Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Judy Melinek
Becker
4

If you are fascinated with TV shows like Bones or books by Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, try out this memoir about the real-life day to day work of a big city medical examiner. Dr. Melinek had intended to become a surgeon, but found the intensity of the training (100+ hour workweeks were...

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Julene Bair
Becker
4

Colorado author Bair recounts a story of the land and her family, the personal and the greater world, in this lovely memoir. She talks of leaving and returning to her family's Kansas farm, falling in love with a rancher there, her family's connection to the land, and the bigger picture of land...

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Moying Li-Marcus
Hope H
4

"Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened one night, in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself. I was twelve years old."

Moying Li's novel-like memoir opens in...

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Chun Yu
Hope H
4

"Some said the old world needed to be destroyed/for the new world to come./That's the idea of the revolution/I was born into."

Chun Yu was born the second child of teachers in the middle of China's Cultural Revolution. For much of her childhood, her father was in the country being "...

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Dick Kreck
mbrandstetter
3

Dick Kreck and his team of research experts from the Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy and the Colorado History Museum have provided an excellent look into the young life of Anton Woode, 11 year old murderer from Colorado. Not only does he take the reader through the capture,...

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Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, & Mary Ann Zoeller
ShellyB
4

Very funny!  I loved all the little asides and lightbulbed "What to Remember" takeaways at the end of every chapter.  And mixed amid the humor are often little tidbits of common sense, helping us harried moms keep things in perspective. 

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Jordan Fisher Smith
Dana F
5

Nature Noir, A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra, is one part Edward Abbey and one part Elmore Leonard. I picked it up because I enjoy behind-the-scenes books about our national parks.

Jordan Fisher Smith was tasked with patrolling the canyons of California's American River,...

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Vera Stucky Evenson
Lily
4

This book is a through and helpful introduction to mushroom hunting. Vera is magically knowledgeable and works at the Denver Botanic Gardens!!!

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Ruth Reichl
Becker
4

I love food-centric memoirs, so I can't believe how long it finally took me to read this 2001 account of Reichl's early years as a food critic. Funny and heartbreaking, filled with celebrity chefs, personal turmoil (affairs, divorce), globe-trotting, the heartache of an attempted adoption gone...

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Ben Raskin
mbrandstetter
4

Ben Raskin has put together an excellent, easy to understand, little resource for kids and adults alike! I confess, I had gotten myself excited about the idea of composting a couple of years ago, purchased a bin, and proceeded to put all compostable items within. It went through a couple of...

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Johnny Walker
ShellyB
4

The audio version of this book was really well done - I found it completely believable that the narrator was actually the Iraqi telling the story of his experiences as a translator for the Navy Seals assigned to hunt down terrorists and insurgents in Iraq.  The author of this memoir does a...

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Nick Hand
Laurie.
4

For some, bike to work day, is just once a year. For others, biking is an everyday joy and the only way to connect with community and the land. Hand's book is born out of respect and love for people who create and restore communities with their...

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Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote
Becker
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with...

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Diane Anderson-Minshall
Becker
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and...

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Caroline Paul
Becker
3

This is an amusing illustrated story for any cat/pet lover. Many of us wonder what are pets are doing when we're not around. Author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton took this idea and ran with it after their cat Tibia disappeared for five weeks, then returned home. Where had he...

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Kurt Vonnegut
Laurie.
3

I am a big fan of commencement speeches so I was keenly interested in what Vonnegut had to say. The essay by Dan Wakefield, Vonnegut's friend and fellow writer, is not just a reminder of what Vonnegut has experienced in his life as a war veteran but also revealed a man who continues to...

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Alison
5

This is a giant book of essays that is worth its weight (and perhaps also its wait, as it will take even the most dedicated reader several weeks to get through).  The essays are arranged chronologically by topic, covering many of the conflicts, discoveries, inventions, achievements, and...

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Amy Novesky
Angelita
5

Many of the books on Frida Kahlo may be too grown up for children, but this book is a great book to explore Frida's art and life.  Especially when researching Latin American Artist.  The book shows how Frida became an artist, but also how her husband and the things around her became...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a space program), but he...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
KristenA
5

 Nadia Bolz-Weber looks more like a tall, tough biker than most people's views of a pastor, and hearing much of her life story wouldn't change that guess. She's a sober alcoholic, a former stand-up comic, covered with tattoos, and of course a woman to boot. But in her new book, she takes us...

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Greg McKeown
Laurie.
4

If you've adopted "the undisciplined pursuit of more" don't look for a "less is more" solution. McKeown shares his blueprint for "less is better."  Learn discernment and enjoy the small wins at work and home. Choice, clarity, and focus beget the next right action.  Add play, joy, and "...

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Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
Laurie.
4

Everyone loves animals and accepts their hardwired behavior. You can't change a Tasmanian devil. But when it comes to people, we often have opportunities to help ourselves or others play well and feel loved. Dr. Ellis reminds the reader there is a "porcupine within us all." If you, a friend, or...

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Mindy Kaling
Angelita
4

Mindy Kalling is a comedic genius, I can tell by watching the shows she has participated in. I decided to read her book to see her real thoughts on life. She discusses everything from adolescence to being a writer in Hollywood. Also, what it took for her to become a writer on a hit show. It's...

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Catherine Reid
Becker
4

A lovely book of essays that examine our connection to nature, the cycle of the seasons, and the meaning of home. Reid writes about the natural landscape and her inner landscape with equal attention to deal and joy at discovery. A beautiful book to delve into if you're missing natural world, one...

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Laura Schroff
Dana F
4

An Invisible Thread is the true story of a New York City businesswoman and an 11-year-old panhandler. The title comes from the Chinese proverb, "An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle....