Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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
0

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
0

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
0

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...

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Melanie M. Hoffert
Laurie.
5

Melanie thinks she has a dilemma: how to tell the state of North Dakota she is gay.  In reality, Melanie's memoir is more about reconciliation and acceptance. Her journey back to herself is told by the landscape and the people she once called home. No interaction is too small to provide...

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Chris Roberts
Laurie.
4

A quick read and soft handed exposé of a few popular English nursery rhymes. I especially enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world in which they were written and appreciate the glossary and source notes.

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Mark Forsyth
Laurie.
3

I enjoy reading Mark Forsyth's blog (http://blog.inkyfool.com/) and his fascinating histories behind words. His playful tone can sometimes border on pontificating, especially if you aren't cozy with the OED.  Want to learn more about...

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Sarah Thornton
Laurie.
4

If you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes of the contemporary art world, you may enjoy this ethnographic romp.  Thornton's research, compiled through interviews between 2004-2007, provides glimpses of a day in the life of artists and people who make art...

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Madeleine Blais
Laurie.
4

If you ever played, coached or supported girls high school basketball, this old story (20 years ago) is still fresh. The Lady Hurricanes hailed from privilege in Amherst unlike the Roughriders made famous in In the Heart of the Game. Consequently, the Lady Hurricanes had to dig...

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Ellen Brown
Jennifer H
5

One of the cons of eating gluten-free is the fact that most everything you previously ate is now off limits. The glaring absence of delicious foods is very obvious...especially during the holidays. No pies, rolls, pastries, or Christmas tree cookies makes for a very dismal Christmas. I picked up...

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Angela Wenzel
Rachel
4

Wenzel covers a wide breath of sculpture with concise descriptions, plenty of pictures and a thorough glossary in this fun introduction to the world of sculpture. She includes works from antiquity and others from the present; they come from all over the world and are made out of everything from...

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Jared M Diamond
Dawn
4

A fascinating view of how traditional societies and modern nations contrast.  Through looking at government, warfare, religion, dispute resolution, health, child rearing and many other areas, the author helps us see our society.  Many of the modern conveniences are wonderful. We...

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Pamela Druckerman
Jennifer H
5

The author, Pamela Druckerman, is an American woman who, in a series of unexpected events, ends up moving to France with her boyfriend. There she encounters incredibly different worlds of parenting, food and eating, mindset and a different lifestyle in general. All of it seems to be a complex...

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Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey
Becker
4

A graphic memoir? A cookbook? Why not be both? Amanda Cohen shares the story of  Dirt Candy, her all vegetable restaurant in New York, along with recipes, technique, and the reality of building a restaurant and working every day to make it the best it can be. The graphic format allows for...

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Philip Connors
Bobby
4

Excellent mix of humble biography, meditations on nature, and brief history on the forest service and fire suppression (which was particularly interested with the tragic fires we had last summer).

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Susannah Cahalan
Dawn
4

Susannah is a young ambitious news reporter.  Within a few weeks her life begins to fall apart.  She starts hearing voices, has seizures, and is hospitalized. While in the hospital, her condition continues to deteriorate until a neurologist diagnosed her with a recently discovered...

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Becker
5

I've written about the Appalachian Trail here before, and this new book, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the AT, is a wonderful addition to the literature about the world's longest footpath. Filled with beautiful...

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Paula Begoun
Jennifer H
5

I picked up this book on a whim and was impressed at how thorough it is. It lists, in alphabetical order, all products for almost all beauty brands. It gives a small description of what the product was advertised to do, how the product/makeup actually performed, and gives each a ranking based on...

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R. Mike Mullane
ShellyB
4

This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut.  Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike Mullane recounts his...

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Barbara Sparks
ShellyB
5

A compilation of black and white photographs by Barbara Sparks that were part of an exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, it includes pictures from Nepal, Turkey, Italy, Taos, and our own backyard here in Colorado.  The photos are exquisite and the background information is...

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Peter J. Hatch
Emily
4

This book is beautiful just beautiful. I like the strange old names of the vegetables, I really enjoyed the gardener's passion involved in both Jefferson and Peter Hatch. This book is filled with great pictures and really nice stories.