Reading The Beats: A Graphic History is a unique way to learn about the lives of three Beat Generation authors: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. After giving complete biographies of these three authors, the remainder of the book gives a blurb about some...
Book Genre: Nonfiction
Culled from New York Times interviews from its weekly Corner Office feature, these are short and important lessons from successful CEOs in various types of organizations.
Read by the author himself, a mistake, the content itself is good if you are interested in easy to understand tips for improving your daily and long-term health.
Are you an introvert? Is your significant other one? How about one of your kids or a sibling? I’ll bet some of your coworkers are. The fact is that they are all around us contributing in ways that the world’s extroverts don’t always acknowledge. The author gave me so much food for thought:...
If open to the ideas, this book could change your life! Popper, Founder and Executive Director of the Wellness Forum Institute of Health Studies, explains in clear, understandable terms why a plant based diet can improve one’s health and lower health care costs and why the health care industry,...
I began this book with great excitement as I lived this history! Imagine my dismay when half-way through, the author seemed to lose her oomph and began what felt like a recitation of dates, space flights and astronaut names. Gone were the intimate descriptions of what the wives and kids did...
In November of 2004, Frank Warren printed 3,000 blank post cards with three words printed in bold on the back: “Share A Secret.” It was a simple idea for a group art project. To anomalously write down a secret you had never told anyone, decorate the card however you like and mail it to
I first picked up this book a couple of years ago when I had gotten back into running, but for one reason or another I didn’t get past the first couple of chapters. This time around, I was stuck on an interminable bus ride, and had no choice but to read (listen to) the whole thing. And then I...
I picked up this book because I wanted to give audiobooks another chance. I figured this would be a safe choice since it’s read by Jim Gaffigan, and I already know I love listening to Jim Gaffigan. There’s certainly no one else I would be willing to listen to talk about parenthood. Some of this...
Not five pages into this book, I was crazy hooked and kept needing to share interesting trivia with whoever happened to be around me. The book follows the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and chronicles their scientific progress. It also moves forward in time, covering the historical...
As someone who loves to consume popular culture, I am always on the lookout for materials that make me feel less guilty about this consumption. I Wear the Black Hat fits the bill nicely. Author Chuck Klosterman explores those age old questions like: why do we like Luke...
If you consider yourself an adventurous diner, or even a “foodie,” I doubt you have tasted escamoles, fried ant larvae. Dana Goodyear examines the new American curiosity of dining on the unknown, the living, and the endangered. In some of our largest cities across American, there is an...
I like reading health books but don't enjoy applying the information. After several people recommended Wheat Belly, I downloaded the audio ebook version. Dr. Davis makes a compelling argument with data and patient case studies for changing the role of grains in our diet. The biggest detractor...
Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression....
I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...
This review is going to be necessarily short--a reflection of the amount of passion I felt for the book while reading it (and also a reflection of the fact that I finished it a month ago, and my memory is fading fast). So I apologize for the disjointedness of this review.
First, I knew...
Jane Austen is one of the few authors who can effortlessly straddle high culture and pop culture, and who has inspired an entire industry of books, films, academia, and action figures. Deborah Yaffe writes about this phenomenon in her book Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of...
This book was a total let down, and not for lack of potential. The evolution of modern surfing, from its golden days in the ‘50s and ‘60s to the money driven reality it is today, is an intriguing and relevant story. But when everything is said and done, Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to...
While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal...
I wanted to like this book. I had heard good things, but apparently I have been spoiled by modern narrative non-fiction. Cahill runs through pre-medieval history, spending FAR too much time on Rome and Greece (1/3 of the book), in strict chronological order and never really weaving a story, or...
Gonzo acts as a flickering, allusive evocation of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s life. It serves well as a reminder that Thompson was much more than his popular caricature. That in fact, Thompson was a writer, with the soul and drive and terrible, bottomless heartache that we associate with...
The Librarian of Basra is a true story of a brave woman named Alia Muhammad Baker who saves her library collection in the war-stricken country of Iraq. Alia runs the local library and saves 30,000 books when war threatens their destruction. Unfortunately, she is not able save the...
Informative about what types of fruits and vegetables are nutritious and which types to leave in the bin, this is also very interesting and entertaining.
I'm a sucker for Michael Pollan. This time he covers the history of food by looking at how we cook with air, fire, water and earth.
Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s by Michael L. Cooper is a great introduction to The Great Depression for kids and teens.
Dust to Eat includes anecdotes from John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, offering readers a connection to other media,...
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