Our Favorite Non-Fiction for Adults

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American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101902783
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

Thoroughly researched. Breathtakingly told. Reads like a novel I couldn't put down! Our heroine is O-Six, the famous Yellowstone wolf. Hunters, wolf-watchers, neighboring townspeople, and rival wolf clans people the world and story of this natural beauty. Get ready to engage you mind and heart. Recommended by Alena


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The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781610398213
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 24th, 2017

Sax argues that contrary to popular perception, analog products and businesses are not dying -- in fact, many sectors are growing and thriving. (For example: The popluarity of Moleskine, the resurgence of vinyl records, board games and bookstores.) I found Revenge of Analog surprising, hopeful and creatively inspiring! Recommended by Jane


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Sign of the Apocalypse: Ruminations and Wit from an American Roadside Prophet Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781510726949
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - November 21st, 2017

This book is a hilarious compiliation of signs all across America. Recommended for anyone who likes to laugh. Recommended by Zoe


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Lightfoot Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735232556
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Published: Viking - September 26th, 2017

I love this man. After finishing this excellent biography I looked at my vinyl collection and sure enough, 9 LPs I've kept for close to 50 years of his music. I crossed Canada by train because I loved his song Canadian RailroadTrilogy. Recommended by Katy


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The California Field Atlas Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781597144025
Availability: Backordered
Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017

A California native, Obi Kaufmann has left no stone unturned. Kaufmann's descriptions and breathtaking illustrations, in my opinion, make him the mouthpiece for the spirit of California! Recommended by Rob


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Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250135810
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 10th, 2017

Thomas Moore who wrote Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul, now brings us a book on soul and aging. Need I say more?  Recommended by Alena.


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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

50 years of Mary Oliver's best. If you know and love her, this book is a must. If you don't yet, now is the time. Recommended by Alena


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

Morbid? No way! This is an utterly fascinating look at how we as humans have widely different approaches to death. (Disclosure: I'm a huge fan of the author. Check out her "Ask a Mortician" You-Tube Series.) Recommended by Jeanette


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Impossible Beyond This Point: True Adventure Creating a Self-Sufficient Life in the Wilderness Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492756699
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 31st, 2013

Take a family of five -- set them down on a goldmining claim along the Trinity River miles from the end of the road and share their adventures for the next 40 years -- They went "back to the land" and never left. A great story of love, self reliance and a really strong mom. Recommended by Katy


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

It's a fascinating look at an unsavory time in early modern history. Grann revisits the systematic killings of the Osage people and tells it with the mystique of an intense "whonunnit." And he writes with such character that the real people involved in the case become like sympathectic cast members in a mystery play. This is a must read for American History buffs and mystery lovers! Recommended by Rob


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The Mother of All Questions Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781608467402
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Published: Haymarket Books - March 7th, 2017

A clear true voice we all need all need to hear. Recommended by Alena


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Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781618931719
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Published: Time Home Entertainment - August 23rd, 2016

"Writings ..." is a blueprint for fulfilling the American Dream. A candid assesment of the tough, often disregarded issues we face as Americans. Especially loved the chapter "A View from the Front Yard." A book for all ages, genders and ethnicities. Recommended by Terry


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No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780762457243
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - January 5th, 2016

Sleep with a man you barely know is one thing, but then to travel overseas with him for 3 weeks taking little more than the dress you're wearing -- that's wildly crazy and fabulously eye-opening! Recommended by Jeanette


Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News That Matters to Cats Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781449474133
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 10th, 2016

If you have ever had a cat, you won't be able to stop laughing as you read this. It gives you a glimpse of the complicated minds of cats and their logic of destroying your house. Recommended by Zoe


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Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

If you like plants, people, or science, this is for you! It's a lyrical memoir of life in and out of the lab that starts strong and just gets stronger. I loved it! Recommended by Christie


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Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World Cover Image
By Yee-Lum Mak, Kelsey Garrity-Riley (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452125343
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 11th, 2016

Everything about this book is lovely, charming and sentimental. Learn some new words, enjoy the illustrations, and savor some familiar feelings. Pairs will with a cup of tea on a brumous day.


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Pema Chodron's Compassion Cards: Teachings for Awakening the Heart in Everyday Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611803648
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Published: Shambhala - November 15th, 2016

Great gift for yourself or a friend. A simple, profound way to center yourself each day. For me, it's been uncanny how the choosen card reflects and aids whatever is working me that day. Recommended by Alena


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Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees Cover Image
By Beth Moon (Photographer), Clark Strand (Contribution by), Jana Grcevich (Contribution by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9780789212672
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Published: Abbeville Press - October 25th, 2016

Our oldest trees photographed with the night sky. Awe-inspiring beauty to take home with you. Recommended by alena


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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

Amazing!!! Here's a forester from Germany whose love of nature from when he was six years old is reignited by what he experiences with trees -- how they communicate through their roots, scream at ultrasonic levels, feel pain, live as family groups, care for their elders and youngsters. Groundbreaking! Imagine a "managed" forest where machines are banned. It exists! Let's spread the word. Anyone who loves trees will love this book. Recommended by Alena & Christie


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Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062089250
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 14th, 2017

FDR was an unsung hero of the environment who believed saving grasslands and swamps as breeding habitat for wildlife was as important as creating national parks. His love of conserving natural resources and creating employment during the Depression lead to the Civilian Conservation Corps and work for 3 million men over 9 years. Recommended by Katy


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Where the Wild Moms Are Cover Image
By Katie Blackburn, Sholto Walker (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780571329496
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Published: Faber & Faber - April 5th, 2016

Forget the kids and the hubby -- come boogie with the wild moms and have a wonderfully wild time. Recommended by Jeanette


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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352146
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 4th, 2016

I'm afraid I've become addicted to Mary Norris. In fact, I'm currently in withdrawal after inhaling (snorting?) her ridiculously entertaining punctuation advice. You've been warned. Recommended by Christie


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Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780871406682
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 18th, 2016

How do you design a lighthouse? Where do you put it? What's the most expensive lighthouse ever built in the USA? This book is the best history I've ever read on America's lighthouses -- a chronicle of our "National Treasures", our lighthouses. Recommended by Katy


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Lobster Is the Best Medicine: A Collection of Comics about Friendship Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780762458684
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - October 13th, 2015

Have you ever had one of those days where just everything went wrong? Do you know someone who could use some cheering up? Well, Lobster Is the Best Medicine! Really, this charming little gem is the perfect antidote to a bad day. It's like a big hug with guaranteed smiles throughout -- delivering comfort whenever it's needed. Recommended by Jane


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It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101980361
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Published: Viking - April 26th, 2016

When you are ready to dive in and finally do some intense healing, this is the book for you. After laying out the scientific evidence, Wolynn gently walks you, step-by-step, through his path of revealing then healing your inheritied family trauma. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Don't let the word "trauma" stop you from readin this book. Who knows what will be revealed and healed when you do! I LOVED this book!!! Recommended by Alena


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Do yourself a favor and experience this heartrending account of what it truly means to grow up Black in this country. I can think of no more important book for every American to read. Recommended by Jeanette


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Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning Into the Unknown Cover Image
By Pema Chodron, Seth Godin (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781622035311
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Published: Sounds True - September 1st, 2015

This book is for everybody. We all need this book. A delight of wisdom -- for those life transitions, those hard times that leave us knocked down by life and our own expectations. It left me smiling once more and ready to get up and get moving into life again. Beautifully presented. Enjoy! Recommended by Alena


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The Art of Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062223067
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Published: Harper - September 15th, 2015

Required reading for every memoirist.*

*and everyone even thinking about writing a memoir OR who likes reading memoir. Recommended by Alena


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Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781939629586
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Published: Familius - March 17th, 2015

Make bedtime magical! A great gift for new parents. Recommended by Sally


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The Worrier's Guide to Life Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449466008
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 26th, 2015

Don't worry! Open this book and laugh your a** off.

Recommended by Emily & Alena


California's Channel Islands: A History Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780806146874
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - January 20th, 2015

Eight islands with unrivaled biodiversity sit just in view on the western horizon of Southern California. Adventure tourism has replaced agriculture and livestock and today the islands are a national park. After looking wistfully at them for decades, I'm going to visit and camp next year fulfilling a lifelong dream. Recommended by Katy


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Cats & Lions Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452140490
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 28th, 2015

Beautiful photography.

Stunningly matched.

See the Lion-ness

in your beloved cat.

Recommended by Alena


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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A Tr Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062265432
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Published: Dey Street Books - December 30th, 2014

Dan Harris shares his harrowing journey as he navigates the competitive world of broadcast news, battles PTSD and calms his nattering monkey brain. He also provides a simple meditation exercise that even I can do. I felt calmer just reading this book. Recommended by Jane


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B Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780316386623
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Published: Hachette Books - April 28th, 2015

My mother-heart sings in the same key as this beautiful book. Fierce, loving mothers and daughters and mothers-to-be will all find joy and truth here! I gave this book to my daughters -- to celebrate us! Recommended by Alena


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Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307464880
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 28th, 2014

You know how it is to be stuck in the kitchen at your own party? This is an easy, excellent cookbook to help you out (literally!) Recommended by Sally


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Blue Horses: Poems Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781594204791
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Published: Penguin Press - October 14th, 2014

Mary Oliver has done it yet again. With trees, birds, rocks, sky and the everydayness of us, she still surporises me alive. Recommended by Alena


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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

Hilarious and informative discussion of questions most of us would never think (or want) to ask. No subject is too outrageous to be given serious consideration, not even non-scientific ones like "Soul Mates", "Speed Bumps" or "The Loneliest Human". Reading is believing (and laughing out loud). Recommended by Emily & Terry


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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

It's about keeping only what sparks your joy! Discard first -- by category, then organize. This quirky little book is: Riveting, Surprising, Funny, Dare I say -- A Pageturner! And it works -- I have already unloaded bags and bags of clothes, books, paper ... and I'm still going with a smile. Tidying IS contagious!  Recommended by Alena


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393240238
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 15th, 2014

First, the seemingly irreverent title snagged my curiosity, then the author quickly reeled me in with her anecdotes about working in a crematorium. THIS IS NOT A MORBID BOOK. Intermixed with the droll humor is a love of life that will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead. Recommended by Jeanette


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No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452124773
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

Interested in doing National Novel Writing Month? This book will get you through it! It helped me write over 60,000 words last November. Recommended by Alena


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When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780806144474
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - March 22nd, 2014

A. B. Hammond, an unrivaled timber baron with activities centered in Humboldt County, converted public domain forests into private wealth. Building an empire on trees, from forest to finished lumber, his biography could be read as environmental, labor, and business history. Also a revealing look at the timber industries that founded Mendocino. Recommended by Katy


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Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121417
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Published: Grove Press - August 12th, 2014

A joy to read. The writing book for this year. Part guide. Part memoir. "This book will help you discover or rediscover the qualities necessary for a creative life." Trust this excellent storyteller, Teacher and Companion. Recommended by Alena


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Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers about Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jessica McClure (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781937006655
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Published: Parallax Press - March 20th, 2014

I love these questions! And I love these answers, and the ones you can add while reading this godsend of a book. (Meant for kids -- also enjoyed by adults) Recommended by Alena


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By Barry Lopez, Barry Moser (Illustrator), James Perrin Warren (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781595341891
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Published: Trinity University Press - March 18th, 2014

 

Stories of humans and animals, life and death, and beauty. With 11 Barry Moser illustrations adding to the reading experience it's a "keeper". I wish I could write like this. I can't ... so I'll enjoy Lopez's storytelling. Recommended by Katy

 


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The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - April 29th, 2014

In the mid 20th century there were women who were called Dress Doctors. On radio shows, visiting women's clubs and in magazines they taught harmony proportion and balance while sewing clothes at home. Knowledge, not money, was the key to timeless fashion on a budget. Generations of women, myself included, grew up taking Home  Economics and learning about color fabric and style as we sewed some of our own clothes. A fascinating look at America's fashion history (and it's decline...) Recommended by Katy


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade - April 8th, 2014

Forget your fear that a book about people in a slum will be too depressing. Although non-fiction, this reads like the best ficktion -- with complex characters who will thoroughly engage you. Recommended by Jeanette


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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780679644057
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2013

I dare you! Open to any page in this book and fall in love with a poem. Billy Collins is fantastic as always. Funny and Brillian. He has an amazing capacity to turn the everyday into the unexpected. Be surprised! Recommended by Alena


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Reasons Mommy Drinks Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385349291
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 10th, 2013

Written like a baby book in the reverse. Evans writes explaining to her child, all the many hilarious reasons why "mommy drinks" and lists the cooresponding cocktail recipes on the following page. It is laugh out loud funny, and any mother can relate! Evans covers everything from MF (mommy fear) to teething, to travel and beyond. Recommended by Sichelle


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The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476706696
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Published: Atria Books - June 18th, 2013

50 or older? Get a needed boost in perspective from this book loaded with insight, theories, research and personal stories. It's helping me! Recommended by Alena


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What the F*@# Should I Drink?: The Answers to Life's Most Important Question of Your Day (in 75 F*@#ing Recipes) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780762449071
Availability: Backordered
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - July 30th, 2013

With a foreword by Jesus Christ, offensive language and not-so-pc cocktail recipes, this book isn't for everyone. But we're not everyone, and we think this book is effing funny! P.S. Try the recipe on page 99. Recommended by Sichelle & Emily


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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781451641974
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - September 10th, 2013

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler is the most important book you'll read about end-of-life medical care. We can't think of a single person who wouldn't benefit from reading this book! It's not just about dying, it's about life. Readable. Well-Researched. Thought Provoking. Mind-Opening. Honest. Hard to Put Down. Give it to your loved ones. Recommended by Sally & Alena


I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452119038
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - July 30th, 2013

As the proud owner of a 2 year old German Shepherd, I feel it is my duty to fave this book. I mean, "I could pee on this" is a NYT Bestseller! Let's give Man's Best Friend a leg up (no pun intended) and get their side of the story. Throw a dog a bone! Buy this book! Recommended by Sichelle


The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781926812755
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Published: Greystone Books - May 14th, 2013

Just turn to page 8 and read the paragraph you find there. Recommended by Christie


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Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802717702
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker Books - November 13th, 2012

Numbers. Size. Light. Sound. Heat and Time. Stretching these 6 subjects from the range of human perception to the infinitesimally small to the infinitely large, Blatner's witty style helps us understand our world and our position in it. So informative, a real eye-opener. Recommended by Terry


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

This should be required reading for anyone ages 18 - 30. Hilarious and informative. Recommended by Emily


Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385534222
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 12th, 2013

A young Victorian explorer goes on a quest to discover a then mythical beast ... the gorilla. He encounters swamps, snakes, cannibals and ritual sacrifices; and brings back stories and evidence of Gorillas that rocked Darwin's world. Recommended by Sichelle


My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781621450719
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Published: Reader's Digest Association - April 4th, 2013

OMG. Is this book laugh-out-loud funny! I had to stop reading it in bed at night because it kept me and everyone else up with my bursting guffaws. Recommended by Alena


The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781451641240
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Published: Atria Books - March 19th, 2013

Natalie Goldberg has done it again! Thank you Natalie. I feel connected with my writing again, with myself and the world. I feel connected with practice in a new and renewed way. A joy to read that includes the dark recesses too. Enjoy this book again and again. Recommended by Alena.


The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670024810
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Viking Books - December 31st, 2012

This is a fascinating comparison of traditional societies and modern / industrialized societies, based on decades of the author's experiences in the Pacific Islands. It includes personal anecdotes that add interest without romanticizing the societies of yesterday. Lots of food for thought! Recommended by Joan


The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345422958
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 7th, 1998

I promise you will find this book inspiring, entertaining, enlightening and funny. This gem is a "keeper" to be re-read often!  Recommended by Sally


The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545465137
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 1st, 2013

Shaun Tan, popular illustrator of unique children's books (The Arrival & Tales of Outer Suburbia) shares his inspiring sketch book of unfinished drawings. Recommended by Sally


When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador USA - February 26th, 2013

A beautiful book from a beautiful writer. When Terry Tempest William's mother died, she left her daughter a bookcase full of journals she had kept. They were all, surprisingly, blank. Empty. Here are 54 ruminations inspired by that mystery. Recommended by Alena.


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

I'm really glad I own this book. What a great resource -- it's validating, helpful, and wonderfully researched. It's great to know, as an introvert, I am not alone! I am not crazy! I am not anti-social! Cain provides insights and resources for being all you are -- out in the world, and in your own inner world. Recommended by Alena


The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439189740
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 9th, 2012

Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, but armed with his Journal of Best Practices, David is determined to become the husband he was meant to be. A laugh-out-load "primer for all of us on how to be better partners." Recommended by Terry.


Elsewhere: A memoir Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307959539
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Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2012

Richard Russo -- who gave us Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, Nobody's Fool, all of which I have loved. This memoir opens to us many real people on which he based his fictional characters. Well written, of course, and as interesting as his novels. Recommended by Thelma


Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade - September 18th, 2012

What an amazing story! 15 years old, with no blood claim to the throne, Catherine becomes the Grand Duchess of Russia, ruling Russia for over 30 years. An inspiring true-life fairy tale. Recommended by Sally


Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061772443
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 27th, 2012

Smuggling butterflies for collectors is a $200 million business. Meet the most notorious smuggler and the U. S. Fish and Game agents who track him. Spert is a mystery writer who transfers her skills expertyly to a non-fiction thriller. Recommended by Katy


Crazy Brave: A Memoir Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393073461
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 9th, 2012

A beautiful, gritty and mystical memoir by my favorite Native American poet. I first encountered Harjo decades ago in Sisters of the Earth on anthology of women writing about nature. Her connection to earthy spirit remains. Framed by the four directions, this book reads like a passionate sacred prayer of gratitued, remembrance and reckoning. Recommended by Alena.


As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780871404077
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 4th, 2012

Collins writes with her skillful humor abut the politics of Texas with its "Alamo" mentality that now seems to influence the rest of the nation from schools and textbooks to oil and finance. A wonderful -- if startling -- read!. Recommended by Joan


101 American Geo Sites Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780878425877
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Published: Mountain Press Publishing Company - September 1st, 2012

Rockhounds! Plan a road trip! Discover geologic oddities all over the U. S. A. Be amazed!. Recommended by Katy


Turning Life Into Fiction Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555974442
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 27th, 2006

From a fabulous presenter at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, a refreshing, informative book. Humorous and loaded with ways to get into your writing. After the first few pages I was already scribbling down stories. Recommended by Alena


Robert Redford: The Biography Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780307475961
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Published: Vintage Books - May 15th, 2012

The straight scoop on one of the most famous, elusive and complex men in films. I could not put it down! Recommended by Sally


Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143120537
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

Foer begins by seeking "The Smartest Man in the World" and ends up embarking on an amazing adventure. Moonwalking with Einstein is a fascinating look at memory and the brain with an engaging cast of characters. You will want to share this book with your friends! Recommended by Jane