Misc Non-Fic Recommendations (Biography/History/Music/Business/Social Science/etc...)

By Rainy Retreat Books

By Rainy Retreat Books

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Tom Holland

$17.95 $16.51

Tom Holland's masterpiece chronicles arguably one of the most ineresting times in all human history. As heard on Dan Carlin's 'Hardcore History'. -Bretlan (Tori's brother)


David Sedaris

$16.99 $15.63

Irreverent and hilarious. David Sedaris can do no wrong. Well, at least when it comes to writing an entertaining book. -Tori (Bretlan's sister)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

David Sedaris

$17.99 $16.55

Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris

$16.99 $15.63

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated f

Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

$18.00 $16.56

This book could change your life. This isn't get-rich-quick advice. This is a book to change your relationship with money to make you HAPPY. -Alexei (co-owner)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed

$16.95 $15.59

Finding one's way back after becoming lost can be one of the most difficult journey's we as humans can do. In 'Wild', Cheryl Strayed takes us along on her adventures and heartache from her childhood to her 1000 mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. As she opens up to the world while bearing her soul through her writing, you soon realize that no matter how difficult life gets, you just need to keep going forward. This book is definitely one of the best memoirs that I have recently read. -Greg (former employee)

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

$15.00 $13.80

Showing the limits of words when describing the majesty of life, this remarkable narrative blurs the boundaries between heartfelt memoir and academic study. A humbling insight into gender identity, parenthood, kink and love. -Tommaso (Sara's friend)

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

Daniel Pool

$18.00 $16.56

Love the Victorian era but confused by the details? 'What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew' fills you in on al those dining, dressy and social etiquettes tripping up your favorite heroines on their route to happily ever after. -Randi (loyal customer)

Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

Rob Sheffield

$16.99 $15.63

The Beatles broke up over 50 years ago, yet I and so many others are still obsessed. Why is Beatles fandom so enduring. This book delves deep into Beatles lore and fandom to come up with an answer. You'll be pulling out all the albums to listen along. A highly entertaining read to any fan. -Alexei (co-owner)

In a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson

$18.00 $16.56

A book that actually made me want to watch an entire game of cricket. It's THAT good. -Tori (co-owner)

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson

$8.99 $8.27

Fun read. Read it. I'm bad at reviews. -Alexei (co-owner)

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$8.95 $8.23

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Robin Diangelo

$16.00 $14.72

The bad news: as white people, we can be really nice and still be racist without even knowing it. The good news: we can read this book, be open to learning and understanding, and do better. I found this book firm but not at all harsh, intellectual but practical and accessible, and the perfect mix of challenge and inspiration. Pairs well with Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. -Sara (employee)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

$17.00 $15.64