Category Archives: Non-fiction

Notorious RBG by Carmon and Knizhnik

I’m still mad at RBG. Appointed by Clinton in 1993, Ruth was only the second female on the Supreme Court (That’s right, kids: the mens used to think that mixing a career and family was too much for us. It … Continue reading

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Read  August 2017 Recommended for Americans ★    ★    ★    ★    ★    “And all this is happening in the richest and freest country in the world, and in the middle of the 20th century. The subtle and deadly change of … Continue reading

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The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of bohemians ★    ★    1/2     Hey, maybe I’m a Bohemian!   My friend Tracy periodically reviews decorating books, and I always end up tempted by her selections. I’m style-impaired, so I was … Continue reading

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Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, M.D.

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who want to understand more about health and race ★    ★    ★    1/2   If there is one thing that can pull me out of my traditional genres, it’s a meditation on modern medicine. … Continue reading

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Read April 2017 Recommended for Americans ★    ★    ★   ★    ★   It is no surprise that “Evicted” was the University Wisconsin-Madison’s Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and … Continue reading

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, read by Bryan Cranston

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of war stories ★    ★    ★   1/2 This is quite the book, and Cranston is quite the reader. Well suited with gravely voice, solemn tones, perfect diction and flow that draws me in. I’m … Continue reading

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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz

Read October 2016 to February 2017 Recommended for dog lovers and scent enthusiasts  ★     ★    ★    1/2 Me, non-fiction and the Kindle–we’re a match made in heaven. For naps. So the fact that it took me so long to … Continue reading

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. Or, Mostly Conceivable.

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Princess Bride  ★     ★     ★    Three stars? Inconceivable! –I do not think that word means what you think it means– It’s true; it is barely conceivable that one could not adore “As You … Continue reading

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The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

Read October 2016 Recommended for people who want to learn more about the tarot  ★     ★    ★     1/2 The tarot is a fascinating way to develop insight and introspection. Jessa Crispin takes an interesting approach by using the tarot to … Continue reading

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. Or The Rage Confounder.

Read July  2016 Recommended for people who dislike language, writing and communication  ★    We all have one, that person we’d prefer to get along with, but every time they open their mouth, so much stupid erupts that low-level irritation … Continue reading

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