Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Thomas Cahill
seanamo
2

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...

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Will Bingley
Zac
4

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...

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Jeanette Winter
Lily
3

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...

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Jo Robinson
Michelle
4

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.

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Michael Pollan
Michelle
3

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.

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Michael L. Cooper
Michael
5

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,...

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Allie Brosh
ShellyB
5

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...

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Robert M Edsel
ShellyB
4

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...

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Gary Small
Laurie.
3

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...

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Jimmy (Photographer) Nelson
Zac
4

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...

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Uri Shulevitz
April
4

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...

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Bethenny Frankel
Mary P
3

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...

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Mandy M.
4

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....

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Bill Bryson
Dawn
5

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.

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Judith Bloom Fradin
Kristen M
4

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...

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Eric Schlosser
Dana F
5

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...

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Yael Kohen
Mandy M.
5

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...

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Ben Mezrich
Manon
4

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...

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Andrea Gibson
Mandy M.
3

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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Ellen DeGeneres
Mandy M.
4

This audio book gets props for being the only audio book I have ever finished. I have trouble with the pacing of audio books and some of the narration is less than great. But since The funny thing is is narrated by Ellen DeGeneres, the author herself, it doesn't seem like as much meaning and...

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David Sedaris
Thane
4

David Sedaris is back to doing what he does best, telling hilarious stories of his life, his family, his friends, and the strange people and places he encounters along the way. Sedaris is sometimes petty, sometimes spiteful, occasionally deep and insightful, but always funny. Listening to the...

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Grumpy Cat
Mandy M.
3

Although I can't necessarily get behind the recent trend of taking internet sensations and turning them into books entirely, this one is definitely a keeper. Grumpy Cat is a great book to read when you are in bad spirits, if only because he's very relatable in that kind of mood. He says what you...

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seanamo
5

A great collection of essays from an amazing collection of creative minds. Some of my favorites were: Scheduling in Time for Creative Thinking - Cal Newport; Making E-mail Matter - Aaron Dignan; and Letting Go of Perfectionism - Elizabeth Grace Saunders. However, there are so many interesting...

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Joseph Midthun
ShellyB
5

The Building Blocks of Science series of books are really fun and informative, using both text and illustrations with fun characters to teach basic body system, science, and math concepts.  My fifth grader loved them and asked for more, and his younger cousin visiting from Minnesota also...

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Sam Kean
Melody
4

The elements that sit so neat and tidy on the periodic table actually have a long and often messy history. Written with a strong enough grasp of chemistry to satisfy those with more expertise (I believe) but, for those of us who nearly failed Chemistry in high school (guilty), the anecdotes,...