Monthly Archives: March 2011

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Fifteen years ago in early May, several climbers lost their lives near the summit of Mt. Everest during an unexpected and brutal storm.  Hampered visibility, oxygen deprivation, and a wind chill index of 100 degrees below zero prevented these climbers … Continue reading

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Muhammad by Deepak Chopra

This historical novel, Muhammad follows the life of Muhammad from his birth in 570 CE to his death in 632. Each chapter gives the view of a particular person in Muhammad’s circle of friends, family, followers, foes. Muhammad is orphaned … Continue reading

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The Wave: in Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

 Susan Casey has written a thrilling nonfiction book, which is particularly timely after Japan’s recent tsunami.  She explores the subject of waves from all angles: the past, present, and future.   Her explanation of scientific data is understandable, while informing the reader about changes in our … Continue reading

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A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen

In A Complaint Free World Kansas City Pastor Will Bowen describes how his parishioners have changed their lives through the simple act of not complaining. They use bracelets that they slip from wrist to wrist when they catch themselves voicing … Continue reading

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The Buddha & the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, & Online Dating by Kiera Van Gelder

Van Gelder begins her fast-paced memoir at an art camp when she’s fifteen. She has deluded herself into believing a boy she’s known for two weeks is her boyfriend. After they engage in what President Clinton evidently doesn’t consider sex, … Continue reading

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Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story by Patrick and Henry Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn, a globe trotting journalist covering the war in Afghanistan, receives a phone call that his beloved son has suffered a breakdown. Twenty-year old Henry has dived fully clothed into the freezing waters near his home and nearly drowned. … Continue reading

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The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The Night Bookmobile is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. The Night Bookmobile was originally written as a short story based on a one of Niffenegger’s reoccurring childhood dreams.  According to the author, the Night Bookmobile is … Continue reading

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Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

After an adult Halpern moves in with his parents, he starts tweeting things his Dad says. In short order so many people are following his tweets that the media contacts him for interviews and appearances. Those tweets are compiled and … Continue reading

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

This haunting tale transports the reader into the foggy mists of an English country house that hides many layers of secrets. The heroines of the story are Vida Winter, the most popular novelist of her time; and Margaret Lea, the … Continue reading

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“The Power of Half” by Kevin and Hannah Salwen

The Power of Half is a book that might revolutionize the charity system. This is a story about a family of wealth and the receptiveness of the parents to the daughter’s ideas and thinking. This family lived the luxurious life … Continue reading

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