helps us imagine a world where introverts are properly understood and offers invaluable advice for introverts and extroverts alike! - Natalie

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

We all know Cheryl Strayed as the author of Wild, but she is also an advice columnist and host of the “radically empathetic” podcast Dear Sugar. In these selections from her column, she expresses her advice beautifully, interspersing personal stories with poetic yet practical advice. In every response to her readers, her uncommon compassion shines through. Strayed is my empath hero. - Natalie

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

When mystery author Douglas Preston was offered the opportunity to explore one of the few places on earth still untouched by modern society, he seized it with gusto. Accompanying a team of scientists, Preston helicoptered into the Honduran jungle. There, he encountered snakes, ancient ruins, and a flesh-eating illness. - Jade

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

While there are definitely many examples of the joy of travel to be found here, there are also occasions of suffering and confusion. From the harsh reality of encountering Syrian refugees whilst on vacation in the Greek isles, to the isolation of not knowing the language in a foreign country, the raw experiences shared here are brave and important and make for a truly inspiring read. - Jade

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The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11: True Stories from Around the World Cover Image
By Lavinia Spalding (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609521110
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 16th, 2017

The summer of 1927 was particularly momentous for America. Major milestones were reached in aviation, baseball, automobiles, and entertainment. Bryson narrates these achievements with his trademark charm and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s quick to point out that while great triumphs were had, many heroes of the era were deeply flawed. - Jade

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One Summer: America, 1927 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor Books - June 3rd, 2014

When Christopher Knight was captured from Maine wilderness in 2013, he hadn’t uttered a word in 27 years. Knight was detained for theft, and Finkel was slowly able to establish a written correspondence with the hermit. Their tenuous friendship led the author to examine loneliness, isolation, and how large a role companionship plays in making us human. - Jade

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

On the eve of September 9th, 1900, a category 4 hurricane smashed into the town of Galveston, Texas, destroying it completely. Larson pieces together survivors’ accounts and historical records to create an exciting and suspenseful narrative. The similarities between this storm and hurricane Harvey have me pause, and reminded me of how often we allow history to repeat itself. - Jade

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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage Books USA - July 11th, 2000

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