Archive of Non-fiction

30Jul2018

Book #22: World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

This book pulls no punches.  Richard Maybury is the author of multiple books that force me to examine what I’ve always understood about history, politics and economics, but this was the first.  World War II: There Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today is a study of WWII from an economic standpoint and what he draws from his research and those of other historian/economists shocked me.

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30Jul2018

Book #21: Holding Fast

After finishing Isaiah for Airheads, I was ready for another supplement to scripture study. I saw this one on Goodreads and it peaked my interest.  I love Amazon’s used book selection and I’m certain it’s enabling my book buying addiction, but Holding Fast by Robert Millet was worth it.  In fact, I might buy copies to give away as well. Geared specifically toward LDS readers, the subtit

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28Jul2018

Book #18: Isaiah for Airheads

I’ve never read a John Bytheway book before, but his book Isaiah for Airheads, caught my eye while I was in Deseret Book in Portland.  I always thought his books were geared toward teens but after reading the blurb on the back, I knew this book was just right for me. Reading Isaiah is either a beautiful poetic experience or a massive stumbling block for me.  I’ve had times where reading f

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26Jul2018

Book #17: Flat Broke With Two Goats

The moral of this book?  Some people just never get their acts together.  Yeah, I kinda hated this author.  Hated is probably too strong of a word.  But she and I will never be friends.  I probably wouldn’t even have wanted to hear her tell her story at a party.  It would have just irritated me. I don’t want to expend a lot of effort on this review because I’ve got another twenty cu

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #16: Norse Mythology

Ah, Neil Gaiman, you’re a genius.  I don’t love all your books, but there are some that blow my mind. The Graveyard Book, Fortunately the Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, all amazing books I consider worthy of multiple readings.  When I impulse-purchased Norse Mythology while at Portland’s famous bookstore, Powells, I hoped I was in for a treat.  I was, but not wholly wha

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #14: Sky Theater: Essays on Rural Life and Community

I have been to South Dakota once, on route from Kansas, where I grew up, to Washington, where I live now.  We stayed near the Black Hills and saw Mt. Rushmore, but only had a day to spare there.  It wasn’t too different from Nebraska and Kansas, both familiar to me from many long drives across, but the Black Hills were beautiful and unique.  I was glad I went there, but I haven’t spent much

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26Jul2018

Book #12: Funny in Farsi

If I’m ever going to write a memoir, I better get a whole lot funnier.  Not all memoirs should be funny, but I sure do enjoy reading ones that make me laugh so much better.  Now, imagine the book, A Girl Named Zippy, except that Zippy is an Iranian immigrant.  That’s what Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America by Firoozah Dumas reminded of, and it deserves such a lofty

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08Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #11: Parenting from the Inside Out

I’ve got baggage.  We all do, really, and some of it can be attributed to the way we were parented.  Since I have kids in therapy for anxiety and depression, I took our counselor’s recommendation to read Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell, hoping it would help me find more tools to help my kids. The authors drew on their experiences as a child psychiatris

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04Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #6 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Have you ever met someone that you instantly clicked with?  You don’t have to be exactly the same, but you seem to just ride the same wavelength?  I love that feeling and I hang on to those people.  I love authors like that too, and it is even easier to hang on to them because I can buy their books and read them over and over and feel that connection.  Whether the connection is to the charac

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06Jan2018
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Book #2: The 21 Day Sugar Detox

I just went through a mental argument, telling myself that a cookbook shouldn’t count toward my 100 book goal, but then reminding myself that I read cookbooks cover to cover, so therefore it counts.  Then I told myself that it’s lame to blog about it, but I told that Negative Nellie voice to get over myself and just write something down, you stinker.  I’m very nice to my inner critic, as y

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