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21 Dog Years: a Cube Dwellers Tale by Mike Daisey (381.4500202854678 Dai)
1776 by David G.McCullough (973.3 McC)
About Alice by Calvin Trillin (814.54 Trill)
Aftermath: The Remnants of War by Donovan Webster (355.028 Web)
All Over But the Shouting by Rick Bragg (070.92 Bragg) Biography
Always Fresh by Ron Joyce (647.95092 Joyce) Biography
Amazon Extreme: three ordinary guys, one rubber raft, and the most dangerous river on Earth by Colin Angus & Ian Mulgrew. (918.110464 Ang)
The anatomist : a true story of Gray's anatomy by Bill Hayes (611.0092 Gray-H)
Angry Wind by Jeffrey Tayler (916.60433)
At Home: a short history of private live by Bill Bryson (643.1 Bry)
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn (811.6)
Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro (anything by her) (814.6 Notar)
Ava’s Man by Ricck Bragg (975.042092)
Babylon by Bus by Ray Lemoine & Jeff Neumann (956.70443)
The Bastard on the Couch by Daniel Jones (305.310973 Bas)
Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels In Search Of Canada by Will Ferguson (917.1047 Fer)
Better : a surgeon's notes on performance by Atul Gawande (616 Gaw)
Betting the House: Winners, Losers and the Politics of Canada's Gambling Obsession by Brian Hutchinson (363.420971 Hut)
Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange and Menacing World of Antarctica by Nicholas Johnson (302.3509989 Joh)
The Bitch in the House by Cathi Hanauer (305.420973 Bit)
Black like me by John Howard Griffin (305.896073 Gri)
Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green by Johnny Rico (958.1047)
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe (641.392)
Boy in the Moon:a Father's search for his disabled son by Ian Brown (362.196042 Bro)
The Bullpen Gospels by Dick Hayhurst (796.357092 Hayhu)
Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men by Souad (362.8292092)
Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself by Russell Wangersky (363.37092)
Children of the Raj by Vyvyen Brendon (954.00421 Bre)
The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival and Extreme Horticulture by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winter (364.154092321 Dyk)
Concubine’s Children by Denise Chong (971.1004951022 Cho)
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz (973.7 Hor)
Covert Entry: Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada’s Secret Service by Andrew Mitrovica (363.259310971 Mit)
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry Glassner
(306.09730904 Gla)
The Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald (971.622503 MacD)
The Curse of the Singles Table by Suzanne Schlosberg (306.8153092 Schlo)
Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas by John S. Burnett (910.45 Bur)
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim De Fede (971.804 DeF)
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger (364.15230974461 Jun)
Devil In the White City Erik Larson (364.15230977311 Lar)
Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires by Kristoffer Garin (387.5420973 Gar)
The Devil's Picnic: Around the World In Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit by Taras Grescoe (641.3)
Dewey:the small-town cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron (636.800929 Myr)
Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson by William Swanson (364.152309776581 Swa)
Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (362.509713541 Bis)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (814.54 Sedar)
Dry by Augusten Burroughs (813.6 Burro)
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (910.4 Gil)
Early Bird by Rodney Rothman (306.3809759 Rot)
The Eastern Starsby Mark Kurlansky (796.35709729382 Kur)
End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists by Taras Grescoe (914.0456 Gre)
Farewell, my Subaru : an epic adventure in local living by Doug Fine (333.72092 Fine)
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (394.10973 Sch)
Fat Girl by Judith Moore (362.1963980092 Moore)
The Film Club by David Gilmour (819.354 Gilmo) BIOGRAPHY
The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor by Penny Junor (941.0850922 Winds-J)
FOB Doc: A Doctor on the Front Lines in Afghanistan by Ray Wiss (958.1047092)
The Fourth Horseman:a short history of epidemics, plagues, famine and other scourges by Andrew Nikiforuk (614.49 Nik)
Fraud by David Rakoff (081 Rak)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (330 Lev)
Fried Eggs with Chopsticks by Polly Evans (951 Eva)
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte (363.7285097471 Roy)
Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live by Jay Mohr (791.4572 Satur-M)
Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost (919.59504 Tro)
The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada's Secret War by Carol Off (949.703 Off)
Girl Named Zippy by Harven Kimmel (977.264092 Kimme)
The Glass Castle: a memoir by Jeannette Walls (362.82092 Walls)
The Golden Spruce: a true story of myth, madness and greed John Vaillant (364.1640971112 Vai)
A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age by John Doyle (791.45015)
The Great Swim by Gavin Mortimer (797.210922 Mor)
Gretzky's Tears: Hockey, Canada and the Day Everything Changed by Stephen Brunt (796.926092)
Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden (955.0542 Bow)
The Guinea Pig Diaries (158.10207 Jacob)
The Guynd: A Scottish Journal by Belinda Rathbone (941.10859092)
Hard Line: Life and Death On The U.S. Mexico Border by Ken Ellingwood (972.1084 Ell)
Heat by Bill Buford (641.59455 Buf)
Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict by Seb Hunter (782.42166092 Hunte) Biography
Here: a Biography of the New American Continent by Anthony DePalma (970 DeP)
Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped our Recent History by Kati Marton (973.099 Mar)
High School Confidential: Secrets of an Undercover Student by Jeremy Iversen (373.18)
High Tide in Tucson : essays from now or never by Barbara Kingsolver (814.54 Kings)
Hitching Rides with Buddha: A Journey Across Japan by Will Ferguson (915.20449 Fer)
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald (954.56052 Macd)
Home Game:an accidental guide to fatherhood by Michael Lewis (306.8742092 Lewis)
Honeymoon With My Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner (910.4092 Wisne)
Houseboat Chronicles: Notes From a Life in Shield Country by Jake MacDonald (917.1 MacD)
Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad by David Eddie (305.33649)
How Shall I Tell the Dog and other final musings by Miles Kington (826.914 Kingt)
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer (327.1 Foe)
How Tough Could it Be? The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-At-Home Dad by Austin Murphy (305.3364092 Murph)
The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict by William Leith (616.85260092)
I Have Fun Everywhere I Go by Mike Edison (070.51092 Ediso)
I Love you More Than You Know by Jonathan Ames (813.54 Ames)
I Was told there'd be cake by Sloane Crosley (814.6 Crosl)
I’m A Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson(973.92 Bry)
I'm Sorry you feel that way by Diana Joseph (814.6 Josep)
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (919.40466 Bry)
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo by Michela Wrong (967.5103 Wro)
Incontinent o the Continent by Jane Christmas (914.50493 Chr)
Indian School Days by Basil Johnston (371.97970713 Joh)
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (949.2073092 Hirsi) Biography
Inside the Hermit Kingdom: a Memoir by Yi Sun-Kyung (915.190443 Yi)
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (917.98045 Kra)
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (796.522095496 Kra)
A Journal for Jordan by Dana Canedy (956.70443092 King-C)
A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle by Clark Andrews (343.71014)
The Know-it-all: one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world by A.J. Jacobs (031 Jac)
The Last Days of Henry VIII by Robert Hutchinson (942.052092 Henry-H)
Last Heathen: encounters with ghosts and ancestors in Melanesia by Charles Montgomery (919.5 Mon)
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (004.092 Pau)
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World : an entrepreneur's odyssey to educate the world's children by John Wood (370.917340954 Woo)
Let Me Go by Helga Schneider (306.8743 Sch)
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr (818.54 Karr)
Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (910.4092 Bryso) Biography
Lily Dale: the true story of the town that talks to the dead by Christine Wicker (133.90974795 Wic)
The Little Book of Stress Relief by David Posen (155.9042 Pos)
Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw (639.540974153 Gre)
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (966.404092 Beah)
Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman (910.41 McGre)
Lost Continent by Bill Bryson (917.3 Bry)
Lost Cosmonauts: Travels to the Republics that Tourism Forgot by Daniel Kalder (947.704)
The Lost Night: A Daughter's Search for the Truth of her Father's Murder by Rachel Howard (364.15230979458)
Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or, how he Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid by J. Maarten Troost (915.1046 Tro)
Love and Louis XIV:the women in the life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser (944.033092 Louis-F)
Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a time by Rob Sheffield (781.64092 Sheff
Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs (813.6 Bur)
Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut (813.54 Vonne)
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (814.54 Sedar)
The Men who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson (355.34340973 Ron)
Microthrills by Wendy Spero (792.7028092 Spero)
Miracle at Sing Sing: How One Man Transformed the Lives of America's Most Dangerous Prisoners by Ralph Blumenthal (365.9747277 Blu)
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (610.92 Farme-K)
My Heart is Africa by Scott Griffen (629.13096 Gri)
My Wedding Dress edited by Vintage Canada (392.540820971 My)
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova by Antony Beevor (792.028092 Tsche-B) Biography
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (914.104859)
Olga’s Story by Stephanie Williams (942.00491710092 Edney-W) Biography
On Writing by Stephen King (813.54 King)
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh (364.15230979494 Wam)
Orange is the New Black ** by Piper Kerman (365.43092 Kerma)
Orchid Thief** by Susan Orlean (635.934409759 Orl)
The Other British Isles by Christopher Somerville (914.104 Som)
Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, A Haunted Town and the Hidden History of White America by Cynthia Carr (305.896073077269 Car)
Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire by Simon Winchester (910.9171241 Win)
Paula by Isabel Allende (863 Allen) Biography
Pinochet in Piccadilly by Andy Beckett (303.4828304109045 Bec)
Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan to Organize Everything we Know by Randall E. Stross (338.761025040973 Str)
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs (813.6 Burro)
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat (365.45092 Nemat)
Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts by Steve Paikin (971.304092 Robar-P) Biography
Rare Ambition: the Crosbies of Newfoundland by Michael Harris (971.800992 Harri-C)
Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan (599.3521756 Sul)
The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association by Ed Willes
Revenge of the Land: a century of greed, tragedy and murder on a Saskatchewan Farm by Maggie Siggins (071.244 Sig)
A Richer Dust: Family Memory and the Second World War by Robert Calder (940.53092 Calde) Biography
The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative Dilemma by Jacques Poitras (971.5105 Poi)
Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner (320.019 Gar)
A River’s Tale : A Year on the Mekong by Edward a. Gargan (915.90453)
Rumspringa: to be or not to be Amish by Tom Shachtman (305.23508828973 Sha)
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (813.6 Bur)
Sacre Bleus by Taras Grescoe (971.4 Gre)
Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt (796.962092 Orr-B) Biography
Secret Formula: How Brilliant Marketing and Relentless Salesmanship Made Coca-Cola the Best-Known Product in the World by Frederick Allen (338.7663620973 All)
The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson (595.384 Cor)
Seldom by Dawn Rae Downton (971.80099 Wisem-D)
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost (306.099681 Tro)
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson (940.5451 Kur)
The Sharp End by James R. Davis (355.0092)
She Got up off the Couch by Haven Kimmel (813.6 Kimme) Biography
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore (364.15230973 Gil)
Silent night: the story of the World War I Christmas truce by Stanley Weintraub (940.4144 Wei)
The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved (791.4572)
Soldiers: Fighting Men's Lives by Philip Ziegler (355.0092241)
Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and its Legacy by Paul Hendrickson (305.800976209045 Hen)
The Sound of No Hands Clapping by Toby Young (070.92 Young)
Stalking the Elephant by James Laxer (973.929 Lax)
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (611 Roa)
Superstud by Paul Feig (306.708351 Fei)
Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire by Roy Moxham (382.45663940941 Mox)
The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer (070.92)
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (371.82209549 Mor) Biography
Through Siberia by Accident by Dervla Murphy (915.770486 Hur)
Thunderstruck by Eric Larson (364.15230942 Lar)
Time was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer (381.450020944361)
Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants by Jill Soloway (813.6)
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (302 Gla)
Toast: the story of a boy’s hunger by Nigel Slater (641.5092 Sla)
Tokyo My Everest: a Canadian Woman by Gabrielle Bauer (952.135049 Bau)
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner (150.92 Gildi)
Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places by Dave Bidini (796.962 Bid)
Truth and Beauty:a friendship by Ann Patchett (362.1969947160092 Greal-P)
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer (289.33 Kra)
Under the Tuscan Sun: at home in Italy by Frances Mayes (945.5 May)
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose (378.755671)
Virtual Clearcut: or, the way things are in my hometown by Brian Fawcett (971.182)
Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert Park (509.73)
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (796.510974)
War by Sebastian Junger (958.1047)
War Reporting for Cowards by Chris Ayres (070.44995670443)
Who do you think you are? : a memoir by Alyse Myers (974.7043092 Myers) Biography
Why people believe weird things: pseudoscience, superstition and other confusions of our time by Michael Shermer (133 She)
Why We Buy by Paco Underhill (658.834 Und)
Wikinomicsby Don Tapscott (658.046 Tap)
Windshift Line, Buffalo Jump by Rita Moir (819.85409 Moir)
Wonderland:A Year in the life of an American High School by Michael Bamberg (305.2350974885 Bam)
World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (303.4833 Fri)
The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer by John Doyle (796.334)
World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability by Amy Chua (303.6 Chu)
A Year by the Sea: thoughts of an unfinished woman by Joan Anderson (917.4492092 Ander)
Year of Living Biblically* by A.J. Jacobs (220 Jac)
Year of Magical Thinking** by Joan Didion (813.54 Did)
The Year that Changed the World by Michael Myer (943.0009048 Mey)
You’re Wearing That? By Deborah Tannen (306.8743 Tan)

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