Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Jenny Brown
Tara
4

Alternating stories from her inspirational life and tales about the animals on the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, Jenny Brown's The Lucky Ones is compelling and moving. Not even a little preachy, she shares her views compassionately and with a wealth of facts that can only come from...

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Tim Leong
Brett
4

This gloriously silly collection of comics-related infographics comes from Tim Leong, an art director at Wired magazine. The assorted charts and pie graphs are funny, irreverent and sometimes even informative! Highlights include a Chris Ware sadness scale, a Venn diagram of superhero...

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Elizabeth Smart
Kristi
3

Kidnapped when she was 14 yrs. old and held captive by a religious fanatic, David Mitchell and his wife, she was repeatedly raped, humiliated and lived in constant fear. His “religion” allowed him to drink, look at pornography and force sex whenever he wanted.  She was kidnapped because she...

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Jesmyn Ward
Kristi
4

A poignant and maddening memoir.  The author lost five men from her family and friends over the span of a couple of years due to drugs, murder, accidents and suicide. Including, heartbreakingly, her brother, due to a drunk driver. How could this be happening? The author gives a birds eye...

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1971- Touré
Regina Renee
3

This unauthorized biography, by journalist turned author, Toure, left me wanting more. At 150 pages, this is a short biography that still managed to be extremely repetitive. Prince is my favorite musical artist, and I thought that this book would be more enjoyable than it actually was. This...

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Michael Pollan
Michael
4

A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams is Michael Pollan's second book, first released in 1997. This sophomore piece was published almost ten years before the very popular Omnivore's Dilemma. About Pollan's absorption into architecture and carpentry...

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Keith Richards
Zac
5

Every artist has a medium. Keith’s is the guitar. But what separates him, as an artist and as one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, is his ability to manipulate that medium. The guitar is so much more than a guitar when wielded by Keef – it’s a story telling machine.  And Life...

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Chuck Klosterman
Tara
5

I love everything that Chuck Klosterman writes, but his latest is definitely one of the finest! I Wear the Black Hat made me think as much as it made me laugh. Surprisingly deep while also being quick and witty, I wanted to read several excerpts out loud! Topics covered range widely (...

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David Foster Wallace
Jennifer B.
4

This is Water was the first and only commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace, at Kenyon College in the spring of 2005.  Wallace talks about the real value of a liberal arts education in this quick, thought-provoking read.  Definitely worth the 20 minutes it takes to...

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Ron Carlson
Alison
3

Ron Carlson's original craft book suggests tips for beginning (and advanced) writers to help them complete a story.  His tone is casual and friendly, and accomplishes just what an Olympic ice-skater does: he makes a triple Axel look easy. Carlson makes his readers think, All I have to do is...

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Colm Tóibín
Alison
1

It’s fun to see the dirty underwear of an artist whose work you admire, and it’s even more fun to see that of those who you don’t.  However, when a thick, hard-back book does nothing but spill the beans on various writers, I get a little frustrated.  Though Colm Tóibín’s book New Ways...

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Gerd Woll
Porscha
5

This heavy book is an extensive collection of Edvard Munch’s printmaking.  He was a prolific printmaker and this book has tons of stunning images and really demonstrates Edvard Munch’s mastery of design.  For me personally, seeing the mass of his reoccurring images and the variations...

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Henry Darger
Porscha
5

This book accomplishes a challenging feat, compiling Henry Darger’s daunting amount of work in an approachable book.  The collection of images put together in this book is fascinating and beautifully large on the pages. The book also outlines Henry Darger’s personal history and the...

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Liz Sonneborn
Adelina
3

Good introduction to the American Contemporary Spokane author. Fast read with lots of interesting photos. Provides a basic biography of his life up to 2013. This book gives a broad overview of Sherman Alexie's work and his achievements. Cites lots of wonderful Sherman Alexie quotes from...

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Alice Hoffman
Em
4

This was lovely to listen to. Advice, not just for those facing hardship, but for anyone. It’s a love letter to life and writing. And gleaned throughout is a bit of an autobiography of a wondrous writer who also happens to be a cancer survivor. There has been some talk about the privilege of her...

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Harvey Pekar
Charles
3

Reading The Beats: A Graphic History is a unique way to learn about the lives of three Beat Generation authors: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.  After giving complete biographies of these three authors, the remainder of the book gives a blurb about some...

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Adam Bryant
Michelle
4

Culled from New York Times interviews from its weekly Corner Office feature, these are short and important lessons from successful CEOs in various types of organizations.

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David Agus
Michelle
3

Read by the author himself, a mistake, the content itself is good if you are interested in easy to understand tips for improving your daily and long-term health.

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Susan Cain
Cori Jackamore
5

Are you an introvert? Is your significant other one? How about one of your kids or a sibling? I’ll bet some of your coworkers are. The fact is that they are all around us contributing in ways that the world’s extroverts don’t always acknowledge. The author gave me so much food for thought:...

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Pamela Popper
Cori Jackamore
4

If open to the ideas, this book could change your life! Popper, Founder and Executive Director of the Wellness Forum Institute of Health Studies, explains in clear, understandable terms why a plant based diet can improve one’s health and lower health care costs and why the health care industry,...

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Lily Koppel
Cori Jackamore
3

I began this book with great excitement as I lived this history! Imagine my dismay when half-way through, the author seemed to lose her oomph and began what felt like a recitation of dates, space flights and astronaut names. Gone were the intimate descriptions of what the wives and kids did...

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Frank (Frank C.) Warren
Thane
5

In November of 2004, Frank Warren printed 3,000 blank post cards with three words printed in bold on the back: “Share A Secret.” It was a simple idea for a group art project. To anomalously write down a secret you had never told anyone, decorate the card however you like and mail it to

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Haruki Murakami
Em
5

I first picked up this book a couple of years ago when I had gotten back into running, but for one reason or another I didn’t get past the first couple of chapters. This time around, I was stuck on an interminable bus ride, and had no choice but to read (listen to) the whole thing. And then I...

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Jim Gaffigan
Em
4

I picked up this book because I wanted to give audiobooks another chance. I figured this would be a safe choice since it’s read by Jim Gaffigan, and I already know I love listening to Jim Gaffigan. There’s certainly no one else I would be willing to listen to talk about parenthood. Some of this...

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Lauren Redniss
Em
5

Not five pages into this book, I was crazy hooked and kept needing to share interesting trivia with whoever happened to be around me. The book follows the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and chronicles their scientific progress. It also moves forward in time, covering the historical...