Category Archives: Adult non fiction

Iron Jawed Angels, film


This is a┬ámoving film on the fight for Women’s Suffrage in the United States. Iron Jawed Angels stars Hilary Swank, Julia Ormond, Angelica Huston, and Frances O’Connor. Just after the Presidential Election, it is being shown in classes at our … Continue reading

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson


Several people I told about this book already had heard of Dr. H. H. Holmes, a supposed doctor who built a murder hotel in Chicago near the World’s Fairgrounds. He preyed on young women with few other family members. Estimates … Continue reading

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Packed for the Wrong Trip: a new look inside Abu Ghraib and the citizen-soldiers who redeemed America’s honor, by W. Zach Griffith


I laughed, cried, read in disbelief, and recognized ties to some extent parallel to my camaraderie within my search and rescue team. A group of reserve soldiers from Maine, men from all kinds of jobs and careers, think they are … Continue reading

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An Exile Revisits Cuba: a memoir of humility, by Gabriel Ness (2016)


Gabriel Ness (a pseudo-nym) left Cuba with his family when he was nine. His father was lawyer and owned a family farm. After the Revolution, the government took the farm. They traveled to Havana and waited for a visa and … Continue reading

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Cosplay, by Lauren Orsini


Instant hit with my middle school girls! Combine the ideas of dress-up, manga, and pretending to be your favorite character. And what dress-ups, what extravagant costumes, interviews with the people who bring their characters to life at conventions around the … Continue reading

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Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore


http://www.amazon.com/dp/1400096138/ref=asc_df_14000961384106344?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=shopzilla0d-20&ascsubtag=shopzilla_rev_436-20;14536635924970750080910060301008005&linkCode=df0&creative=395093&creativeASIN=1400096138 Very interesting read. I read it because 1) it is written by a British cousin on my son’s dad’s side of the family, 2) it caught my eye in the New Books section of my Public Library, and 3) … Continue reading

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Quiet, The power of introverts in world that can’t stop talking, by Susan Cain


Several friends of mine recommended this book. I enjoyed that parts were about Harvard Business School (having audited a Marketing class there and utterly failed to make a comment all class long when participation is 50% of the grade). I … Continue reading

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