Our Favorite Non-Fiction for Adults

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The Goldblum Variations: Adventures of Jeff Goldblum Across the Known (and Unknown) Universe Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780143135227
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Published: Penguin Books - October 22nd, 2019

Look, just read a few pages, you'll see. Or you won't see, that's fine too. Jeff Goldblum understands. Recommended by Molly


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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781612197494
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Published: Melville House - April 9th, 2019

"A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto."—Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times Book Review


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Land of the Rising Cat: Japan's Feline Fascination Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9783791384948
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Published: Prestel - September 10th, 2019

Catsby highly recommends that his devotees read this book and adopt a higher degree of adoration. However, he wishes to express his supreme desire not to be put in a costume.


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Awards for Good Boys: Tales of Dating, Double Standards, and Doom Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143134312
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

A candid, cutting, hilarious, and oh-so-relatable take down of our tendency to celebrate dudes for doing the bare minimum. Stories and comics of bad texts, gaslighting, trash cats, dogpiles, Pygmalion, and more! Recommended by Molly


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The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316414425
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - March 19th, 2019

Confession: I'm only an armchair adventurer. My love of the outdoors doesn't extend to risky escapades, so I vicariously follow others on their treks -- and this one thrilled me. Recommended by Jeanette


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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226196
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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

Two amazing feats in one book:

1 - The author won a grueling horse race across Mongolia when all the odds were against her.

2- She keeps you racing along with her wondering how in the world she did it.

Recommended by Jeanette


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A Fire Story Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419735851
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 5th, 2019

It astounded me that a graphic novel could make the devastation of losing your home in a fire more real for me than any news account or photographs. If you live in Califoria and haven't prepared your emergency evacuation kit -- this will prompt you to do so. Recommended by Jeanete


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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781523506644
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2019

More inspiration and solid ideas from the author brought us Steal Like an Artist. Recommended by Alena


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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781524732714
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Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

Just wonderful*. And impossible to put down. *As is all Shapiro's writing. Recommended by Christie


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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America (Bird Books, Books for Bird Lovers, Humor Books) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781452174037
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

Hilariously snarky (yet true) laugh-out-loud descriptions of 50 orth American birds, written by a professional birding amateur. Newver fails to bring a silly smile to my day. Recomended by Vera


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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393241020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

As always, her work is both timeless and exquisitely timely, as she explores the challenges and rewards of loving nature as our hearts break over it. Recommended by Christie


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Joy Enough: A Memoir Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781631494703
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Published: Liveright - January 15th, 2019

A lovely, sensitively written meditation on grief and joy. Recommended by Christie


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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781632869609
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

I'm turning 60 this year, and this book is just what I needed to hear! Encouraging, empowering, knowledgeable, and real. Like being in a group of women, led by Mary Pipher, who share their stories to support, harness growth and transformative, meaningful aging! Recommended by Alena


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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062864482
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 11th, 2018

In the current onslaught of natural disasters, it's uplifting to read how people united by their desire literally to feed the masses after Hurricane Maria managed to succeed when Trump, FEMA, and even the American Red Cross failed miserably. Their story serves as a model for rethinking emergency relief measures and using a combo of good will and social media to help each other. Recommended by Jeanette


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Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604698787
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Published: Timber Press - October 30th, 2018

Down-to-earth tips for gardeners, plus a charming cover and interior illustrations designed by Mia Johnson, who grew up right here in Mendocino. Recommended by Jeanette


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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316505116
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

This is a story that everyone needs to read -- as citizens, as mothers, as neighbors. But it's also a story that everyone will WANT to read, because it's utterly captivating. I'm grateful to the author for her generosity in sharing her life so well. Recommended by Christie


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Aging Backwards: Updated and Revised Edition: Reverse the Aging Process and Look 10 Years Younger in 30 Minutes a Day Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062313348
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Published: Harper Wave - May 7th, 2019

This book introduced me to Miranda Esmonde-White. I love her. I love her attitude. I love her knowledge. And I love that -- for over a year now(!) -- I exercise for 22 minutes a day and feel so much less achy! (I use her videos too) Recommended by Alena


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The Universe Is a Tree Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781568463049
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Published: Creative Editions - August 21st, 2018

HEY TREE LOVERS! TAKE A LOOK AT THIS BOOK!!! Learn about trees, various species, and the gifts they've given to human beings throughout time and into the present. Our connection to trees as friends, guides, and teachers AMAZING!  Recommended by Alena


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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

You've read the statistics, but this personal story makes it relentlessly real what it is to lead a hardscrabble life in the midst of our times of increasingly politicized socioeconomic disenfranchisement. Recommended by Jeantee


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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea Cover Image
By Guy Delisle, Helge Dascher (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781770463370
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 2nd, 2018

In 2001, animator Delisle spent two months in Pyongyang. In his unique style of humor and keen observation, Delisle give us a glimpse into this closed country -- and it is both enlightening and really quite chilling. Recommended by Jane


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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419727726
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 4th, 2018

I've always been a little obsessed with Mr. Rogers, and this book has caused a serious relapse. It captures the spiritual clarity, the commitment to unerring kindness, and the radical honesty that drew me as a child. And he was full of surprises! I love this book. Recommended by Christie


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Small Fry Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802128232
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Published: Grove Press - September 4th, 2018

Small Fry is excellent -- She can really write. I'd read Lisa's story even if she'd had The World's Most Average Childhood ... which she didn't. Recommended by Christie


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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594488214
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

Fascinating, useful, and an excellent read. It weaves the tale of Obama's decision to raid a mysterious compound in Pakistan into a wide-ranging analysis of the human ability to consider future alternatives. Spoiler: we're getting better at it! Recommended by Christie


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The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771643481
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Published: Greystone Books - August 28th, 2018

LOOK! They've added photographs. Beautiful. Recommended by Christie & Alena


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

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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The Order of Time Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780735216105
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 8th, 2018

MIND-BLOWING! Elegantly written. Deeply engaging. I actually listened to this book -- read Benedict Cumberbatch -- on my phone! Thanks to Libro.fm. Interested? Ask us how or follow the "All About Audio" link on our Front Page. Recommended by Alena


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American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101902783
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Published: Crown - 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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Baking With Kafka Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462960
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 3rd, 2017

Okay -- this is the funniest book I've read in a long time. I'll be giving several away -- to friends, family & colleagues. And, if they don't find it funny; I may be finding new friends, adopting myself into a new family or considering a new place to work ... Hey! Buy this book! You will laugh! Recommended by Jane


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The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter Cover Image
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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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The California Field Atlas Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781597144025
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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
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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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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday - 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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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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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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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
$26.00
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


Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738209487
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - April 14th, 2004

For those whose "grieving" isn't primarily sadness. You are not alone. Recommended by Alena


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Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown Cover Image
By Pema Chödrön, 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 Worrier's Guide to Life Cover Image
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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


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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 True Story 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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Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307464880
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Published: Clarkson Potter - 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
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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
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 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 (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) 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
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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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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 - 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: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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
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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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What the F*@# Should I Drink?: The Answers to Life's Most Important Question of Your Day (in 75 F*@#ing Recipes) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780762449071
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Published: Running Press Adult - 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
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ISBN: 9781451641974
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Published: Scribner - 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 (Animal Lovers book, Gift book, Humor poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452119038
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Published: Chronicle Books - 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
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ISBN: 9780802717702
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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
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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
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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


The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language Cover Image
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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
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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
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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: An Artist's Notebook Cover Image
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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
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador - 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
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ISBN: 9781439189740
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Published: Scribner - 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.


Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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
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ISBN: 9780061772443
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - 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
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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
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ISBN: 9780871404077
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Liveright - 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 (Geology Underfoot) Cover Image
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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