Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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,...

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Lew Welch
Zac
4

The poems in this collection embody the Poetics of Emptiness, a philosophical movement and style best characterized by the west coast Beat scene, most notably by Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Philip Whalen. Influenced by Zen, these poems are immersed with detailed observations...

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Sheri Fink
Elaine
5

I wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but I felt the pain of the people who waited for days on their rooftops or lived in squalor in the Superdome. How could the response to disaster in the United States have the look and feel of a disaster itself?

Dr. Sheri Fink, physician...

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Mike Tyson
Zac
5

This is a brawler of a book. It’s unflinching in its honesty and brutal in its depiction of one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time. There is no self pity, no woe is me justifications, just a very candid portrayal of one of sports most compelling and fascinating individuals....

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

“Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems” by Billy Collins is his first collection of new and selected poems he has published in 12 years. Billy Collins is a humorous and accessible presence in contemporary American poetry. The title poem “Aimless Love” describes the wonderful experience of falling...

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Margaret Powell
Charles
3

Below Stairs creates a telling portrait of the relationship between the classes in turn-of-the-century England.  The author, Margaret Powell, began working as a kitchen maid and eventually attained the status of cook.  She explains the different roles among the servants, how...

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Melissa Sweet
Kristen M
4

Have you ever wondered who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? From the colorful collage illustrations by Melissa Sweet to the wonderful story of Tony Sarg, an immigrant who "never really grew up" and would become the man who brought us those amazing helium filled "upside-down puppets"....

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Mary Roach
Melody
5

I never got to go to space camp as a child, despite entering every contest, and part of me has always wondered if things had gone differently, would I be an astronaut? Thank you, Mary Roach, for crushing all of my romantic images of space travel and revealing the annoying, uncomfortable, and...

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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...