Category Archives: Nonfiction

True stories, interesting facts, and the like

Shakespeare: The World as Stage

—3.5— Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: World as Stage is a deviation from Bryson’s norm. Here, he contributes to the Eminent Lives series, which uses well-known authors to biography famous figures . As we quickly find in this work, there is not … Continue reading

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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

—4.5— What a great book!  Mary Roach has redeemed herself following the (in my opinion) less-than-satisfying book Spookwith a phenomenal third work Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.  As the title hints, this is a fascinating and funny … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

—4— The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, is an excellent book for any person who experienced the 1950’s firsthand, or, anyone (like me) who is a fan of this amazingly witty and funny author.  Bryson takes us back … Continue reading

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The Children’s Blizzard

—4— On January 12, 1888 an unexpected blizzard came down up the Dakota-Nebraskan plains, killing hundreds of settlers, many of them children trying to make their way home from school.  In David Laskin’s book, The Children’s Blizzard he explores the … Continue reading

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The God Delusion

—4— I’m really not interested in getting into anything controversial on my book blog, but I just finished Richard Dawkins’ work The God Delusion so I’m going to say a few things.  I have mixed feelings about this book.  Dawkins is very insightful, and … Continue reading

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Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

—4— The tagline for Spencer Wells’ book Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project is “The Landmark DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past”.  And that is exactly what this remarkable book is about.  Wells introduces the average man to genetic … Continue reading

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The Family That Couldn’t Sleep

—5— You know I love a good medical mystery.  The Family That Couldn’t Sleep by D.T. Max was a such a remarkable book.  It begins by introducing an Italian family in which many members die early because they can no … Continue reading

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MAUS

—4.5—  I just finished MAUS: A Survivor’s Taleby Art Spiegelman.   It was in two parts; the first: My Father Bleeds History, the second: Here My Troubles Began.  MAUS is a graphic novel telling the story of the author’s father’s survival … Continue reading

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Under the Banner of Heaven

—3.5— Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven in many ways is unlike his other works.  But again he tackles extreme lives, and it is well worth reading.  In this book, Krakauer chronicles two brothers who murdered their sister-in-law and … Continue reading

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A Man Without A Country

—5— This Book Is Awesome. It is basically Kurt Vonnegut ranting about whatever he wants to. His writing, President Bush, the environment, and art . And it is FUNNY. Dark, but funny. I enjoyed this book more than I thought … Continue reading

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