Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Robert Michael Pyle
Laurie.
3

How do you tag a butterfly?  Pyle travels from Canada to Mexico with varying points in between following the migration of monarch butterflies.  I will never look at a butterfly the same way again!

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Katya McCall Walter
Laurie.
3

Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating.  A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100!  The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.

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William E Nothdurft
Laurie.
3

What?!  Why have we not heard more about this?  Pictures and everything!  If you think you've read everything there is to read on Egyptology, this will be a surprising read.

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Ralph Keyes
Laurie.
3

You can tell immediately which generation you belong to as you work through this fun history of verbal artifacts. 
 

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Terry Galloway
Laurie.
4

This memoir about Terry's life and her challenges -- deaf (with a little-d) and Queer (with a big-Q) -- will haunt you.  *Spoiler alert:  Don't read the chapter about her father's death while riding public transportation.*

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Benjamin Nugent
Laurie.
4

All things nerdy and wonderful!  Nugent combines his own personal history with the exploration of nerdiness.  Even if you aren't a nerd, chances are you know someone who is. 

 

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Paul Monette
Laurie.
4

In this 1992 National Book Award winner for nonfiction, Monette describes his life growing up gay in America asking "Why do they hate us? Why do they fear us? Why do they want us invisible?" 

What would your answer be?
 

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Hal Niedzviecki
Laurie.
3

No, not the fluffy sugary peeps you buy once a year but rather the possibly nosey, pervey peep that likes to watch people.  If you like reality TV, peeking into windows while on an evening walk, or even stalking on facebook, you MIGHT be a peep.

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Michel Foucault
Laurie.
4

I don't think I would have picked this title up had a customer not recommended it to me. It is a fasicnating exploration of tolerance, treatments, and the language of madness.

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Eddy Joe Cotton
angela
4

A narrative on the life of an American Hobo, this true story may be a modern day On the Road. At the age of 19, Eddy Joe Cotton left Denver and began riding the rails. Through his honest observations, the reader gets not only his personal experience, but also a compact history of the hobo in...

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Rosa Costa-Pau
Stefanie
4

¿Has visto los elefantes en su nuevo recinto en el Parque Zoológico de Denver? Si quieres saber más sobre los elefantes, este libro es para ti. Puedes aprender dónde viven, cómo se relacionan, qué comen, y mucho más.

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Becker
4

The Letter Q includes more than 60 writers, and what they would say to their teen selves if they could. All of these writers grew up to be proudly gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and their consistent message to their younger selves is that life will change, that it will change for the better. There's...

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Gideon Lewis-Kraus
Stefanie
5

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is funny, insightful and honest about himself and his journeys in this great memoir. It's a fantastic read!

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James Lileks
Emily
4

Hahahaa this book is amusing, upsetting, interesting, astonishing and informative. Written with  a smirk and a wink this book chronicles the misadventures of American cuisine from the so called "Golden Age of Salt and Starch" these "recipes" are gleaned from ads for food companies wherein...

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Diane Ackerman
Emily
5

Smell, Touch, Taste, Vision, Hearing and Synesthesia. Diane Ackerman writes beautifully about these topics making difficult science accesible, full of anecdotes and research one is left wondering how Ackerman could be so fully curious! I love everything this woman writes, pick this up and become...

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Gary Greenberg
Stefanie
5

Because of the book's topic, for some reason, I expected it to read a little like social commentary and a bit of self-help, but much to my delight, this book by a psychotherapist reads like great science writing. He presents research tracing the creation of depression as pathology and exposes...

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John McPhee
Stefanie
5

It doesn't matter if any of the topics McPhee writes about are personal interests of the reader or not. He makes them fascinating. His essays were completely engaging; I enjoyed this book immensely.

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Justin Halpern
seanamo
4

I've been a fan for a while of Justin Halpern's tweets about the outrageously funny random stuff his 73-year-old dad, Sam, says, but this book was so much more than I expected. It's not just a collection of the Twitter log that Justin created a year ago, it's a really heartwarming and funny...

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Todd Oldham
angela
3

A tribute filled with awesome photos and excerpts from interviews over the past 30 years. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more text! Definitely worth a look, even just for the photos.

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Raina Telgemeier
Becker
4

The author recounts her middle and high school years in this graphic format memoir that revolves around friendship, self-discovery, and dental work. What made Raina's middle school years even more trying than usual was the fact that she fell and lost her 2 front teeth when she was in 6th grade....

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Christopher Payne
Liberty
5

We now think of them as snakepits but state asylums were built on the premise of "moral treatment" in which patients were provided care, routine, entertainment, fresh air & enobling vistas. At one point, a half million Americans resided in asylums, leading to overcrowding & the desperate...

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Marissa Moss
Becker
4

Maggie Gee grew up watching the planes take off at Oakland airport, dreaming of taking to the air herself. In 1941, she got her chance to join the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, one of only 2 Chinese American women accepted into the rigorous program. Maggie's true story of wanting to...

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Mark Obmascik
james
5

Like a night out with the guys, except it involves climbing 14,000 foot mountains instead of poker and beer. An often humorous midlife crisis document of an overweight, stay-at-home dad who's goal was to summit all of Colorado's 14ers in one year. Some climbs involved man-dates with complete...

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Stefanie
4

This huge anthology can be read from beginning to end, but it is just as satisfying to pick and choose a poem, essay or speech as you wish or just flip through the sections of photographs. It includes pieces about individual encounters with the wild to political calls-to-arms to elegies for...

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Jennifer 8. Lee
Michelle
4

Ever wondered about fortune cookies - where they come from and why? Those cute takeout containers? Why there are so many Chinese restaurants and why so many seem the same? This quick read helps answer those questions and explores other interesting factors related to America's love of Chinese (...