Category Archives: nonfiction

Sunday Salon: Thoughts

It’s been over three months since I last wrote a post. Three brutal months that have left my family and I changed–but for the better. There have been many times that I found myself composing a blog post in my … Continue reading

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Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano 213 pages Published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press Source: I bought it English artist William Morris once … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a new year and I am determined to read more! Well every year I’m determined to read more, but this year is … Continue reading

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Favorite Adult Reads of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction … Continue reading

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November’s Happiness Project: Food and Gratitude

Time: // 7:09 a.m. Monday morning The scene: // my little sisters are getting ready for school, Spongebob Squarepants is playing in the background, and of course, I’m drinking my second cup of coffee. It’s so nice and chilly outside, … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November: My list of potentials

It’s back! Lu (Regular Rumination) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), along with two new co-hosts are bringing back one of my favorite blogging events, Nonfiction November! I’ve been getting ready for this event for the past month. While a slim majority … Continue reading

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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson #diversiverse

brown girl dreaming Jacqueline Woodson 338 pages Published in August 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books Source: Public Library The first time I write my full name Jacqueline Amanda Woodson without anybody’s help on a clean white page in my composition … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Have I Got a Book for you! #diversiverse

Happy Sunday! Instead of telling you what I’m up to, I decided to do something different. A Diverse Universe event is coming up and I thought I’ll write a list post for anyone who’s thinking about joining the event and … Continue reading

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Review: The Day I Became an Autodidact

The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell me Thereafter Kendall Hailey 288 pages Published in January 1989 by Delta Source: Public library A few days ago, I started reading The Day I Became … Continue reading

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Books read in April

April has come and gone. Thank God. It was just a stressful month. My neck is still sprained and I’m starting to understand – really understand that I’m getting older and it’s time for me to start taking better care of … Continue reading

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Review: Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School? : A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means For the Classroom  Daniel T. Willingham 180 pages Published in March 2009 by Jossey-Bass Source: Public Library In Why Don’t … Continue reading

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Review: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi

L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food Roy Choi with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan 320 pages Published in November 2013 by Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of Ecco Books Source: Public Library   Up until that moment, I … Continue reading

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The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Steir

The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT Debbie Steir 238 pages Published in February 2014 by Harmony Books, an imprint of Harper Source: Publisher So here I was, five months in and back to square one: confused, confronting … Continue reading

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Thoughts: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett 320 pages Published in November 2013 by Harper Source: Public Library …You will take bits from books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen and conversations you’ve had and stories friends … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November: Graphic Memoir/Biography

Lu of Regular Rumination and Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness are hosting Nonfiction November, celebrating the power of nonfiction. Each week, the duo ask a particular question and participants are encouraged to answer the question and even post reviews of nonfiction. … Continue reading

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Short review: Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Survival Lessons Alice Hoffman 83 pages Published October 1, 2013 by Algonquin Books Source: Publisher . . .Then I knew. Good fortune and bad luck are always tied together with invisible, unbreakable thread. It happens to everyone, in one way … Continue reading

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Review: Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo

Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Karen Karbo 240 pages October 2013 by Skirt! Source: Publisher In the summer of 1946, Julia McWilliams and Paul Child drove across America. A bottle of vodka and a thermos of mixed martinis … Continue reading

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Review: The Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling Quinn Cummings 230 pages Published in 2012 by Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Source: Public Library I was hiding in the laundry room fighting off a full-blown panic attack. If long … Continue reading

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Short review: Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Written by Jim Ottaviani Illustrated by Maris Wicks Published in 2013 by First Second Books 139 pages Source: Public Library In Primates, Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks tell … Continue reading

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Back to School Reading Challenge

When I saw that the wonderful Joy from Joy’s Book Blog was hosting the Back-to-School Reading Challenge, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. August and September are a favorite time of year for me — back to school season! I … Continue reading

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High Summer Readathon and Just One Paragraph

The High Summer Read-a-thon officially started last night but I decided to wait until this morning to begin my stack of books. My reading isn’t going very well so hopefully this week-long read-a-thon is what I need to make a … Continue reading

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Library Loot

Library Loot is one of my favorite weekly events hosted by Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) and Claire (The Captive Reader). It’s a meme where bloggers share what they’ve recently checked out from the library.  Today I went … Continue reading

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Just Finished: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

Saying and meaning “Thanks” leads to a crazy thought: What more can I give? We take the action first, by giving—and then the insight follows, that this fills us. Sin is not the adult bookstore on the corner. It is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marbles by Ellen Forney

  Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney 256 pages Published in November 2012 by Gotham Books Where did I get this?  Public Library Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me chronicles illustrator Ellen Forney’s years-long … Continue reading

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Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain 368 pages Published in January 2013 by Broadway Source: Bought it If it wasn’t for a Twitter chat a few months ago, I probably wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Short Children’s Book Reviews: We March by Shane W. Evans and I Have a Dream by Kadir Nelson

We March Shane W. Evans 32 pages Published in 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Public Library In We March, author Shane W. Evans take readers to August 28, 1963, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin 192 pages Published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Source: Public Library Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurtson follows the critically-acclaimed author and … Continue reading

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Children’s Books on Famous Artists: Me, Frida, It Jes’ Happened, and Chuck Close Face Book

Me, Frida Written by Amy Novesky. Illustrated by David Diaz Published in 2010 by Abrams Books for Young Readers I love beautiful art. I also love reading about Frida Kahlo, so when Jill (Rhapsody in Books) wrote a review about … Continue reading

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Review: American Grown by Michelle Obama

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America Michelle Obama 272 pages Published in May 2012 by Crown Publishing Source: Library And the more I learned about this problem, the more I came to … Continue reading

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Review: No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, artwork by R. Gregory Christie 192 pages Published in 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books Source: … Continue reading

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