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One Summer America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s snarky style comes through in his book, One Summer America, 1927. He makes history a lot more fun than I remembered it in school. So many things happened that year.  There was the famous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by … Continue reading

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Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation by Steve Vogel

The War of 1812 is one of the “forgotten wars” of the United States. It is, however, the conflict that helped to create the nation we have and provided the inspiration to our national anthem. In Through the Perilous Fight, Steve Vogel skillfully weaves together … Continue reading

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What Should We Be Worried About? Real Scenarious That Keep Scientists Up at Night by John Brockman

Through his organization Edge Foundation, John Brockman asks academics and artists to respond to a provocative question about science that will bring something new to a discussion. This year he asks: What should we be worried about? One hundred and … Continue reading

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Sister Mother Husband Dog, (etc) by Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron has written an entertaining group of personal essays that range from the deeply touching to the absurdly humorous in Sister Mother Husband Dog, (etc.)  The first essay in the book is a tribute to her late sister, the writer Nora … Continue reading

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Bread & Wine: a Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Bread & Wine is a combination of short stories of Niequist’s life with a focus on difficulties having children. She is a woman of faith and relates her stories to spiritual lessons which she realized after each individual experience. Almost … Continue reading

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In the Palm of Your Hand: the Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit

In the Palm of Your Hand isn’t just a handy poetry guide for poets, it also contains a hefty chunk of poems from both known and lesser-known poets.  Steve Kowit masterfully demonstrates that a combination of both writing and reading … Continue reading

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Going Clear, Scientology: Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright’s journalistic writing is the perfect voice for the subject of Scientology. In the hands of most other writers, Scientology would float into the ether, a dark and unfathomable history left unread by sensible readers.  That said, though Wright … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Gospel: the Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows by G.S. Boritt

Almost seven score and ten years ago on November 19th, the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA was dedicated to those Union soldiers who fought and died during the three day battle there. It was at this event that President Abraham … Continue reading

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Face by Sherman Alexie

Face is a book of poetry for anyone that’s suspicious of poetry, like I am.  Alexie’s writing style is clear, straightforward, and without excessive literary devices.  This allows the thought he’s trying to convey in his poem to take center stage, … Continue reading

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Toddler: Real-life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

These days, I read a lot of mom-oirs – enough to feel justified making up a word to describe the sub-genre clash of parenting book meets memoir.  My twins are fifteen months old.  They toddle and they’re fickle, irrational, urgent, … Continue reading

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