Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Kristen M
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and...

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Susan E Isaacs
Angelita
3

I enjoyed this book because the author asks so many questions that we often times ask our God. But as she goes through her trials and tribulations, so understand why she's questioning the actions of God and the universe. I easily put myself in her shoes.

I love the humor that is put in...

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David Sedaris
Rebecca
3

As I have previously noted, I have an unfortunate inability to connect with a lot of comedy. I'm not sure why this is, but it's true of most comedy media, whether books or movies or stand up or sitcoms. 

I do, however, like...

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Tom Rath
Bobby
3

In this book, Rath recognizes the unhealthy state  of our country and attempts to suggest simple, yet impactful steps toward greater health and happiness.  As the title suggests, everything revolves around eating right, moving more, and sleeping better.  Rath does an...

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Russell Means
IAmGenesis
4

Russell Means writes about his sometimes tumultuous life growing up as a Northern American Indian in a reservation, of his involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), and of his consistent fight against injustice. This book is written at a leisurely pace and is easily readable. What...

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Jon Katz
Becker
3

A sweet, quick read, Katz recounts how his now wife Maria and her dog Frieda came into his life. Katz and Maria met when they were each married, and neither imagined that those marriages would fall apart, or that their deep connection, fueled by their creativity (Maria is a fiber artist, Katz a...

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David C. (David Chandler) Robertson
Laurie.
3

If you've ever wondered what's behind those plastic LEGO bricks that captivate children of all ages, this book is for you! Robertson has all the right business credentials (Wharton, McKinsey) and unfettered access to the Danish firm to tell LEGO's company story. Robertson doesn't stop there,...

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Richard Phillips
Liz S
4

I actually listened to this as an audiobook, and I recommend this format if you are interested in Richard Phillips' story. I heard an interview with the author on Fresh Air a while ago, and then saw the Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie version of the story, Captain Phillips. It is a...

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Mindy Kaling
Adelina
3

Mindy takes us along on her re-telling of her life and career thus far up (to 2011, the time of the book's publication). Listening to her talk about her childhood, young adulthood and career. I listened to the audio book read by the author. I think it was more satisfying to listen to her telling...

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Karen Levine
Dana F
4

I listened to the audible book version of Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story. It is a quick listen, only two discs. I am drawn to Holocaust stories, especially nonfiction works, but, as we all know, the subject matter is difficult to take. Hana’s Suitcase is a children’s book, but its non-graphic...

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Dave Isay
Adelina
5

This book is a collection of StoryCorps stories with the theme of love. "All There Is" groups the stories into love found, love lost and love found at last. StoryCorps is an American oral history project recording the voices and emotions of their storytellers. I listened to this book on audio...

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Andrés Vera Martínez
Bobby
4

This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into post-Mao Chinese society through the eyes of a child.  The stories are well told by appealing to a child's sense of curiosity and introduce readers to the cultural climate of the period such as nationalism, mythology, and rural/urban divides .  ...

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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...