Nonfiction, Psychology, STEM

The Body by Bill Bryson

A Guide for Occupants After I didn't love The Road to Little Dribbling, I wanted to give Bill Bryson another shot. My mom had enjoyed A Short History of Nearly Everything, so I thought I might try one of his more science minded books instead of another travel one. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Bill Bryson… Continue reading The Body by Bill Bryson

Biography, Essays, Nonfiction, Travel

World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

I'd been looking forward to an Anthony Bourdain travel guide for years, hoping that eventually he would sit still long enough to write it. When he died, I thought we'd never get one and I was quite excited when it was announced that Laurie, his longtime assistant, would edit and assemble one instead. Synopsis From… Continue reading World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

History, Nonfiction

Nonfiction November Week 3: Expert Opinion

This one is always a tough one - I have so many interests and tend to read pretty widely across them. When I taught social studies we frequently had to create "text sets," a collection of fiction and nonfiction across multiple reading levels that pertained to whatever topic we were covering. So this year, I've… Continue reading Nonfiction November Week 3: Expert Opinion

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology, True Crime

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Another Nonfiction Book Club selection! This one was a highly anticipated read for many of our members. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.… Continue reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Nonfiction

Nonfiction November Week 2: Nonfiction, Meet Fiction

I absolutely love doing "If You Like This, Try This" pairings and regularly do about 18 of them every couple months for the bookstore I work at. I, however, tend to read things based on what I've watched as well, so this year I'm going with a nonfiction book / movie or tv series pairing… Continue reading Nonfiction November Week 2: Nonfiction, Meet Fiction

Biography, Nonfiction

Bourdain edited by Laurie Woolever

The Definitive Oral Biography If you've followed this blog for even a short amount of time, you know what huge fans Laura and I are of Tony. Naturally, when this was announced, I knew I was going to read it as soon as I could. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the… Continue reading Bourdain edited by Laurie Woolever

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Psychology

Broken by Jenny Lawson

(In the Best Possible Way) How do I love Jenny? Let me count the ways... Synopsis From the publisher marketing:As Jenny Lawson's hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor. Jenny discusses the frustration of… Continue reading Broken by Jenny Lawson

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Political Science, Sociology

Darkly by Leila Taylor

Black History and the Heart of America's Gothic Soul When we last voted on Nonfiction Book Club books, we were truly looking to diversify our reading. When one of the book club members put this book forth for consideration, we were all most intrigued. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Leila Taylor takes us into the dark… Continue reading Darkly by Leila Taylor