Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Malala Yousafzai
Beckyr
4

Malala is well-known as the schoolgirl victim of a shooting by the Taliban in Pakistan. This memoir brings her to life. She is still a schoolgirl who misses her friends, but she is also an experienced activist who can speak confidently in front of international diplomats. Malala and her family...

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Mary Roach
seanamo
4

This is arguably Mary Roach's grossest work to date, but as always she asks and finds answers to the questions that we all would ask, if we hadn't been scolded that those kinds of questions aren't polite. In Gulp, Roach takes us on a journey through our alimentary canal - from taste, to...

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Kristen Iversen
Bobby
3

Moving to Colorado only a decade ago, I knew very little about Rocky Flats before reading this book.  The last of the (accounted for) plutonium had been shipped out and the name was something I would see in headlines regarding the legal suits but I didn’t know the history.  Iverson’s...

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Drew Magary
Charles
3

Someone Could Get Hurt is a memoir about parenting, written by someone who prior to parenthood was clueless about what it was like to actually be a parent.  The author, Drew Magary, paints a vivid, hilarious, hyperbolic picture of what parenting is like when you still haven’t given up your...

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Judith Orloff
Sarah Anne
4

If you are ready to let go of some behaviors that don’t serve you, and you want a gentle guide who has explored how to tackle these with concrete steps, you have found your person in Judith Orloff. She is what you get when you take a professional in mental health, and have her use her intuition...

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John Robbins
Sarah Anne
4

Beginning this book with skepticism because I wasn’t sure I’d find anything of use, I found the story of a man who has learned to define and redefine what “Plenty” is to him. John Robbins quickly earned my respect for the decisions that he has made, and for his response when things didn’t go as...

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Brene Brown
Sarah Anne
5

This brave book talks about ourselves, parenting and leading without closing ourselves off from what she calls vulnerability. This book is one of a growing type of literature about empathy, written to help us move to more open hearts, and to be more kind to ourselves first, and others as a...

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Caroline M Myss
Sarah Anne
4

Myss is really on to something, but it’s not the best titles ever... In spite of this negative title, I found the writing in this book memorable and applicable in helping me understand the world around me more. This was because I was learning more about myself, and because Myss helps break down...

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Adele Faber
Sarah Anne
5

With an empathetic tone and actually helpful advice, the authors of this book are approachable in part because they’ve been there, and because they can laugh at them selves. This is not prescribed rhetoric, but genuinely useful strategies for being more clear in your parenting, and enjoying your...

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Malcolm Gladwell
Becker
4

Gladwell takes on perceptions of advantage & disadvantage in his latest work of research that encompasses sociology, psychology, and history. Starting with the foundation of the story of David and Goliath--and the historical facts about this oft told story--Gladwell uses many examples from...

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Erik. 1954- Larson
Nancy
4

The subtitle of this book has the words "murder, magic and madness".  To those I'd add "politics, ego, and intrigue".  This book is a fascinating description of what it took to pull off a major world event in a city that was viewed by many as a corrupt cow town.  Add to that the...

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Katherine Boo
Falil
4

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo was awarded the National Book Award for her first novel, Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.  Journalist Boo has written about poverty for two decades and was compelled to investigate the...

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Dan Abrams
mbrandstetter
5

Dan Abrams takes the battle of the sexes out of the barroom and off the playing field. Sweeping up the gauntlet for women, he backs up his claims with study, after study, after study. I picked this book up off the shelf mostly because the title cracked me up.  1. because it's got to be the...

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Mary Ellen Gilliland
mbrandstetter
2

The mountain region between Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone and Silverthorne had it's fair share of unsavory people.  Mary Ellen Gilliland takes us back to the past to take a closer look at their antics and the justice system that doled out the consequences.  That is,...

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Douglas J Preston
mbrandstetter
3

SPOILER ALERT!

As a successful crime novelist, Douglas Preston is very familiar with filling the pages of a book with the twists and turns it takes to make a good mystery.  To research his next book, he and his wife decide to move to Florence, Italy, taking their school-aged children...

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Daniel Brown
DawnM
5

Part history, part biography, I thought that this book would be about just the main character, Joe Rantz, and the crew team he was part of. But the book covered so much more! It includes the history of George Pocock and the development of his boats, the great depression, the 1916 Olympics,...

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Nell Beram
Falil
4

John Lennon once described Yoko Ono as "the world's most famous unknown artist”.  Art critic Arthur C. Danto observed, “Her fame made her almost impossible to see.”
Now authors Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky tell the inspiring story of this often misunderstood artist, musician...

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kmcfall
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and...

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Susan E Isaacs
Angelita
3

I enjoyed this book because the author asks so many questions that we often times ask our God. But as she goes through her trials and tribulations, so understand why she's questioning the actions of God and the universe. I easily put myself in her shoes.

I love the humor that is put in...

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David Sedaris
Rebecca
3

As I have previously noted, I have an unfortunate inability to connect with a lot of comedy. I'm not sure why this is, but it's true of most comedy media, whether books or movies or stand up or sitcoms. 

I do, however, like...

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Tom Rath
Bobby
3

In this book, Rath recognizes the unhealthy state  of our country and attempts to suggest simple, yet impactful steps toward greater health and happiness.  As the title suggests, everything revolves around eating right, moving more, and sleeping better.  Rath does an...

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Russell Means
IAmGenesis
4

Russell Means writes about his sometimes tumultuous life growing up as a Northern American Indian in a reservation, of his involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), and of his consistent fight against injustice. This book is written at a leisurely pace and is easily readable. What...

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Jon Katz
Becker
3

A sweet, quick read, Katz recounts how his now wife Maria and her dog Frieda came into his life. Katz and Maria met when they were each married, and neither imagined that those marriages would fall apart, or that their deep connection, fueled by their creativity (Maria is a fiber artist, Katz a...

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David C. (David Chandler) Robertson
Laurie.
3

If you've ever wondered what's behind those plastic LEGO bricks that captivate children of all ages, this book is for you! Robertson has all the right business credentials (Wharton, McKinsey) and unfettered access to the Danish firm to tell LEGO's company story. Robertson doesn't stop there,...

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Richard Phillips
Liz S
4

I actually listened to this as an audiobook, and I recommend this format if you are interested in Richard Phillips' story. I heard an interview with the author on Fresh Air a while ago, and then saw the Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie version of the story, Captain Phillips. It is a...