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#NFBookClub Discussion Part 2

November 24, 2016 Uncategorized 7


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today, we’re wrapping up our Nonfiction November book club discussion. Again, I know this is a long one, so I’ll leave the discussion link-up open until Dec 15th. Once again, I’ll give you just the questions and then the questions with my answers so you can choose to ignore my answers until you’ve written your own if you like.

  1. What did you think of Kanner and Rimland’s biases? Did you find Rimland’s biases more forgivable?
  2. What role do you think parents and patients should play in medical research? 
  3. What role do you think the media plays and should play in medical research? In particular, were you surprised by the impact the movie Rain Man had on the perception of autism? Overall, do you think the movie had a positive or negative effect?
  4. Should we use the phrase “people with autism” or “autistic person” or some other phrasing?
  5. Is there any other reading you’d recommend for learning more about autism?

My answers and a link-up for sharing your answers are below.  Read more »


Nonfiction November: Be the Expert

November 21, 2016 Uncategorized 24

fall-festivalWeek 4 of Nonfiction November is another classic topic, hosted by Julz at Julz Reads:

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

If you have books you’d like to share or a topic you’d like to learn more about, be sure to add your post to the link-up! Today, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite books on women in history that I’ve read this year. Read more »



Review: The Sympathizer

November 17, 2016 Uncategorized 10

Review: The SympathizerTitle: The Sympathizer
Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I enjoyed the clever writing and fast-paced plot, but the ending got a bit surreal and a really terrible trope made me enjoy it much less.

This story is also a confession – the confession being written by the imprisoned narrator, relating his life as a double agent. Although he was evacuated to America after the Vietnam war ended, he is secretly reporting back to the communist leadership in Vietnam. He is also living a double life in other ways. As the child of a French soldier and a Vietnamese woman and as a communist who was educated in the United States, he’s never quite fit in with either world. Although he has already decided his loyalties, as he writes this story, he’s forced to come to terms with who he’s become.
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Nonfiction November: Book Pairing

November 15, 2016 Uncategorized 24


Welcome to week 3 of Nonfiction November! We’re celebrating nonfiction this week with one a previous favorite topic – nonfiction and fiction book pairings. Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves is hosting the link-up this week and our prompt is the following:

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. Read more »


#NFBookClub Discussion Part 1

November 10, 2016 Uncategorized 6


Hi everyone! Welcome to the Nonfiction November edition of our nonfiction book club! I hope you’re all enjoying Neurotribes as much as I am and are just as excited to discuss this thought-provoking book. I know it’s a long one, so I’ll keep the link-up at the bottom of the post all month, so you can join the discussion at your own pace. First, I’ll just give you the discussion questions and then you can keep reading for my answers, that way it’s easy to wait to read my answers until after you’ve written your own if you like. So, here is our first set of discussion questions!

1. Had you heard of Henry Cavendish before? What do you think the author’s purpose was for beginning with the story of two famous physicists who were autistic? Was your reaction when his eccentricities were first described different because he was a nobleman living in the 1700s, instead of a contemporary?

2. What do you think of the doctors promising autism cures?

3. Do you think the author is unbiased? Do you feel like their are any particular points he’s trying to make? If so, is he doing a good job making them

4. How do you like the book so far?

My answers and the link-up are below. Read more »


Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

November 9, 2016 Uncategorized 20

Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpTitle: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: I liked the basic idea, but the details didn’t work for me and sometimes seemed pretty crazy.

Marie Kondo is a professional cleaning consultant now, but she’s been interested in cleaning and organizing since she was very young. In this book, she shares her the method she’s developed for organizing based on years of trying different things. She also shares the emotional connection she feels with her home and the objects she owns. Read more »


Review: Your Inner Fish

November 8, 2016 Uncategorized 0

Review: Your Inner FishTitle: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Author: Neil Shubin
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Despite a very simple message, the author’s enthusiasm, plus clear prose and images, made this accessible and compulsively readable.

Paleontologist Neil Shubin primarily studies ancient fish, but he uses what he learns to gain new insights into human anatomy and our evolutionary past.  By examining living and ancient fish, it’s possible to trace the history of many aspects of human anatomy. As he explains this history, we also get to learn about the process by which his lab continues to make new discoveries. Read more »


#NFBookClub December Read Announcement

November 8, 2016 Uncategorized 12


I’m excited to announce that for December, Lory of Emerald City Book Review has invited the Nonfiction Book Club to do a joint read-along with her Reading New England challenge. For December we’ll be reading The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. I’ve been wanting to read one of his books since I started hearing good things about his In the Heart of the Sea when it was made into a movie last year. Our discussion questions will be posted as follows:

Dec 11th – Part I and II Discussion Questions

Dec 22nd – Part III and IV Discussion Questions

I hope you’ll join us this month learning about the history of New England!