Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Caroline Paul
Becker
3

This is an amusing illustrated story for any cat/pet lover. Many of us wonder what are pets are doing when we're not around. Author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton took this idea and ran with it after their cat Tibia disappeared for five weeks, then returned home. Where had he...

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Kurt Vonnegut
Laurie.
3

I am a big fan of commencement speeches so I was keenly interested in what Vonnegut had to say. The essay by Dan Wakefield, Vonnegut's friend and fellow writer, is not just a reminder of what Vonnegut has experienced in his life as a war veteran but also revealed a man who continues to...

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Alison
5

This is a giant book of essays that is worth its weight (and perhaps also its wait, as it will take even the most dedicated reader several weeks to get through).  The essays are arranged chronologically by topic, covering many of the conflicts, discoveries, inventions, achievements, and...

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Amy Novesky
Angelita
5

Many of the books on Frida Kahlo may be too grown up for children, but this book is a great book to explore Frida's art and life.  Especially when researching Latin American Artist.  The book shows how Frida became an artist, but also how her husband and the things around her became...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a space program), but he...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
KristenA
5

 Nadia Bolz-Weber looks more like a tall, tough biker than most people's views of a pastor, and hearing much of her life story wouldn't change that guess. She's a sober alcoholic, a former stand-up comic, covered with tattoos, and of course a woman to boot. But in her new book, she takes us...

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Greg McKeown
Laurie.
4

If you've adopted "the undisciplined pursuit of more" don't look for a "less is more" solution. McKeown shares his blueprint for "less is better."  Learn discernment and enjoy the small wins at work and home. Choice, clarity, and focus beget the next right action.  Add play, joy, and "...

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Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
Laurie.
4

Everyone loves animals and accepts their hardwired behavior. You can't change a Tasmanian devil. But when it comes to people, we often have opportunities to help ourselves or others play well and feel loved. Dr. Ellis reminds the reader there is a "porcupine within us all." If you, a friend, or...

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Mindy Kaling
Angelita
4

Mindy Kalling is a comedic genius, I can tell by watching the shows she has participated in. I decided to read her book to see her real thoughts on life. She discusses everything from adolescence to being a writer in Hollywood. Also, what it took for her to become a writer on a hit show. It's...

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Catherine Reid
Becker
4

A lovely book of essays that examine our connection to nature, the cycle of the seasons, and the meaning of home. Reid writes about the natural landscape and her inner landscape with equal attention to deal and joy at discovery. A beautiful book to delve into if you're missing natural world, one...

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Laura Schroff
Dana F
4

An Invisible Thread is the true story of a New York City businesswoman and an 11-year-old panhandler. The title comes from the Chinese proverb, "An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle....

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Michelle Theall
Becker
4

Colorado author Theall's memoir alternates between her early years in a strict Catholic family in Texas and her dealing with her son's Catholic school's decision to expel children of same sex parents in 2010. Theall's story of isolation, yearning for acceptance by her mother and the church, and...

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Porscha
5

This book is inspiring. Erich Wonder is a visionary stage designer and this book includes stunning images of his work and informative interviews.  His work blends boundaries of the technicality of stage design and conceptual fine art, resulting in phenomenal environments and compelling...

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Piet Oudolf
Porscha
4

Piet Oudolf’s eye for design and plant combinations is exciting and has landed him as one of the leaders of the New Perennial Movement. He has a talent for combining the feel of nature and highly controlled design. His books are enjoyable to look at both for his finished gardens as works of art...

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Michelle Buffardi
Becker
4

A whole book dedicated to cheese balls? Why not? If you're looking for something unique to serve at your next party, check out this book for some fun ideas for anyone who loves cheese! The instructions are clear, there is a picture for every recipe, and the basics at the beginning (allow plenty...

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Rachelle Bergstein
Laurie.
5

I have owned, held or pined for most of the shoes mentioned in this book. More than just a history of shoes, the book chronicles the symbiotic relationship between shoes and our culture. Bergstein's research appears to be thorough and well documented but really, even if it wasn't...

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Sara Wheeler
Charles
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Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler chronicles the author's journey in the country of Chile from north to south.  While the author gives great detail of what she sees, it is not with much excitement and creates quite a boring read.  She does explain pretty much...

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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 (...