Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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
1

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...

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Frank (Frank C.) Warren
ShellyB
4

Frank Warren invited people to send him secrets anonymously on postcards as part of a community art project.  Some are fantastically artistic.  Some are insightful.  Some are heartbreaking.  Some are deep.  Some are dark.  Some are very dark.  All are...

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Marcus Samuelsson
L.F.
4

An unpretentious Marcus Samuelsson recounts his journey from BOY to CHEF to MAN in his memoir, Yes, Chef.   His list of accolades is impressive and long, so just a few highlights will be mentioned.  Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star rating from...

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Laura Hillenbrand
Becker
4

It seems like everyone has read this book already, but it took a personal recommendation for me to pick it up, and I'm so glad that I did. Not because I enjoyed the story--this harrowing portrait of how people can treat each other was hard to read at times--but because I feel like I learned...

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Drew Magary
Bobby
4

I teared up both from Magary's hilarious storytelling and his ability to convey the sincere love and fear that comes with parenting.  Magary captures what it feels like to be a parent of young children with brutal honesty and humility.  His stories about sleep-deprived...

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Louise Bates Ames
lcole
4

I borrowed this classic parenting book to read on my Kindle.  The original book was published in 1976.  As I read the book, I was reminded of how much our world has changed since the 1970s.  The book is written in a more formal style than most current books and the content...

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John Lewis
Laurie.
5

Unbelievably, Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) was not awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the Civil Rights Movement until 2011. In March, book one of a planned trilogy, I learned about Congressman Lewis' life as a young boy in Alabama and his families migration...

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Norman Doidge
ShellyB
5

Fascinating!!!!!  Written by a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, this is an intriguing, engrossing look at the history of the discovery (make that discoveries) of the amazing plasticity of the human brain, including several case studies highlighting the brain's flexibility.  The case of...

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Matt Doeden
Mary P
4

I fell in love with William and Kate when they announced their engagement.  That love continued to grow as I watched their wedding...yes, all of it...and now it's even stronger after the birth of their baby, George.  I have always viewed their relationship as something out of a fairy...

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Annie Dillard
Jennifer D
5

Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...