Staff picks tagged "nonfiction"

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Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs

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One man's hilarious quest for self-acceptance, set to the music of the '80s, '90s and '00s. Read more...

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Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies - How What We Eat Defines Who We Are

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Whether you are a snacker, a bruncher or are into "chefing," this book will help explain why Americans eat as we do. Read more...

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Joe Gould's Teeth

4

Joe Gould may have written the most complete and comprehensive oral history of his time. Then again, maybe he didn't. Read more...

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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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A harsh and haunting tale of heroism and ultimate sacrifice in the race to reach the North Pole. Read more...

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

4

I'm supposed to write an engaging teaser here so you'll reserve this book. Whatever. Read more...

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Salad Love

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You can, in fact, win friends with salad! Read more...

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No-Bake Treats: Incredible Unbaked Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, Pies and More

5

No need to skip dessert just because it's too hot to bake! Read more...

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The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

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Want to hear a business secret? It's not the people who work the hardest who are most successful, it's those who are happiest. Read more...

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Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

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Julie Zickefoose's awesome art and light-hearted prose about baby birds are a real tweet. Read more...

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Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs

4

Want to add some culture to your pop culture? Check out this hilarious little book! Read more...

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You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice

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Bad news, aficionados: Your tastes are prosaic and predictable. Oh, and they're not all yours either. Read more...

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It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool, Too)

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comedy = tragedy + time/rose wine Read more...

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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An unforgettable read about the importance of stable, affordable housing. Heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful. Read more...

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Dirty Words and Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment

4

Take a cinematic tour of the First Amendment. Or be like me and just cut to the naughty bits. Read more...

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Eat Street: The ManBQue Guide to Making Street Food at Home

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Food is messy. Food is loud. And most of all, food should be easy! Read more...

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs and most life on earth. Now, the human race is the asteroid. Read more...

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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

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In the crowded field of social psychology titles, Adam Grant's exploration on developing and nurturing new ideas is worth a look. Read more...

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Gratitude

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This graceful, grateful meditation on life and mortality is at once a celebration and a farewell. Read more...

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Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the End

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Nothing can make a loved one's passing easy, but this book can help you prepare to make the process better. Read more...

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Hitchcock

4

The greatest collaboration since Vichy. Read more...

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century

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A thrilling trip back in time to one of America's first true crime obsessions. Read more...

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Hold Still

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The famous photographer exposes her life in this brilliant, self-penned book. Read more...

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The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best

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The Navy SEAL's sniper corps is a place where legends are born. Brandon Webb lets us tag along for a look at the inner workings of this elite group. Read more...

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Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

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A hilarious and heartfelt look at what it means to be "middle-aged." Read more...

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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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A love letter to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Read more...

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Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir

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First love. Boy bands. Rifles. "Honor Girl" is a quirky and bittersweet coming of age story. Read more...

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Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home

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This is a great book that illustrates the healing power of food. Read more...

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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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At a point equidistant from the historical reverence of Doris Kearns Goodwin and the frat-house buffoonery of "Drunk History," we find Sarah Vowell. Read more...

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What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living On Your Terms

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Holiday parties? Endless shopping? Cookies for days? These tips on healthy living will give you a few reliable tricks to hide up your sleeve! Read more...

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H is for Hawk

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A story about grief and gratitude that is both brutal and beautiful. Read more...

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Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts and Misanthropes

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You won't believe the hot literary action that happens when these scribes leave their keyboards and inhibitions behind! Read more...

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

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Sharp, honest and vulnerable. A perfect pop culture memoir. Read more...

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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

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An entertaining and endearing look into the life of an Internet star. Read more...

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Rock 'N' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League

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Exploring the billions of stars in the cosmos, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Read more...

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

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If you think the heroin epidemic won't reach central Ohio, reporter Sam Quinones has bad news: it already has. Read more...

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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

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I'm not a novice, but I learned so much after reading this fun and informative food memoir. Read more...

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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

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Grammar nerds will love this witty memoir from a self-described "Comma Queen." Read more...

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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens

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As the school year ramps up, parents and students alike might want to review this enlightening book. Read more...

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Popular Crime

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Making the world safe for murder the way he did for on-base percentage. Read more...

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Endless Summer Cookbook

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This fresh, summer cookbook is sure to include something for everyone! Read more...

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Debunk It! How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation

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Fine-tune your baloney detector with this book of strategies, tips and real-life examples for how to identify and debunk misinformation. Read more...

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Review of My Cat

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At last, a chance to treat our feline "friends" with the same withering disdain they've always shown us. Read more...

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Listful Thinking

3

Fun for glazomaniacs (and non-glazomaniacs who want to learn) everywhere! Read more...

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Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

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Moses' 11th commandment: Don't Trifle with Jane Read more...

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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

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Fans of true crime and detective stories would do well to pick up this gripping, deeply-reported account of a South Los Angeles homicide. Read more...

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

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A breezy book about shame from the always affable and earnest Jon Ronson? Sure, sign me up! Read more...

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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

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You may think it's only about conspicuous consumption, lemming-like behavior and financial ruin, but don't worry, it gets worse. Read more...

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Martha's American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation's Most Treasured Dishes from Coast to Coast

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IS there anything more American than apple pie? If anyone can answer that, it's Martha Stewart! Read more...

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Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

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Typhoid Mary, a.k.a. the woman who refused to wash her hands. Read more...

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Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

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You know all that cynicism and contempt you have for Congress? Well, you might want to save some of it for the Supreme Court. Read more...

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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An eye-opening look at our justice system, and why we need to do better. Read more...

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Role Models

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His heroes have never been cowboys. Read more...

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

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The story of a rising ballet star, in her own words. So engaging, so good! Read more...

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Pizza: A Slice of American History

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After I read this book, I ate pizza every day for a week. What better endorsement is there? Read more...

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Government Issue: Comics For The People, 1940s-2000s

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There's nothing funny about these funny papers. Read more...

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Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture

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Part memoir, part history and part cultural anthropology, "Promise Land" offers a window into the world of the self-help industry. Read more...

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The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

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A revealing look at one of our most famous living authors. Read more...

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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From now on, all my friends are going to be strangers. Read more...

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Yes Please

5

Looking for a memoir that perfectly balances humor, honesty and words to live by? Yes, please! Read more...

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

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Do you love running? Do you sometimes hate it a little bit? This book is for you! Read more...

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El Deafo

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Able to hear a pin drop (or a teacher in the bathroom) from a mile away-- it's El Deafo! Read more...

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Holiday Cheer: Recipes and Decorating Ideas for Your Best Christmas Ever

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Every year I look for a new cookie recipe to share with the family around the holidays. I found a winner in this book! Read more...

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Tiny Beautiful Things

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The best advice anyone could possibly give. Ever. Read more...

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A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes, and Ideas to Bring Families Together

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I'm always looking for easy-to-prepare recipes with ingredients I can actually find in my kitchen. This is my new favorite cookbook. Read more...

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

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Doughty dishes about what it's like to be covered in people dust, and challenges readers to face their own mortality. Read more...

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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So what's more pleasant than deterioration, dementia and death? Read more...

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My Salinger Year

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You don't have to love J.D. Salinger to love this poignant literary memoir. Read more...

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Let's Talk About Love

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An indie music critic decided to write a book about the artist he most despised. What happened next took him on a journey to the end of taste. Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

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These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

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For anyone who's tried a little too hard to forget seventh grade, this memoir suggests it just might be worth remembering, no matter how awkward. Read more...

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Can You Survive in the Special Forces? An Interactive Survival Adventure

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I wanna be an Airborne Ranger, I'm gonna read about a life of danger. Sound off… Read more...

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Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun!

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The perfect companion to the library's Summer Reading Club, this book will get your family outside and exploring the great outdoors' many wonders! Read more...

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Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

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SanClements has convinced me. Plastic is our frenemy! Read more...

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Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat

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There are about 600 military working dogs. They are smart, strong and aggressive. I don't want to meet one. Read more...

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Mastering the Art of French Eating

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This book will delight the traveling foodie in all of us! Read more...

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of the B-Movies

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Never mind the teddy bear and blankie. These are my precious childhood memories. Read more...

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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea

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A history of the Chelsea Hotel, also known as the coolest building on Earth. Read more...

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Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

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An interesting, educational and sometimes humorous look at the American diet (from processed cheese to boxed cereal), and how it got that way. Read more...

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The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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A striking account of JFK's assassination. I just can't say enough about how fantastic a read this is. Read more...

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My Beloved World

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A candid and inspiring memoir of Sonia Sotomayor's journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...

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Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies

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Thoughtful discourse on topics ranging from football to gun control to songwriting, combined with awesome new and quotable curse words. Read more...

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Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: The 250 Most-Requested, Naturally Delicious Recipes from One of America's Best-Loved Restaurants

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My new favorite cookbook! I've been eating my way through it all winter. Read more...

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Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly

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Chicken soup for the soul of anyone who takes personal safety and personal growth seriously. Read more...

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I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

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The brilliant/stupid diary of a jerk-genius. Read more...

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Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

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I am in love with this cookbook! The recipes are so awesome, I am purchasing my own personal copy. Read more...

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

5

I've never laughed out loud at a book as much as I did reading this memoir. Recommended for anyone who likes their humor dark and strange. Read more...

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This is How: Help for the Self

5

This is why, for you, anything is possible. Because you are made of everything. Read more...

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

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This book will encourage you to take more time in your kitchen as you revel in the simplest of ingredients! Read more...

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Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In

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This is the perfect primer for anyone who loves to craft, create and lend a helping hand to their communities. Read more...

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The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

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This book should be mandatory reading for humans. Read more...

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How To Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language

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This book is fun and informative and full of great pictures! For the dog lover in everyone. Read more...

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A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley

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Believe it! You will like this book! Read more...

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Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

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Honestly, girls, I don't see what the problem is. Read more...

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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You know how people eat to live or live to eat? This is for us live-to-eaters. Read more...

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Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry

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Part company history and part turnaround story, "Brick by Brick" tells the engaging tale of innovation inside the LEGO empire. Read more...

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Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

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What's not to love about this adorable and inspiring craft book? Read more...

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The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

4

Fans of Mark Bowden's "Black Hawk Down" will appreciate this dense, detailed and, ultimately, heartbreaking story of modern war. Read more...

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Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work

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We make decisions all the time, but rarely consider how. "Decisive" changes that and offers a window into the decision-making process. Read more...

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

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Practical life advice that reads like a hilarious conversation with your best friend? Yes, please! Read more...

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Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

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Fairy tale poems that make sense whether you read them backwards or forwards-- and tell a different story each way. Read more...

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Sports Illustrated Kids Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball

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Baseball meets Top 10 lists! This book has everything: phenomenal photos, bountiful baseball and fascinating facts. Read more...

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The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi With Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries

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It doesn't live up to the greatest title since "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies," but how could it? Read more...

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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

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I saw this book and fell in love with the wildlife photos. Read more...

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Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

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Young widows are those unlucky people who have to make second chances for themselves. This is a story of overcoming the unthinkable. Read more...

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The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink

4

This is the perfect antidote for our era of processed foods and artificial additives; a recipe for how to enjoy food's simple pleasures. Read more...

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A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus

4

Rich in detail and filled with colorful characters, this historical guidebook provides a fascinating account of Columbus history. Read more...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

4

It's chock-full of stalking, snark and antidepressants. What more could you ask from a classic romance? Read more...

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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

4

Are stories an evolutionary adaptation, or are they an evolutionary side effect? Do they mirror reality or shape it? Read on and find out. Read more...

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The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

4

This book will change the way you look at the birds that are right outside your window. Read more...

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

5

True confession: A Rachael Ray book and the Internet taught me how to cook, but it was Smitten Kitchen that sealed the deal. Read more...

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Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, Organize, and Show Your Home Some Love

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Fun book for a new homeowner or experienced decorator. Great tips and a variety projects for any budget! Read more...

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Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

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An emotional story all parents should read, not just parents of LGBT youth. I wish every LGBT teen could have parents like this. Read more...

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The Happiness Project or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

5

If you've ever thought about becoming a happier person-- and let's face it, who hasn't?-- this is the book for you. Read more...

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The Onion Presents: Christmas Exposed

4

Ho, ho, ho? I don't think so. Read more...

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

5

A thoughtful and often hilarious must-read. Read more...

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Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour

4

Nothing will help you channel your inner Elvis like this pop-up, pop culture extravaganza. Read more...

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How to be a Woman

5

This book will change your life for the funnier. No worries, you can thank me later. Read more...

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

5

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen just how amazing this book is. It is an absolutely incredible true story of strength and determination. Read more...

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The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America

3

Take a break from election madness and listen to (or read!) this great audiobook about recapturing the American Dream. Read more...

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

5

Hands down, one of my favorite books of all time. Read more...

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How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening

4

Recommended if you like the humor of John Hodgman, Dave Eggers, McSweeney's or Amy Sedaris. Read more...

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Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

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Inspiring stories about women making a difference worldwide! Read more...

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Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love

4

I picked this up, giggled at the title and had a hard time putting it down to do anything else over the course of the few days it took me to finish. Read more...

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Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond

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If you like the TV show "Mad Men," but wonder what it was really like to be a woman on Madison Avenue, then this is the book for you! Read more...

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Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia

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When the American Dream goes horribly wrong, sometimes merely getting out of Dodge isn't enough. Read more...

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

4

How Will You Measure Your Life offers a unique perspective on charting life's course. Read more...

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The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches

4

This is perfect reading for a pennant race. Catch it! Read more...

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

4

After finishing this book, I could not stop thinking about it-- this memoir is both compelling and horrifying. Read more...

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Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 800 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More

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It's summer and a middle-aged man's fancy turns to love...of barbecue. And home fries. And enormous stacks of pancakes. Read more...

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Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

4

I've been practicing yoga for a little over a year, but you don't need to practice yoga to enjoy this book. Read more...

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Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

4

This memoir is rambling and child-like and a must-read for OSU hoop fans. Read more...

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Punching Tom Hanks: Dropkicking Gorillas and Pummeling Zombified Ex-Presidents: A Guide to Beating Up Anything

5

Intrigued by the title, I started reading this book. Pretty soon I was hooked (or would that be a jab?). Read more...

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

3

I heart baseball and had fun reading about the back-office side of the sport. Read more...

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InGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

4

If you only read one book on creativity, make it InGenius. Read more...

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

5

Every introvert should read this book. So should everyone who loves an introvert, teaches introverts, works with introverts or raises an introvert. Read more...

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MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend

4

Bertsche does a great job of explaining the trials and tribulations of "friend dating" in this fast, fun and enjoyable read. Read more...

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Bossypants

5

I am really sad that Bossypants is over, and to me, that is the mark of a great book! Read more...