Category Archives: Non-Fiction

The Rape Of Nanking by Iris Chang

In 1937 the Japanese marched through China and made their way to Nanking, where over 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were brutally tortured, raped and murdered.  This is a non-fiction account of  these atrocities. After World War II, Japanese officials … Continue reading

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Names For The Sea: Strangers In Iceland by Sarah Moss

From Goodreads: “Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a … Continue reading

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Love Is A Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

Sheffield is a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, with a long career in reviewing pop culture and music.  Love is a Mix Tape is a beautiful memoir about the romance and untimely death of his wife Renee. I really enjoyed this … Continue reading

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A Crack In The Edge Of The World by Simon Winchester

Geologist and writer Simon Winchester presents a book about the Great San Francisco earthquake that occurred on April 18, 1906.  Winchester goes to great lengths to explain how our earth is connected by the various tectonic plates, so that even … Continue reading

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The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling

Subtitled “Dinosaurs, Evolution and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World,” this wonderful work of non-fiction is the story of Mary Anning who, in 1811 at the age of 12, discovered a dinosaur skeleton at the cliffs of her English home … Continue reading

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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

When Laurie Lee was a young man, he set off on an adventure from his home in rural England.  It was 1934, before motorized travel was common, so he walked to London, relying on his wits and his violin to … Continue reading

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

I’m going to say from the start that The Radium Girls is going on my list of all-time favorites.  This haunting story will stay with me forever.  This work of non-fiction is reminiscent of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks combined a gut-wrenching story … Continue reading

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