Archive of Non-fiction

09Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Did anyone read this article, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" by Amy Chua, back when it was circulating around in the social networks six months ago? Please tell me you were just as astonished by it as I was. When my book group recommended we read Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, I was all for it. I knew there had to be more to the story than just that article, which is an

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05Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Remember that whole debacle a while ago about Pluto no longer being a planet?  It was such a kerfuffle!  People took sides and got really passionate about it.  I vaguely remember my mother-in-law wearing a pin that said something along the lines of "It is SO a planet, jerks."  Hopefully she'll correct me on that if I've got it wrong. The man who killed Pluto's planetary status is Mike B

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18Nov2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Non-fiction, Young Adult
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Parenting at its worst

There's nothing quite like reading a book with some truly horrific family situations to make you feel like a stellar parent.  I don't often read books like this to build up my motherhood self-esteem, since mostly it just makes me sad, but when books are recommended highly enough by people I trust, I do it anyway. Jeannette Walls' book, The Glass Castle, is a memoir of her highly unconventional

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08Oct2011
Author
Caren
Category
Non-fiction, Young Adult
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Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow

Every so often I read a book that hits me so hard I know that I will never see the world the same way again.  All good literature changes me to some degree, but then there are those special books whose imprint is so strong that I know I will still be thinking about it years from now.  Susan Campbell Bartoletti's award-winning Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's Shadow is one of those.  It wa

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17Sep2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Cooking, Non-fiction
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What’s Eating Your Child?

I'm a bit obsessed with food, but not in a bad way.  It's more like the whole process of making, growing, preparing, and eating food is utterly fascinating to me.  I think it's because I discovered food later in life.  Yes, I have eaten food my entire life, but I was a terribly picky eater as a child, then became a young adult who found the whole process of preparing food to be tedious and "dom

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Caught up in four sentences or less

Oh my, what a summer I've had.  Between preparing for a cross-country move, driving about two thousand miles for a wedding and a vacation, moving 1700 miles away to the East Coast, frantically unpacking and getting ready for school to start, writing reviews of books has been so low on my list it nearly fell off.  But I'm back!  I'm ready to get caught up and dive into reviews!  Instead of decl

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02Jun2011
Author
Caren
Category
Kids, Mystery, Non-fiction, Science Fiction
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5 reviews in 5 minutes

Note to self: Don't ever make a commitment to be more diligent in writing reviews.  That will just guarantee that life will increase in pace until it becomes completely frenetic and you can barely see straight. Having recently just made a big out-of-state move, I am currently despairing that I will ever get back into any routine.  So I'm going to try something different for this post.  Revie

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08Apr2011
Author
Co-review
Category
Co-Review, Non-fiction
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Co-review: The Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey is a radio talk show host, an author and a finance expert.  He's made millions by telling people how to get out of debt and save for the future.  If you haven't heard of him, I am shocked.  I've never listened to his radio show or read a book of his until recently, but I knew who he is.  He has a handful of books about finances, starting with Financial Peace, and each one is guidan

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06Apr2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

Back in the late eighties and early nineties, one of my favorite morning traditions was to read the comics section of the newspaper my parents subscribed to.  I barely tolerated the boring and ancient strips like Beetle Bailey, Blondie and Family Circle, occasionally chuckled at Garfield, loved the quirkiness of The Far Side, but saved the best for last.  Calvin and Hobbes was always the

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26Mar2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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Left To Tell

For centuries, the two tribes that make up the country of Rwanda, the Hutus and the Tutsis, have been warring against each other.  The tribe in power has shifted back and forth between the two, often after many brutal deaths in the upheaval for control.  The tension between the parties came to a head in 1994 when exiled Tutsi rebels invaded the capital.  In retaliation, the Hutu gov

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