Staff Picks - Nonfiction

Created on April 21, 2021, 4:59 pm

Last Updated April 21, 2021, 5:04 pm

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Gottlieb, a long time editor and publisher (Knopf, The New Yorker, etc.) has written a memoir of his life in books, full of anecdotal fun stuff. AT 88 years old, Gottlieb knows everyone and has ready everything and this is the book to prove it. A must for bibliophiles. - Diane K
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With a son heading to middle school, I have found this book helpful with providing my child the tools to succeed. I also now have more patience after learning how a boy's brain develops. This is a great resource for parents! - Connie W
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This bitingly witty comic biography highlights the stories of indomitable women from all over the world and history. The artwork conveys the stories beautifully. - Brit A
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A searing collection written from a kaleidoscope of voices about the assassination of Medgar Evers. With only Evers's voice missing, these incredibly moving poems pack a lingering punch. - Jennie R
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Alexa Von Tobel's new book is a refreshing and straight forward read on personal finance in today's digital world. She shows you how to easily leverage tools to improve how you earn, save and invest. A quick but good read! - Alexandra S
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A dual narrative of two sisters growing up in the IRA, and ten siblings searching for truth after their mother was disappeared. Meticulously researched but a gripping read, this page-turner uses Jean McConville's murder as a lens to shed light on the Troubles writ large. - Jennie R
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A fascinating look into the little-known world of freight shipping, without which international commerce would grind to a halt. Amazon drones, move aside. - Kathleen C
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A fascinating account of Alaska's 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. Focusing on the people who lived it, and the scientists who studied it, Fountain's vivid writing makes the time come alive in. A surprising page-turner. - Jennie R
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If you've always been a fan of darker fairy tales, this translation is for you. Disney's Aladdin, this is not. Meet lazy and indolent Aladdin in China who is lured by a North African magician to retrieve a magical lamp. The story is as old as time but the feel is fresh. - Karen G
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Reminiscent of get rich quick schemes, Paula searches for happiness with new adventures including dance lessons, family movie day, and volunteering. Using a combination of wit and honesty, Paula left me laughing, cringing, and hoping the search for happiness never ends. - Sarah C
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Through 15 tracks on a tape, music writer Rob Sheffield shares the story of how he fell in love, both with music and with his wife Renée. It is a seriously romantic love letter, but it will also break your heart, so be careful reading it in public--I cried on an airplane - Nico P
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For Ibtihaj Muhammad to become the first Muslim-American woman to medal at the Olympics it took skill & practice--but she also had to fight to find money to pay for her competitions & to find her place in a sometimes unfriendly sports world. Her story's one of perseverance! - Nico P
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In this timely memoir, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas details his life as an undocumented citizen and humanizes his struggle to belong. He raises an often overlooked issue - the reason for migration in the first place. - Alexandra S
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Fake news might be a trending topic today, but in 1938 (when radio was a major source for news), a Sunday night drama started a national panic. This look at "The War of the Worlds" is perfect for families, it's exciting, has just enough background & lots to talk about. - Nico P
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Caitlin seeks to understand our cultural fear of death. Working at a crematory and attending mortuary school, she describes the death industry practices and cultural norms that often leave the bereaved with little control of and far removed from the death process. - Sarah C
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Feel confident about car ownership and maintenance. Written by a female auto mechanic, this easy-to read and empowering guide will give you tips from DYI auto care, useful illustrations to understand the inner workings of a car, and how to talk an auto mechanic. - Alexandra F
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An incredibly moving memoir of growing up in poverty that is both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring. The author's unbreakable spirit, intelligence, wit and family bonds result in a mostly happy ending in spite of some astonishing odds. - Patricia W
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Written by author and New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, this book outlines an approach to eating vegan "part-time" as part of a health make over. Bittman's approach is simple and apparently effective - recommended for those wishing to test drive a vegan diet. - Patricia W
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Through well-written short essays, the author shares stories of his time working on an ambulance in Queens in the late 1960s. The author's writing style is direct, the result of which is the reader seeing and feeling the calls along with the author. - Sarah D
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Instead of prescribing a "one size fits all" solution, Tate offers different solutions for different work styles, encouraging readers to use the elements that work best for them. Real world, practical advice covers everything from project meetings to office decoration. - Jennie R
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