Reviews and Blog Posts: nonfiction

Summer Hoops

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LeBron James is announcing his decision live on Thursday, July 8 at 9 PM ET on ESPN.

I was reminded while watching Hoop Reality, that only 1.2% of all college basketball players are recruited to the NBA. James is a very talented and lucky man.  A recent trip to watch the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks (sans an injured Candace Parker) had me wondering about the percentage of young women being recruited to the WNBA.

Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?

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Jancee Dunn first hit the literary scene with her memoir “But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl’s Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous,” published in 2006. Upon starting that memoir, I realized that
I already “knew” Jancee after all. A regular writer for Rolling Stone, Jancee was also an MTV “VJ” on the MTV2 network, and if there’s one thing I knew about as a teenager, it was MTV. Dunn’s
first book was mostly about her career in the music business and all the hilarity and fame brushing that ensued. This second non-fiction contribution (Dunn also has a novel) is a more personal affair, centering on her family life.

In her first offering, Dunn described getting away from her suburban roots and making a career in the male dominated rock journalism world. But as Dunn gets older, she deals with all of the issues that arise when

Smile

by Raina Telgemeier

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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...

The word snoop

by Ursula Dubosarsky

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Why do so many words in the English language have silent letters? What's the best way to create your own code? Do you like word games? This book answers all kinds of questions about our seemingly random language with jokes, stories, and engaging explanations that will help you understand spelling,...

Sky high : the true story of Maggie Gee

by Marissa Moss

DPL Rating:
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...

You are the first kid on Mars

by Patrick O'Brien

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What would it be like if you were the first kid to visit Mars? This book will show you what it might be like. First, read all about what it is like to travel in space. Then, see what the surface of Mars looks like and imagine how people might...

Food for thought : the stories behind the things we eat

by Ken Robbins

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Have you ever wondered where oranges came from or how edible mushrooms are grown? This book tells the facts and the stories behind fruits and vegetables. In some countries, the name for potato means "ground apple." Have you heard the Greek myth about pomegranates? All of these tidbits and more...

Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

by Jonah Winter

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This delightful picture book is an introduction to Gertrude Stein--her writing style (which the author imitates), her whirlwind life of parties with writers and artists in Paris, and her life at home with Alice B. Toklas. The bright pictures will draw in adults and children alike, and the text may...

The stuff of life : a graphic guide to genetics and DNA

by Mark Schultz

DPL Rating:
4

Did you ever wish that you understood what people were talking about when they mentioned DNA, RNA, and genes? Do you hear things about gene therapy and cloning and wonder how they really work? Or maybe you've just gotten to a section on genetics in your science class in school...

I'll pass for your comrade : women soldiers in the Civil War

by Anita Silvey

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Back during the Civil War, women could not join the military. But many women wanted to fight and joined the army disguised as men. This book talks about the reasons they joined up, the ways they had to disguise their identities, and how they got along once they were in...

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