Book Genre: Nonfiction

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L.F.
4

From the sinister patterns of tricoteuse Madame Defarge to the whimsy and caprice of today’s yarn bombings, knitting has long been a part of our culture.  The 21st century has seen a resurgence of this ancient craft worldwide.  Bestselling book author Ann Hood is editor of Knitting...

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David Kelley
Michelle
4

Written by the founders of IDEO design firm, this book is a great exploration of how to develop your own creativity (we all have it!) and build teams and processes for designing user-centric services and products. It has a lot of practical exercises.

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Joe Sacco
ShellyB
3

Palestine is a compilation of a comic book series chronicling the author's time spent in Israel and Palestine during the winter of 1991-1992.  Sacco does a great job of listening to the many people he meets and relaying their personal stories and experiences, and his art work...

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Malala Yousafzai
ShellyB
3

Malala does a wonderful job telling her story of growing up in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, daughter of a very forward thinking and education advocating father.  Her mother is quite traditional, yet supports both her husband and Malala in their efforts to speak against those who...

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Sarah Smiley
ShellyB
4

When their Dad is scheduled for a one year (or longer) deployment to Africa and one of the three Smiley boys comments that he will be most missed at the family dinnertime, the Smileys decide to try inviting someone over for dinner once a week to help fill the empty space and distract them from...

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J. Maarten Troost
Charles
4

Getting Stoned with Savages, written by Maarten Troost, is a look into the lives of Pacific Islanders on Vanuatu and Fiji.  I must say Troost is by far my favorite travel writer.  He certainly does not sugarcoat things, saying the food is “good” when in reality it is old canned meat....

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Melissa Sweet
lisab
4

Tony Sarg. a puppeteer of renown, was approached by the Macy Department Store to decorate their Christmas windows. Tony was then asked to help with the employee’s holiday parade and by using his creativity with puppets; the balloons we see today in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade are the final...

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Jesse Walker
KristinR
3

In The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker argues that American conspiracy theories do not necessarily define us as a culture, but the fact that we believe in conspiracy theories does define us as a culture.  Therefore, Walker suggests,...

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Tony Perrottet
Shanna
4

This nonfiction book explores the seamy side of history, covering topics from Napoleon's stolen penis to Casanova's pick-up lines.  Packed with historical facts and tongue-in-cheek humor, this book will keep you laughing.  Sex isn't the only thing that Tony Perrottet covers, though;...

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Karen Elliott House
KristenA
5

​Karen Elliott House, a former political reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize, reported on politics in Saudi Arabia for many years. During that time, she says, she became more and more fascinated by the "ordinary" Saudis she met ​​and by their culture. It reminded her of the conservative,...

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Kathleen Flinn
Liz S
2

I really enjoyed The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry, Kathleen Flinn's previous book, which details her decision to leave behind her office job and move to Paris to attend the Cordon Bleu. 

Unfortunately, this book was a big let down. The Kitchen Counter...

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Rebecca Musser
Liz S
4

Written by an ex-member of the fundamentalist church of latter day saints (FLDS), Rebecca Musser was at one point the nineteenth wife of the group's then-prophet (he went on to have over forty wives). She describes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, especially of young girls, some of...

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Malcolm Gladwell
Nikki
3

I have read many of Gladwell’s books and I always enjoy then even while remaining skepical about some of his reasonings.   In his newest book, Gladwell takes on the underdog story and the idea that the giants of the world  always have the upperhand in regards to advantages while...

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Gunnar Hansen
Ken
3

This was a cool little book, it's probably only going to appeal to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or horror movie fans, but they should find it interesting. The thing I really liked is that it was written by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original movie. The first two thirds of the book...

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Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
L.F.
3

Contemporary American poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge has released a new collection of poems titled Hello, the Roses.  This Beijing-born poet was awarded the American Book Award in 1980 and 1984, the Asian American Literary Award in 1998 and 2004, and the PEN West Award in 1990. ...

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Ken Ilgunas
Liz S
4

Ken Ilgunas's memoir, Walden on Wheels, presents the all too common experience of the debt-ridden liberal studies college graduate with few prospects for gainful or meaningful employment. At the age of 18, the author unwittingly takes out about $35,000 in loans for his undergraduate...

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Ken Jennings
Charles
4

Don’t cross your eyes, they’ll get stuck that way!  Wash your hair daily to keep it clean!  You’re wasting food while children are starving in (insert country)!  All of these things and many others are told to countless children by their parents and grandparents.  Although...

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Chuck Close
Laurie.
5

I am a BIG fan of the books published by Abrams Books for Young Readers and quickly pounced on their new biography about Chuck Close, an American painter best known for his BIG paintings of the human face. Face Book is a massaged and amped up presentation based on an...

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Jennifer S Holland
Emily
3

This is a super charming book about mismatched loves in the animal kingdom. Anecdotes gathered from wildlife sanctuaries and backyards, some of these animal pairings will have you scratching your head- like the one with the pit bull and the boa constrictor. Hrm... But a really sweet coffee table...

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Naoki Higashida
Hope
5

This book was fascinating.  The author, a 13 year old Japanese boy with autism, constructed his answers by using an alphabet grid that was then transcribed by an assistant. Naoki Higashida takes on people’s questions and assumptions about being a child with autism and his answers are...

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Allie Brosh
Becker
4

Alternating between meditations on inner life (depression, self-worth, self-perception), childhood anecdotes (an obsession with eating a whole cake, getting lost in the woods), and dog stories (trying to train a dog who just doesn't get it), this book made me laugh out loud in places. It also...

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David J Pelzer
Charlissa
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I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about child abuse. But I did expect it to be good, moving, touching, heartbreaking, sobering, or inspiring in some way. It was not. This was the worst book I have ever read.

A Child Called “It” was not much more than a list of all...

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Kayli Stollak
Manon
5

If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud funny, insightful book, I would highly recommend reading Kayli Stollak's new book.  Kayli, a twenty-four-year-old bartender, is coming out of a serious, long-distance relationship.  She had expected it to eventually result in marriage, but she...

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Susan Casey
Zac
4

As far as nature goes, it's safe to say that the ocean acts as a kind of ambassador to the unknown, and Susan Casey’s The Wave, unfettered, dives right in.

Water, as it is in nature, has an undeniably humbling way of reminding us that we’re not in control. The more we try to...

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Rebecca Musser
Debbie
4

Rebecca Musser shares her experiences with the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, an extreme polygamist sect of the Mormon faith.  She became the 19th wife of 85 year old, Prophet Rulon Jeffs.  After years of abuse, she escapes from the culture she truly believed in...