Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression....
Book Genre: Nonfiction
I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...
This review is going to be necessarily short--a reflection of the amount of passion I felt for the book while reading it (and also a reflection of the fact that I finished it a month ago, and my memory is fading fast). So I apologize for the disjointedness of this review.
First, I knew...
Jane Austen is one of the few authors who can effortlessly straddle high culture and pop culture, and who has inspired an entire industry of books, films, academia, and action figures. Deborah Yaffe writes about this phenomenon in her book Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of...
This book was a total let down, and not for lack of potential. The evolution of modern surfing, from its golden days in the ‘50s and ‘60s to the money driven reality it is today, is an intriguing and relevant story. But when everything is said and done, Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to...
While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal...
I wanted to like this book. I had heard good things, but apparently I have been spoiled by modern narrative non-fiction. Cahill runs through pre-medieval history, spending FAR too much time on Rome and Greece (1/3 of the book), in strict chronological order and never really weaving a story, or...
Gonzo acts as a flickering, allusive evocation of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s life. It serves well as a reminder that Thompson was much more than his popular caricature. That in fact, Thompson was a writer, with the soul and drive and terrible, bottomless heartache that we associate with...
The Librarian of Basra is a true story of a brave woman named Alia Muhammad Baker who saves her library collection in the war-stricken country of Iraq. Alia runs the local library and saves 30,000 books when war threatens their destruction. Unfortunately, she is not able save the...
Informative about what types of fruits and vegetables are nutritious and which types to leave in the bin, this is also very interesting and entertaining.
I'm a sucker for Michael Pollan. This time he covers the history of food by looking at how we cook with air, fire, water and earth.
Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s by Michael L. Cooper is a great introduction to The Great Depression for kids and teens.
Dust to Eat includes anecdotes from John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, offering readers a connection to other media,...
What a wonderful book! Allie Brosh's strange yet totally delightful artwork does a great job of convincingly conveying the emotions of both her animal and her human characters. Except for one serious section dealing with her depression - courageously laid out, explained and expressed...
The Monuments Men tells the story of the brave men and women determined to save art from rampant looting and possible destruction not only by the Nazis during (and leading up to) WWII, but by the Allied forces, as well. Most of the men recruited to become part of this Allied...
The advert for this book could read, "This is your brain on technology." Whether you are a digital native or digital immigrant, technology can be friend and foe. As we become more connected, the authors recommend practicing the art of face-to-face communication, including exercising emotional...
This book just floored me. It really changed my day.
It’s a powerful collection of portraits documenting dozens of cultures around the world whose people are, for one reason or another, at risk of fading away.
Traveling across five continents and a wide array of environments, the...
Uri Shulevitz was just a young boy in Warsaw, Poland when he and his family fled World War II’s devastation. They had lost everything in the Warsaw Blitz. They managed to travel to Turkestan, although they lived in poverty. This picture book recounts an event that...
I think this is a great self-help book for women who are seeking balance in their lives. Bethenny uses a lot of her own experience in her attempt to assist other women in this process.
The book is written in a clear and well-organized way, which permits the reader to easily linger...
I have never really been a a big fan of biographies. Maybe it's because I have personally felt that knowing where a famous figure grew up is not particularly beneficial, except in trivia. But Conversations is formatted completely different from most biographies and it made it enjoyable to read....
Bryson is back! This time he takes a look at the summer of 1927. Much happened during a few months! Lindbergh made his historic flight, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, the Mississippi flooded and much more. A thoroughly enjoyable way to learn about our nation's history.
Review contains spoilers!
Stolen into Slavery is the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured in the United States and sold into slavery in Louisiana. This incredible story is the inspiration for the movie Twelve Years a Slave...
I didn't read much nonfiction until I started working for the library, but now I can't seem to get enough of it. I highly recommend Command and Control, for three reasons.
First, the subject: America's nuclear weapons development and programs. I knew next to nothing about the...
The exploration of the heated question are women funny is fully and hilariously discussed in We Killed: the rise of women in American comedy. First of all, the chapters are divided into eras of comedy and the corresponding comedians and themes. If anyone is looking for a specific American female...
Although this book was difficult for me to get into, it was certainly a unique, interesting story to read. It was written by Ben Mezrich, who also wrote The Accidental Billionaires, the book on which the film The Social Network is based. Thad Roberts left behind a...
Andrea Gibson was introduced to me in my college years. It was during one of those free events and when she recited her poetry, the room fell silent. So when I realized that she actually put out books of poetry, I was more than a little curious.
The only reason that this book does not get...
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