Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Colleen Catherine Mondor
Becker
4

Some made mistakes. Some made bad decisions. And some crashed in seemingly sound airplanes on what looked like perfect days. Mondor spent time working as a dispatcher for a small company in Alaska that would fly just about anything--schoolkids, dead bodies, food and medical supplies, and...

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Annie Dillard
Emily
5

For such a short book this one is full of mindblowing prose, inspiring moments and touching truths about the writing life. Read it, then read it again!

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Luca Turin
Emily
4

This book really is a guide to perfumes, with succinct descriptions it discusses the signature scents of nearly every scent on the market. Rated on a five-star rating system the two authors work through a world of fragrance some scents are considered "depressingly bad"(Tribute by Mary Kay) while...

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Ruth Slavid
Emily
4

I have recently been obsessed with little buildings, I fantasize about treehouses, writers retreats, rustic cabins, mobile homes (not like you're thinking!) This book runs the gamut of little houses: some amazing, some hideous, some prototypes some actual little tiny mobile houses (see page 123...

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John Vaillant
Zac
4

This is the tragic, tantalizing tale of a tree.  A tree with anomalous golden needles that stood tall, radiant, and robust on the misty edge of British Colombia.  A tree that represented the past as it stood for the future.  A 300 year old Sitka spruce that was shockingly felled...

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Monica Randall
Liberty
5

I was so sad that this Armchair Architectural Salvage Adventure had to end.  Monica Randall grew up exploring the abandoned mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast and later grew up to live in one.  Rife with atmosphere, intrigue and history this is a true tale any historic...

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Nick Hornby
angela
4

A mixed tape in book form, this book of essays is a personal account of songs that have affected the life of the author of High Fidelity. It's not just a list of Hornby's favorites, it's also a funny and moving life story told through music.

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Dee Dee Ramone
angela
4

A gritty look at the experiences of a punk icon from his lonely childhood to life as one of the Ramones. A great backstage look for fans, an interesting story even if you're not.

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Sandor Ellix Katz
Michelle
3

Perhaps the Bible of fermentation?  Covers the gamut from history to philosophy to science to the art of fermentation, this book demonstrates the variety of ways people around the world have preserved foods in creative and practical ways.  I can't wait to try my hand at sauerkraut and...

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Josh Neufeld
Emily
4

This is a great graphic novel that depicts the lives of five groups of people as they deal with the coming of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. This book brought to light so much about the situation in New Orleans that got glossed over in the news. Gritty, terrifying, moving this...

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Alison Bechdel
Laurie.
5

You don't need to be a fan of Bechdel's comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, to appreciate her first graphic novel examining her relationship with her father who committed suicide.  Her graphic art and storytelling had me re-reading this...

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Bich Minh Nguyen
Laurie.
4

I like coming-of-age stories and enjoy them even more when you have clashes of both culture and parental units.  Nguyen uses humor to diffuse the pain of growing up Vietnamese in 1970's Michigan.

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Walter Anderson
Laurie.
3

Growing up I always looked forward to reading the PARADE section of the paper every Sunday.  When I saw that the editor had written a memoir, I grabbed the book.  Anderson discovers the family secret and finds out more about himself along the way.

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various
Laurie.
4

Smith Magazine asked readers of its online magazine if they could tell the stories of their lives in six words.  Like the human condition, they are sad, funny, and truthful.  One of my favorites: "I forgot my six-word memoir."

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Joshua Zeitz
Laurie.
3

Sometimes I think goth, punk, and the retro styles now seen are variations on the flapper rebellion of the 1920s.  Zeitz manages to bring scholarship to the topic without making the flapper's story too boring.
 

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William Styron
Laurie.
4

Initially I picked this book up because I love cigars. Upon reading, I was surprised it was a collection of personal essays, remembrances, of a very well lived life.  I wish Stryon were alive so I could buy him a drink and a cigar…I have so many questions.
 

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Melanie Rehak
Laurie.
3

If you want to stay blissfully ignorant about Nancy Drew being a real person, put this book down!

 

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Kyoko Mori
Laurie.
3

You don't have to like knitting to understand that Mori is using words like yarn to tell the true story of her life that has unraveled and how she knits it back together again.

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Lynne Cox
Laurie.
4

The writer describes her true adventure reuniting the baby whale (Grayson) with his mother in the Pacific ocean.  A whale of a story that makes you feel good!

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Robert Michael Pyle
Laurie.
3

How do you tag a butterfly?  Pyle travels from Canada to Mexico with varying points in between following the migration of monarch butterflies.  I will never look at a butterfly the same way again!

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Katya McCall Walter
Laurie.
3

Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating.  A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100!  The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.

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William E Nothdurft
Laurie.
3

What?!  Why have we not heard more about this?  Pictures and everything!  If you think you've read everything there is to read on Egyptology, this will be a surprising read.

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Ralph Keyes
Laurie.
3

You can tell immediately which generation you belong to as you work through this fun history of verbal artifacts. 
 

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Terry Galloway
Laurie.
4

This memoir about Terry's life and her challenges -- deaf (with a little-d) and Queer (with a big-Q) -- will haunt you.  *Spoiler alert:  Don't read the chapter about her father's death while riding public transportation.*

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Benjamin Nugent
Laurie.
4

All things nerdy and wonderful!  Nugent combines his own personal history with the exploration of nerdiness.  Even if you aren't a nerd, chances are you know someone who is.