Book Genre: Nonfiction

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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...

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John Hopkins
Laurie.
3

The summer before his senior year at Princeton, Hopkins and a friend head to South America to explore a business deal. The experience proved life-changing and upon graduation, they commit themselves to seeing the world. At the time, Peru was Hopkins' first love but in 1962 he sets up residence...

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Roz Chast
Sarah Anne
4

This took courage to write and draw her life, reflect on her past with her parents, and somehow harness the essence of time passing and her path in losing her parents -- with skill and freshness.

I absolutely love how she draws exasperation on her face!!! It's a serious book, that has...

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Hannah Hart
Laurie.
4

Hannah (she's real informal) is a Gen Y or Millennial and a talented spokesperson for her generation. John Green, only one of the most popular authors, wrote the introduction. But Hannah, a talented punster, does more in her anthem. She reveals the anxiety and tenderness under the narcissism...

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Michael Morton
Debbie
4

In 1986, Michael Morton was wrongly imprisoned for nearly 25 years for a crime he did not commit in a Williamson County (TX) courtroom. His life in prison is heartrending in detail. In 2011, Morton got a second chance of life with the help of DNA. Evidence at the scene was never investigated....

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Atul Gawande
ShellyB
5

Once again Atul Gawande has hit it out of the park!  Writing about the lessons he has learned both from his own experiences with his family members and as a doctor, Gawande illuminates issues surrounding end of life options and decisions.  This is not a book about assisted suicide,...

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Laurie.
5

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year or WPY, is an international competition co-sponsored by the United Kingdom's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. WPY turned 50 this year and to mark the occasion, published this...

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Peter Sagal
ShellyB
5

Do you need a little pick-me-up?  Looking for that best medicine ever, laughter?  Have I got the cure for you!  I had heard about NPR's Wait Wait...  Don't Tell Me!, but it wasn't until I happened upon the...

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Brittni Vega
Becker
3

If you want to take time out of your day reveling in the cuteness of cuddling dogs, this is the book for you. The story is told from the point of view of Harlow, a Weimaraner, who is best friends with Sage, a Miniature Dachshund. They cuddle, they play, they watch Meryl Streep movies. As Sage...

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Diane Ackerman
Becker
3

Ackerman's book is a fascinating look at the Anthopecene Age--where we are now living in geologic time--and the global effects that humans are having on our planet and all of the species that live on it. Covering topics as varied as climate change, green buildings, invasive species, epigenetics...

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Nicky Albrechtsen
Laurie.
4

The Romans and Egyptians used handkerchiefs but it wasn't until the 20th century that every day folk were able to afford them. So popular was the concept that Kimberly-Clark launched disposable tissues in 1923. The War however limited the use of paper so traditional handkerchiefs made a come...

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Chris Hadfield
Becker
4

Amazing photographs of earth taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. While the crew of the ISS is often busy doing science and maintaining the station, Hadfield also has a passion for photography, and he takes the time here to share pictures of earth from...