Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Roz Chast
Sarah Anne
4

This took courage to write and draw her life, reflect on her past with her parents, and somehow harness the essence of time passing and her path in losing her parents -- with skill and freshness.

I absolutely love how she draws exasperation on her face!!! It's a serious book, that has...

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Hannah Hart
Laurie.
4

Hannah (she's real informal) is a Gen Y or Millennial and a talented spokesperson for her generation. John Green, only one of the most popular authors, wrote the introduction. But Hannah, a talented punster, does more in her anthem. She reveals the anxiety and tenderness under the narcissism...

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Michael Morton
Debbie
4

In 1986, Michael Morton was wrongly imprisoned for nearly 25 years for a crime he did not commit in a Williamson County (TX) courtroom. His life in prison is heartrending in detail. In 2011, Morton got a second chance of life with the help of DNA. Evidence at the scene was never investigated....

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Atul Gawande
ShellyB
5

Once again Atul Gawande has hit it out of the park!  Writing about the lessons he has learned both from his own experiences with his family members and as a doctor, Gawande illuminates issues surrounding end of life options and decisions.  This is not a book about assisted suicide,...

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Laurie.
5

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year or WPY, is an international competition co-sponsored by the United Kingdom's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. WPY turned 50 this year and to mark the occasion, published this...

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Peter Sagal
ShellyB
5

Do you need a little pick-me-up?  Looking for that best medicine ever, laughter?  Have I got the cure for you!  I had heard about NPR's Wait Wait...  Don't Tell Me!, but it wasn't until I happened upon the...

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Brittni Vega
Becker
3

If you want to take time out of your day reveling in the cuteness of cuddling dogs, this is the book for you. The story is told from the point of view of Harlow, a Weimaraner, who is best friends with Sage, a Miniature Dachshund. They cuddle, they play, they watch Meryl Streep movies. As Sage...

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Diane Ackerman
Becker
3

Ackerman's book is a fascinating look at the Anthopecene Age--where we are now living in geologic time--and the global effects that humans are having on our planet and all of the species that live on it. Covering topics as varied as climate change, green buildings, invasive species, epigenetics...

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Nicky Albrechtsen
Laurie.
4

The Romans and Egyptians used handkerchiefs but it wasn't until the 20th century that every day folk were able to afford them. So popular was the concept that Kimberly-Clark launched disposable tissues in 1923. The War however limited the use of paper so traditional handkerchiefs made a come...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Amazing photographs of earth taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. While the crew of the ISS is often busy doing science and maintaining the station, Hadfield also has a passion for photography, and he takes the time here to share pictures of earth from...

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Mimi Melnick
Laurie.
5

Mimi and Robert Melnick were often described as "urban archeologists." The were also artists who recognized aesthetic functionalism. It wasn't until a chance discussion at a dinner party that manhole covers became their focus for twenty years. Their initial research and photography focused on...

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Katie Rain Hill
Becker
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school. When she learned the word "transgender" and researched what that meant, she found...

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Bill Adler
Lisa
4

Bill Adler Jr. doesn’t like squirrels.  That’s why he wrote this 220-page go-to source for people who love to feed birds, but are constantly foiled by cute, but determined rodents.   An exhaustive volume, it’s divided into 13 chapters, including “Know the Enemy:  Everything a...

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Leslie Jamison
Lily
5

Jamison’s series of essays examines empathy and emotion through a variety of topics including artificial sweetener, Morgellons condition, and tour buses led through South Central by ex-gang members. The writing is cognizant and meditative and explores empathy from a variety of thoughtful and...

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Katy Butler
Sarah Anne
4

Do you have an aging, older person in your life? Learn from the experiences and incredible research that are skillfully woven together by Katy Butler as she advocates for compassion and peace at the end of life -- by making decisions FAR BEFORE THEN! 

The tricky part of this book, is...

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Elizabeth H. Bradley
ShellyB
4

This book is the expansion and explanation of a research study conducted by the authors to try to figure out the American health care paradox - why the U.S. spends the most on health care but has some of the worst results.  The authors found this is due to not accounting for money spent on...

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Steve McCurry
ShellyB
5

This is a book of the stories behind the pictures that tell the stories.  Steve McCurry's photos are stunning - his use in many of his photographs of two or three extremely vibrant colors that just jump out of the page at you is absolutely amazing and allows those photos to have such an...

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Lee H. Whittlesey
lisab
4

Lee Whittlesey, historian for Yellowstone Park has been studying and writing about the Park for over 35 years. His Death in Yellowstone was originally published in 1995 with this new edition updated through 2013. Whittlesey has divided the book up by type of death with some sections quite long...

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Dave Grossman, Gloria DeGaetano
Lucas
2

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill is a non-fiction book that examines the effects of violent video games and media on children.  It brings forth a variety of statistics and research studies to build a case that violent media has a detrimental impact on youth as they're growing up...

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Daisy Hernández
Becker
3

A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out...

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Miguel Ruiz
CoCo Supreme23
5

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz is a novel I read every couple of years to remind myself of these life-changing agreements. The Four Agreements are very simple, but very insightful. To embrace and live each of the Four...

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Ice-T (Musician)
CoCo Supreme23
4

  Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century captured my attention from start to finish. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he steered the...

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Judy Melinek
Becker
4

If you are fascinated with TV shows like Bones or books by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, try out this memoir about the real-life day to day work of a big city medical examiner. Dr. Melinek had intended to become a surgeon, but found the intensity of the training (100+ hour workweeks were...

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Julene Bair
Becker
4

Colorado author Bair recounts a story of the land and her family, the personal and the greater world, in this lovely memoir. She talks of leaving and returning to her family's Kansas farm, falling in love with a rancher there, her family's connection to the land, and the bigger picture of land...

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Moying Li-Marcus
Hope H
4

"Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened one night, in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself. I was twelve years old."

Moying Li's novel-like memoir opens in...