Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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...

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Chun Yu
Hope H
4

"Some said the old world needed to be destroyed/for the new world to come./That's the idea of the revolution/I was born into."

Chun Yu was born the second child of teachers in the middle of China's Cultural Revolution. For much of her childhood, her father was in the country being "...

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Dick Kreck
mbrandstetter
3

Dick Kreck and his team of research experts from the Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy and the Colorado History Museum have provided an excellent look into the young life of Anton Woode, 11 year old murderer from Colorado. Not only does he take the reader through the capture,...

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Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, & Mary Ann Zoeller
ShellyB
4

Very funny!  I loved all the little asides and lightbulbed "What to Remember" takeaways at the end of every chapter.  And mixed amid the humor are often little tidbits of common sense, helping us harried moms keep things in perspective. 

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Jordan Fisher Smith
Dana F
5

Nature Noir, A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra, is one part Edward Abbey and one part Elmore Leonard. I picked it up because I enjoy behind-the-scenes books about our national parks.

Jordan Fisher Smith was tasked with patrolling the canyons of California's American River,...

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Vera Stucky Evenson
Lily
4

This book is a through and helpful introduction to mushroom hunting. Vera is magically knowledgeable and works at the Denver Botanic Gardens!!!

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Ruth Reichl
Becker
4

I love food-centric memoirs, so I can't believe how long it finally took me to read this 2001 account of Reichl's early years as a food critic. Funny and heartbreaking, filled with celebrity chefs, personal turmoil (affairs, divorce), globe-trotting, the heartache of an attempted adoption gone...

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Ben Raskin
mbrandstetter
4

Ben Raskin has put together an excellent, easy to understand, little resource for kids and adults alike! I confess, I had gotten myself excited about the idea of composting a couple of years ago, purchased a bin, and proceeded to put all compostable items within. It went through a couple of...

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Johnny Walker
ShellyB
4

The audio version of this book was really well done - I found it completely believable that the narrator was actually the Iraqi telling the story of his experiences as a translator for the Navy Seals assigned to hunt down terrorists and insurgents in Iraq.  The author of this memoir does a...

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Nick Hand
Laurie.
4

For some, bike to work day, is just once a year. For others, biking is an everyday joy and the only way to connect with community and the land. Hand's book is born out of respect and love for people who create and restore communities with their...

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Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote
Becker
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with...

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Diane Anderson-Minshall
Becker
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and...