I am a fan of self-help books because I enjoy learning how others solve their problems. But, the fluffy happy books get stale fast when bad things happen to me. There have been times I have rolled my eyes with exasperation like "Really, this is going to make me...
Book Genre: Nonfiction
I’ve had a bit of a nerd crush on Kate Bornstein since I met her in 1996(or '97, can’t remember) when she was touring colleges for her book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. I remember she deftly wielded that heartbreaking mix of honest and funny during her talk and after when I...
Just discovered this as I was shelving new non fiction this morning. Global Model Village is a witty and wry take on art in public spaces. The pieces are tiny—you may not see them unless you’re the type to look at the minutiae in your everyday environment. Part social commentary, part...
Just Ride by Grant Petersen
This is a refreshing, if somewhat controversial take on urban cycling. I love that Peterson reminds the reader that cycling is fun first and that our attempts to make ourselves official (read: wear lycra, scowl, and spend thousands on a bike) really takes away...
Acknowledging both the form and function of the BMX bike, Rad Rides dials into the world of BMX by providing an informative history of the culture, style, and mechanical evolution of the 20 inch ride. Spanning from the early 1970s with the initiation of BMX by radical, rebellious youth...
A fascinating look at child rearing/teaching practices previously thought to be beneficial, the authors use research based evidence to point out the harm we actually cause children by continuing in this way. I found many of their points especially interesting because they seemed...
Harvard psychologist Martha Stout claims that 1 in 25 people are sociopaths - those who are unable and unwilling to feel joy, love, guilt or empathy. These people are typically highly manipulative, charming, predatory, and expert at mimicking emotion. How do you know if...
What do you know about DNA? Want to know more? Be entertained while you learn and pick up this book! Kean covers everything from how DNA works and how scientists sequence it to the many controversies studying DNA has contributed to. Do cat hoarders have altered DNA that compels them to keep...
This is the third Atul Gawande book I have read and I just LOVE him! I think he is a great writer who can write about medicine and the medical field in a way anyone can understand and he makes it interesting and enjoyable. In his most recent book he does research into how different...
This was written as an assessment of a dozen or so popular high school history textbooks. The focus is on major American historical events or periods that are either omitted from these textbooks or just plain wrong in the textbooks’ descriptions. I found several examples to be...
Fascinating look at the artist, his contemporaries, and the long, arduous process of painting the Sistine Chapel.
Great photos, a few good anecdotes, many poetic descriptions, very nostalgic!
Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winning behavior economist, explains how our thinking is broken down into two systems, one fast and reactionary, and a second that takes time to take in the larger context, past experience, and potential consequences. Time and time again through study data and in-...
This book is so awesome! Tanner defies reason and logic by purchasing a big, spooky, Victorian house in Baltimore with the goal of restoring it to its former grandeur. Despite his complete lack of experience, he lets his heart and his vision carry him forward with fabulous results....
This wonderful book explores the notion of home as the author and his family renovate a century-old house in Cleveland. Although his defense of sprawl overlooks the physical distinction between streetcar suburbs and automobile suburbs, this is a great read for those who love old houses.
Imagine being the first to float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. That’s the story told in this great adventure book. John Wesley Powell and his companions didn’t know what challenges they would face. In 1869 when the group set out there were no available records about the river...
Reading Emma Marris’s book has transformed the way I think about nature and our relationship to it. Marris argues for nothing less than a radical new interpretation of what “nature” means to us. She believes that a new interpretation of Nature is vital and necessary for the survival of our...
So you put some stripes in your lawn. That's great. But have you considered mowing in Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"? No? Check out page 74. It's only one of many incredibly complicated patterns available in this book.
Remember that feeling of ditching school in the late spring, just before summer, when the weather was primo and your youthful responsibilities faded away like a bad tattoo under the sun? This is a memoir of a dude that may have skipped a few too many days, his responsibilities no longer youthful...
Soul on Ice is pure expression. It's raw, it's frightening, at times it's repulsive; yet somehow Cleaver was able to lay the groundwork for a piece that is ultimately hopeful and encouraging, a piece that's representative of the time and place from which it grew. By providing a lyrical...
With a new baby on the way, Zotti and his family defy convention and move into a dicey inner city Chicago neighborhood to renovate a dilapidated Victorian house at a time when everyone else is fleeing. Hilarious and informative, this restoration saga by the editor of The Straight ...
Watch your back, Martha Stewart . Tori’s fourth book is all about how to plan a party and covers everything from concept (cowboys and lace party, do-it-yourself spa brunch) to party favors – I liked the mini-cacti wearing tiny cowboy hats. A regular mortal could try all of her...
Some made mistakes. Some made bad decisions. And some crashed in seemingly sound airplanes on what looked like perfect days. Mondor spent time working as a dispatcher for a small company in Alaska that would fly just about anything--schoolkids, dead bodies, food and medical supplies, and...
For such a short book this one is full of mindblowing prose, inspiring moments and touching truths about the writing life. Read it, then read it again!
This book really is a guide to perfumes, with succinct descriptions it discusses the signature scents of nearly every scent on the market. Rated on a five-star rating system the two authors work through a world of fragrance some scents are considered "depressingly bad"(Tribute by Mary Kay) while...
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