#NFBookClub Discussion Part 1

November 10, 2016 Uncategorized 6

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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 »

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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 »

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#NFBookClub December Read Announcement

November 8, 2016 Uncategorized 12

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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!

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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 »

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Nonfiction November Week 1 Wrap-Up

November 4, 2016 Uncategorized 12

fall-festivalWow! It’s only the first week of Nonfiction November and I’m having so much fun already. Thank you all for joining in and making this a great event! Today, I’ll be recapping your answers to this week’s prompt. First, I’m excited that all of you are looking to meet new bloggers and find new nonfiction to read. Be sure to visit each other’s post so you can connect with new bloggers! For finding new nonfiction, I’m here to help you out today, because I’ll be sharing one book each blogger mentioned as either their favorite or most recommended read of the year. Here we go! Read more »

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Review: The Comet Seekers

November 3, 2016 Uncategorized 10

Review: The Comet SeekersTitle: The Comet Seekers
Author: Helen Sedgwick
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: The beautiful writing plus the lovely mix of science and story reminded me of All the Light We Cannot See, but happier.

“Róisín and François first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes. While Róisín grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, François was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past. As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment.” (Source) Read more »

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Review: Brain on Fire

November 2, 2016 Memoir, non-fiction, Psychology, Science 14

Review: Brain on FireTitle: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was an amazing mix of clear, informative journalism and moving, emotional memoir.
“When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.” (source) Read more »

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October Wrap-Up

November 2, 2016 Uncategorized 8

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I’m a little behind doing my October wrap-up, but since I’ve missed the last two, I’ve decided to do one anyway to get back in the habit. Plus, I think I’ve finally adjusted to my new schedule and I’m excited to see how my reading stacks up to previous months. Read more »

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