Staff Picks Non-Fiction 2012

Some of our favorite non-fiction books of 2012:

Not Taco Bell Material  – Adam Carolla. The popular podcaster and author of the best-selling In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks collects new favorite rants about things that drive him crazy, sharing stories from his underdog youth that offer insight into his views and career.
Yes, Chef  – Marcus Samuelsson. The Top Chef: Masters winner and James Beard Award-winning proprietor of Harlem’s Red Rooster traces his Ethiopian birth, upbringing by an adoptive family in Sweden and rise to a famous New York chef, sharing personal insights into his challenges as a black man in a deeply prejudiced industry. First Chapter

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling – Quinn Cummings. Citing a rising number of homeschooled children in America, a blogger and Oscar-nominated child actor recounts her misadventures in first-time homeschooling, an endeavor marked by her own math aversion, experiments with current trends and a chaperone venture at a home-school prom.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking - Susan Cain. A former Wall Street attorney, business coach and creator of demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in today’s culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples to counsel readers on how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations and empower introverted children.


Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man – Mark Kurlansky. A profile of eccentric genius inventor Clarence Birdseye chronicles how his innovative fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture. By the best-selling author of Salt: A World History.First Chapter  Table of Contents


The Power of Habit  – Charles Duhigg. Identifying the neurological processes behind behaviors while explaining that self-control and success are largely driven by habits, a guide by a Yale-educated investigative reporter for The New York Times shares scientifically based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits. First Chapter  Table of Contents
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Deb Perelman. The award-winning blogger for Smitten Kitchen presents a long-awaited first cookbook of 100 new and favorite recipes, from Mushroom Bourguignon and Pancetta to Buttered Popcorn Cookies and Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake, in a volume that features adapted options for busy home cooks.Table of Contents

The Dirt Candy Cookbook - Amanda Cohen.Complemented by engaging graphic-style art, an all-vegetable cookbook by New York City’s Dirt Candy restaurant explains how to prepare elaborate and satisfying meals with ingredients usually relegated to side dishes, in a volume that offers such options as Stone-Ground Grits with Tempura Poached Egg, Broccoli Rabe Fettuccini and Popcorn Pudding With Butterscotch Sauce.

Soldier Dogs – Maria Goodavage.In this book, the author, a leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs’ extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them.
Upcycling Celebrations  – Danny Seo. The author of Upcycling returns with 100 more projects illustrated in full color–this time focused specifically on parties and holidays–that turn ordinary objects into festive decorations, gifts and more.

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