Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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...

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Erik. 1954- Larson
Nancy
4

The subtitle of this book has the words "murder, magic and madness".  To those I'd add "politics, ego, and intrigue".  This book is a fascinating description of what it took to pull off a major world event in a city that was viewed by many as a corrupt cow town.  Add to that the...

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Katherine Boo
L.F.
4

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo was awarded the National Book Award for her first novel, Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.  Journalist Boo has written about poverty for two decades and was compelled to investigate the...

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Dan Abrams
mbrandstetter
5

Dan Abrams takes the battle of the sexes out of the barroom and off the playing field. Sweeping up the gauntlet for women, he backs up his claims with study, after study, after study. I picked this book up off the shelf mostly because the title cracked me up.  1. because it's got to be the...

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Mary Ellen Gilliland
mbrandstetter
2

The mountain region between Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone and Silverthorne had it's fair share of unsavory people.  Mary Ellen Gilliland takes us back to the past to take a closer look at their antics and the justice system that doled out the consequences.  That is,...

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Douglas J Preston
mbrandstetter
3

SPOILER ALERT!

As a successful crime novelist, Douglas Preston is very familiar with filling the pages of a book with the twists and turns it takes to make a good mystery.  To research his next book, he and his wife decide to move to Florence, Italy, taking their school-aged children...

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Daniel Brown
DawnM
5

Part history, part biography, I thought that this book would be about just the main character, Joe Rantz, and the crew team he was part of. But the book covered so much more! It includes the history of George Pocock and the development of his boats, the great depression, the 1916 Olympics,...