Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Laurie Notaro
Laurie.
3

I like to laugh and a little TMI (too much information) from a writer doesn't bother me. What surprised me is Notaro's ability to totally shift gears and write an essay like "Ready or Not." Not only is Notaro funny, especially in dialogue with her husband, she can also deftly move from Gladys...

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Lloyd Kahn
ShellyB
5

What a cool book!  Lovely pictures of some of the most intriguing homes I've ever seen, along with interesting stories of each home's creation and the people who built them.  There are so many amazing, artistic, creative people within these pages, I just can't wait for you to meet them...

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Kendall H Brown
ShellyB
5

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!  Did I say beautiful?  I meant BEAUTIFUL!  Inspiration galore.

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Rob Sheffield
Becker
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to start. Widowed at...

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Chanrithy Him
Laurie.
4

Chanrithy Him quotes the lines from a familiar song "Chivith choun reang, choun pleang, Life sometimes has drought and sometimes has rain." Her story of surviving Cambodian death camps is told with simple, sharp imagery and a heightened sense of the physical world around her from the earth where...

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Nina Burleigh
Laurie.
4

Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great...

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Suzanne Marrs
Laurie.
4

If you write, let Welty school you. If you don't write, read the book for courage and begin. Marrs provides selections from Welty's personal correspondence, writings and interviews. I only regret not reading Marrs' biography on Welty first.

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Kinky Friedman
Zac
4

Dear Kinky, I have now read all of your books. More, please. I really need the laughs!
- Bill Clinton

Travelers can usually be divided into two distinct groups: those who want a "Learning Experience", and those who would rather kick back and do what the locals do (like...

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Jason Roberts
Laurie.
4

Blind and unable to walk without aid by the age of 25, James Holman (1786-1857) traveled the world and entered into seemingly unbelievable adventures. His knack for getting into crazy predicaments reminds me of Henry Fielding's fictional character Tom Jones. But unlike Jones, Holman's...

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Helen Thorpe
ShellyB
4

Denver's own Helen Thorpe does a great job of humanizing the issue of immigrants who have entered this country illegally and the long term affect this action has on the lives of their children.  She chronicles the personal experiences of four intelligent, ambitious girls from Mexico who...

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Pat Conroy
Steven
4

Novelist Pat Conroy was a talented basketball player in his younger years, but his college team never had that one championship season. In this touching memoir, he takes a wistful look back at his passion for the game, and his ill-fated quest for athletic glory. Even if you don't give a hoot...

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David Lynch
Laurie.
5

You don't need to "get" David Lynch to be wowed by this book. He describes the process of trolling the waters of consciousness via meditation to catch the big idea. I picture Lynch, however, surfing an undulating wave and art happens when he rides the crest. Either way, discipline is the core of...

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Robin Lane Fox
Laurie.
3

Fox has an enviable education from Oxford and unparalleled experience designing and tending gardens. Initially I was fearful his writing and stories would be inaccessible to me but the preface hooked me. His humor and love of gardens pulled this fantasy gardener into a world I had never visited...

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Laurie Rubin
Becker
4

What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into...

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Colette Rossant
Laurie.
3

First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I tried...

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Christopher Matthews
Debbie
5

This book  is written as if we can see and feel JFK up close.  Most of us knew where we were at the time of President Kennedy's  assassination.  This book is based on personal interviews.  You will discover his role in the Peace Corps, his stand on civil rights, his push...

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Alysia Abbott
Laurie.
5

Steve Abbott was a leading figure in the 1980s poetry scene, creating publications and organizing a community of poets including my personal favorites Judy Grahn and Robert Gluck. His passion for writing, building a community, and search for love meant he was not always present for his daughter...

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Joachim Neugroschel
Laurie.
4

Fans of short story anthologies and Yiddish (and who isn't), will enjoy this survey of from 1382 to 2000. Rich with imagery and human foibles, the stories introduced me to a literary world I had not visited before. Often I had to research words and biblical characters to fully appreciate...

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Marc Hartzman
Laurie.
2

If you're a fan of the eclectic and all things weird, this book may not surprise you. I kept asking myself "why"? If Harzman had interviewed the winning bidder for items like the 1970s paper wetnap, I would have liked the book better.  There were also...

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Alisa Statman
Liberty
5

Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims.  Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and  tells...

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Keith Boykin
Laurie.
5

How would you respond to growing suicides in your community? Keith Boykin responded by publishing a call to action through a collection of memoirs by African American and Latino men. Winner of the 2013 Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction, these raw...

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Gail Donohue Storey
Becker
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
5

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Becker
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I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...