Winter 2020-2021 Non-Fiction Gift Guide

Ah, there's nothing like a brand new gift guide, am I right? The following are a selection of (mostly) new books we think would make great gifts. Some are political, most are not because, let's face it, we're all pretty exhausted. 

If none of these are what you're looking for, please do give us a call or send us an email for recommendations! (Oh, and please note that our website is tied into a wholesaler's warehouse and we often have titles in stock that the website lists as being backordered)

In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties

Humans By Brandon Stanton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250114297
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2020

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

"Just when we need it, Humans reminds us what it means to be human . . . one of the most influential art projects of the decade.” —Washington Post

Brandon Stanton’s new book, Humans—his most moving and compelling book to date—shows us the world.

Solutions and Other Problems By Allie Brosh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982156947
Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020


For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art By James Nestor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213616
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR

Everything Is F*cked By Mark Manson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062956569
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - November 24th, 2020


Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580059510
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Published: Seal Press - December 1st, 2020

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, an  “illuminating” (New York Times Book Review) history of white male identity.

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power?

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) By Pekka Hamalainen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300255256
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Published: Yale University Press - October 13th, 2020

The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America’s history
Named One of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019 • Named One of the 10 Best History Books of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine • Winner of the MPIBA Reading the West Book Award for Narrative Nonfiction

Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention By Ben Wilson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543460
Published: Doubleday - November 10th, 2020

In a captivating tour of cities famous and forgotten, acclaimed historian Ben Wilson tells the glorious, millennia-spanning story how urban living sparked humankind's greatest innovations.
“A towering achievement.... Reading this book is like visiting an exhilarating city for the first time—dazzling.” —The Wall Street Journal

A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Ear By Chris Smaje Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603589024
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 21st, 2020

A modern classic of the new agrarianism

"Chris Smaje...shows that the choice is clear. Either we have a small farm future, or we face collapse and extinction."--Vandana Shiva

"Every young person should read this book."--Richard Heinberg

Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing By Peter Guralnick Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316412629
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 27th, 2020

By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll.

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Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time By Philip Clark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306921643
Published: Da Capo Press - February 18th, 2020

THE DEFINITIVE, INVESTIGATIVE BIOGRAPHY OFJAZZ LEGENDDAVE BRUBECK("TAKE FIVE") In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader.

Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris By Arthur J. Magida Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635188
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 9th, 2020

A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2020

The captivating story of the valiant Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of an Indian Sufi mystic and unlikely World War II heroine.

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future By Jill Lepore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631496103
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Published: Liveright - September 15th, 2020

Longlisted • National Book Award (Nonfiction)
Best Books of 2020 • Financial Times
Best Books of Fall 2020: O, The Oprah Magazine, The Observer,
Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2020: TIME

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle By Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This book is a gift! I’ve been practicing their strategies, and it’s a total game-changer.”—Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dare to Lead

Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land By Noe Alvarez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948226462
Published: Catapult - March 3rd, 2020

In this New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala in this "stunning memoir that moves to the rhythm of feet, labor, and the many landscapes of the Americas" (Catriona Menzies-Pike, author of The Long Run).

The Lost Spells By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781487007799
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Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells, a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults.

Vesper Flights By Helen MacDonald Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of H is for Hawk and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, comes a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.

Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells By Harold McGee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594203954
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Published: Penguin Press - October 20th, 2020

The ultimate guide to the smells of the universe – the ambrosial to the malodorous, and everything in between – from the author of the acclaimed culinary guides On Food and Cooking and Keys to Good Cooking