Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Annie Dillard
Jennifer D
5

Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...

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Annick Cojean
Liz S
4

French journalist Annick Cojean writes an important but difficult-to-read account of the extensive system of sexual violence that existed in Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She uncovered this very secretive world of abuse while investigating women's role in Libya's revolution, a topic...

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Enrico Moretti
Josh
4

    I have always been curious about the impact of educated immigrants on the US economy and that is one of the topics Dr. Moratti explores in this book. As an immigrant himself he is adamant that something needs to be done to repair the via system since almost every year the H1B visas...

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Edward O Wilson
Robin
3

Do you have a young, budding scientist in your life? E.O. Wilson, the "Father of Sociobiology" and the creator of the online Encyclopedia of Life reflects back on his childhood, education, and career to...

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J. Maarten Troost
Charles
4

Travel author, Maarten Troost, has taken us to Kiribati, Vanuatu, Fiji, and now he heads to another Asian nation: China.  His no-nonsense relating of actual living conditions gives the average person a view of China that no guide book has gotten past the Chinese state censors.  Through...

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A. J. Jacobs
Charles
4

Millions of people on this planet believe in a higher power of some sort.  The Year of Living Biblically chronicles one agnostic man’s journey to try to understand what drives all of these people to believe what they do.  Despite being born into Jewish heritage, there are only two...

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Amanda Lindhout
Liz S
5

This is one of the best books I've read in 2013. A House in the Sky is a memoir by Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who, along with her  ex-boyfriend/fellow freelance photojournalist was kidnapped in Somalia while documenting the war there. Lindhout spends the first part of the book...

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Simon Doonan
L.F.
3

Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty...

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Felicity Aston
Becker
4

I love both adventure/travel memoirs and stories set in Antarctica, so I'm not sure how I missed this book when it came out several years ago--but I'm glad I found it eventually. Aston's story is unique in that she wanted to put together an international team of "ordinary women" to ski to the...

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David Harris-Gershon
KristinR
3

This memoir of one man's experience with Israeli-Palestinian terrorism confronts more than one singular experience. David Harris-Gershon includes in his narrative a rich and fair assessment of the conflict that continues to plague the Middle East. His own experience is Jewish, though his...

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Ann Mah
Becker
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in Paris...

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Lucy Knisley
Kristi
4

Do you know what a cheesemonger is? What can you eat in Japan if you are allergic to soy? Is it truly impossible to make the perfect croissant? is fast food evil? The author shares her life experiences that led her to discover the answers to these questions, plus a whole lot more, in this funny...

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Steve Sheinkin
CarolE
5

One fascinating story after another with great photographs of the people involved in the development of the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Sheinkin is adapt at sharing the telling details that bring the characters to life. Oppenheimer’s dates for example...

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Jen Lin-Liu
Becker
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and history are more...

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Sugar Turner & Tracy Bachrach Ehlers
Jennifer B.
4

University of Denver anthropologist Tracy Bachrach Ehlers spent several years in the mid-to-late-90s interviewing "Sugar Turner," a former welfare mother and caretaker to five children, to learn about life in an inner-city neighborhood and the challenges faced by modern-day low-income women....

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Frank Brady
Ken
3

This book started off great. It began with Bobby's beginnings in chess and his childhood, and how his voracious appetite for all things chess grew. It touches on his family life, and his tendency towards being bullheaded to get his way. The thing I liked the best was during the periods where he...

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David Sedaris
Liz S
5

If you are a huge David Sedaris fan (like me) and have read all of his published work, I highly recommend checking out the audio recordings of his work. All of the audio versions are read by the author, and his performances add that much more humor to the pieces. I listened to Dress...

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Bob Greene
Jennifer B.
3

Journalist Bob Greene tells the little-known story of the North Platte Canteen, the railroad depot in North Platte, Nebraska, where over six million servicemen and women were fed, thanked, and entertained during their cross-country train journeys during World War II.  The book consists...

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Eben Alexander
mmcgowan
4

A neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander, who has done thousands of brain surgeries, have patients inform him after their surgeries about their near-death experiences in which he  personally considers these fantasies produced by the brains under extreme stress until he himself, has his brain attacked...

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Slavomir Rawicz
Bobby
4

The Long Walk recounts an epic story of survival by a group of escapees from a Soviet gulag.  Fleeing the camp during a blizzard in 1941 with six others, Rawicz and the group equipped only with their camp-issued clothes, a small store of food, and a few other stolen goods set out...

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Mindy Kaling
Becky
4

What a fun listen!  I had such a great time being entertained by the observations Mindy Kaling makes in her first book, which is a collection of short stories, lists, and advice.  For the audio version, she reads the material herself (along with a couple guest actors to make dialog...

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J. Maarten Troost
Becker
4

Not as laugh out loud funny as Troost's previous books (The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages,...

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Jay Kopelman
Josh
3

    I am old enough to remember the build up leading up to the war in Iraq and I also remember the nighty tallies of the amount of American soldiers  killed each day there. This book mentions some of the atrocities soldiers experienced early in the Iraq war and details life among...

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Julia Fox
ShellyB
3

Sister Queens is a fascinating side-by-side recounting of the lives of two women, sisters, who were both destined to be queens.  Though they both rise to extraordinary levels of power, especially for women during this time in history, and experience periods of happiness and satisfaction,...

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Ben Mezrich
Simone
2

This is what happens when you judge a book by its cover (and title)- you get a mediocre read. 

 

Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich has a great title and cover, let me tell you, it lured me in with its graphic design and bright yellow font.  And that's not the only good...