Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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...

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Annick Cojean
Liz S
4

French journalist Annick Cojean writes an important but difficult-to-read account of the extensive system of sexual violence that existed in Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She uncovered this very secretive world of abuse while investigating women's role in Libya's revolution, a topic...

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Enrico Moretti
Josh
4

    I have always been curious about the impact of educated immigrants on the US economy and that is one of the topics Dr. Moratti explores in this book. As an immigrant himself he is adamant that something needs to be done to repair the via system since almost every year the H1B visas...

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Edward O Wilson
Robin
3

Do you have a young, budding scientist in your life? E.O. Wilson, the "Father of Sociobiology" and the creator of the online Encyclopedia of Life reflects back on his childhood, education, and career to...

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J. Maarten Troost
Charles
4

Travel author, Maarten Troost, has taken us to Kiribati, Vanuatu, Fiji, and now he heads to another Asian nation: China.  His no-nonsense relating of actual living conditions gives the average person a view of China that no guide book has gotten past the Chinese state censors.  Through...

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A. J. Jacobs
Charles
4

Millions of people on this planet believe in a higher power of some sort.  The Year of Living Biblically chronicles one agnostic man’s journey to try to understand what drives all of these people to believe what they do.  Despite being born into Jewish heritage, there are only two...

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Amanda Lindhout
Liz S
5

This is one of the best books I've read in 2013. A House in the Sky is a memoir by Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who, along with her  ex-boyfriend/fellow freelance photojournalist was kidnapped in Somalia while documenting the war there. Lindhout spends the first part of the book...

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Simon Doonan
L.F.
3

Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty...

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Felicity Aston
Becker
4

I love both adventure/travel memoirs and stories set in Antarctica, so I'm not sure how I missed this book when it came out several years ago--but I'm glad I found it eventually. Aston's story is unique in that she wanted to put together an international team of "ordinary women" to ski to the...

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David Harris-Gershon
KristinR
3

This memoir of one man's experience with Israeli-Palestinian terrorism confronts more than one singular experience. David Harris-Gershon includes in his narrative a rich and fair assessment of the conflict that continues to plague the Middle East. His own experience is Jewish, though his...

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Ann Mah
Becker
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in Paris...

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Lucy Knisley
Kristi
4

Do you know what a cheesemonger is? What can you eat in Japan if you are allergic to soy? Is it truly impossible to make the perfect croissant? is fast food evil? The author shares her life experiences that led her to discover the answers to these questions, plus a whole lot more, in this funny...

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Steve Sheinkin
CarolE
5

One fascinating story after another with great photographs of the people involved in the development of the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Sheinkin is adapt at sharing the telling details that bring the characters to life. Oppenheimer’s dates for example...