Book Genre: Nonfiction

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Bryan Stevenson
Debbie
5

A well-written, fantastic book cover to cover! Bryan Stevenson is a committed lawyer working in the American South. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting for the poor and children who are incarcerated in adult prisons. He is compassionate toward every convict he takes on,...

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Emily
4

This is a strange, beautiful, weird, disturbing, enlightening, trippy, odd book. Working your way through this tome is like lifting up America's skirt and finding something completely unexpected up there. The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a weird group of people doing weird stuff and...

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Jon Ronson
Hana
4

This is the second book of Jon Ronson’s that I have read, the first being So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. I was mildly familiar with his work from him just being a famous pop nonfiction writer/appearing on things, but since starting to read his work I am hooked and can’t wait to read every...

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Jackie Bennett
lisab
5

The perfect book to read while you’re sitting in your garden or pretending you are in a garden.  Jackie Bennett takes you to visit 18 gardens in Britain and read about the 20 writers that were associated with these gardens.  Not only does she give you background on the authors and...

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Thomas Forrest Kelly
Laurie.
5

If you enjoy books about history, philosophy or technology, this is a great read. But if you love music, consider making this book a must read! Kelly calls the creation of musical notation - "a celebration of mankind's technical achievements of the Middle Ages." However, this reader believes the...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Laurie.
4

A simple, personal message reiterated from Adichie's 2012 TEDx talk: a happier, fairer society can be had if we embrace equality of the sexes. Our culture can evolve to permit a life based on interest than a life defined by gender stereotypes. I only wish change was as easy as reading Adichie's...

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Deborah Blum
BeeGeeJay
5

This is a very interesting history of how forensic medicine and toxicology came to be. It covers the chemistry and the uses of various typical poisons like arsenic, carbon monoxide, cyanide, and many others. Surprisingly to me, this book also covered common items and chemicals found in everyday...

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Wendy Thomas Russell
Laurie.
4

Little Sally learns her best friend's goldfish has made a permanent move to "heaven" and questions abound. For some parents, questions about the geography of faith rank right up there with "Where do babies come from?". For other families, both questions may actually be the same discussion....

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Chip Kidd
Becker
4

Have you ever thought much about the design of everyday objects--your computer mouse, your favorite pen, your water bottle? Is it functional? Pleasing to look at? Whimsical? What about advertisements? Book covers? What draws you in? What confuses you (maybe in a good way)? Kidd's short book will...

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Roxi Thoren
extra medium
4

One thing I love about living in the city is its mutable quality: things are constantly changing and I’m always finding unexpected little wonders on bike rides. Landscapes of Change shows a variety of successful, mostly urban projects that bring nature and a sense of wonder back to the city....

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Philip Wilkinson
ShellyB
4

I'd like to first of all admit that, yes, I do realize that this beautiful book could first and foremost be described as a very large, elaborate advertisement for LEGO toys, and yes, my son has not stopped asking for any of the builder sets featured, but this in no way takes away from how cool...

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Jon Ronson
ShellyB
4

Jon Ronson's latest is primarily about how social media, especially Twitter, is being used to publicly shame those we find fault with, whether this shame is justly deserved or not.  He weighs the benefit of having these tools at our disposal, giving the average person a bigger voice and...

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Becker
4

This book tells the little-known story of the creation of the U.S. Army Special Operations Cultural Support Teams (CSTs). As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan got longer and longer, a few commanders realized that something that could help their operations would be to have teams of women who could...

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Erik Larson
lisab
4

Erik Larson is known for his books on historical topics such as Devil in the White City or In the Garden of the Beasts where the subject is a little under the radar. Dead Wake is about the sinking of the Luisiatania which is probably a better known moment of history.  He alternates his tale...

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Marilyn Johnson
Becker
4

Think all archaeologists are like Indiana Jones, traveling the world, making discoveries, and fighting off the bad guys? Well...they are, but not in the ways you might think. Johnson delves into the real lives of real archaeologists in this wide-ranging and insightful book. From field schools (...

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Mary (Editor) Norris
Becker
3

Part language usage book, part memoir, all amusing, Between You & Me is a delight. Norris spent many years at The New Yorker, and many of her examples of misused language are gleaned from her time at the magazine. Have trouble with "who" vs "whom" or "that" vs "which"? Norris gives memorable...

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Elie Wiesel
Laurie.
5

Health emergencies can make you fearful, confused and even angry. For Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Nazi death camps and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, emergency heart surgery at age 82 offers another opportunity to revisit his own mortality and ask the big questions he has spent his life...

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Jenny McCarthy
Angelita
3

This is a great quick read. There isn't a whole of doctor talk or scientific stuff when it comes to pregnancy, just a pregnant talking about what can go wrong or what weird things happen during pregnancy. It has a great sense of humor, but there wasn't too much that comforted me or made me laugh...

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Blake J Harris
Lucas
3

If you've been a gamer before the PlayStation era, you might be familiar with the historic battle between two video game companies: Sega and Nintendo.  Although console wars continue to occur to this day (Microsoft's Xbox vs Sony's PlayStation), many older gamers consider Sega's Genesis...

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Jeff Hobbs
Josh
5

  It is rare to find a nonfiction title that captures your attention in the way that a good fiction title can...This book is one such book due to the content and also due to the way in which it was written. Mr. Hobbs' well-researched work explores the difficult childhood of Robert Peace,...

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Katherine Boo
ShellyB
5

I absolutely loved this book!  This is a great example of a nonfiction book that reads like a novel due to the author's exceptional research and the spectacular writing, weaving together the stories of the families and people (predominantly children) living in the hellhole environment of a...

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Laura Schroff
Liberty
4

New York City during the height of the crack epidemic. Ad exec Laura Schroff breezes by an 11 year-old boy begging for change but something makes her turn back. Laura and Maurice live a mere 2 blocks from each other but his existence in a treacherous welfare hotel is worlds away from her...

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Terry Mutchler
Becker
3

When Terry Mutchler and Penny Severns fell in love, the fact that one of them was a state senator in Illinois and the other the head of the AP bureau there wasn't the only issue they faced in their too-short 5 year relationship. While the ethics of a journalist dating a senator were definitely...

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Alexis Coe
Laurie.
3

Alice Mitchell was 19 years old when she committed murder in Memphis, Tennessee. When she went to trial in 1892, there was never a doubt Alice was guilty but everyone wanted to know what would motivate a young woman to do something so heinous. The answer would have the country buzzing about...

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Lena Dunham
Angelita
3

I found myself struggling to finish this book. It wasn't what I expected. Although, Lena is being truthful about her experiences, some of them seemed made up or unrealistic. Also, the stories weren't linear by any means, which isn't always a bad thing, but it jumped around so much that it was...