Category: non-fiction

Monuments Men Part III Questions

January 28, 2014 Blogger Events, History, non-fiction 2

Covers on the Silver ScreenI’m a bit late posting my question answers this week since I was out of town all weekend (at ALA! but more on that later). I am still very excited about The Monuments Men though. In fact, I’m recommending it to people already, even though I’m not done reading it! I can just tell that it’s going to be good and expect the movie to be very funny. If you’re reading along,  be sure to link up your answers at Bookalicious Mama. Read more »

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How to Write Short

January 28, 2014 non-fiction 30

how to write shortTitle: How to Write Short
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Source: library
Fun Fact: The term blurb comes from the fictitious character Miss Belinda Blurb whose over-the-top praise was used to sell books.
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This guide included a ton of great techniques and ideas for practicing them. Definitely something I’d like to own as a reference.

“In How to Write Short, Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed-from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short-form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, How to Write Short guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.” (Source) Read more »

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Sex and the Founding Fathers

January 21, 2014 Biography, History, non-fiction 20

sex and the founding fathersTitle: Sex and the Founding Fathers
Author: Thomas Foster
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review Summary: This book included a lot of interesting stories written in a not very interesting, not very organized way.

Sex and the Founding Fathers does not directly deal with sex and the founding fathers, as you might expect. Instead the author examines how people have remembered the founding fathers and their sex lives throughout history. He argues that how we view the founding fathers says something about our values. We like to imagine that the founding fathers were paragons of virtue. How we remember them shows what we think an ideal American should be like. Read more »

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Non-Fiction Friday

January 17, 2014 Blogger Events, non-fiction 8

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Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!


Non-Fiction News and Resources

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Saturday Night Widows

January 14, 2014 Memoir, non-fiction 28

Saturday Night WidowsTitle: Saturday Night Widows
Author: Becky Aikman
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: I was blown away by how emotional this book and by how well I felt like I knew each women in the group by the end.

As a young widow, Becky Aikman is looking for help moving on with her life. After attending a disastrous support group meeting at which everyone is depressed and angry, she decides to start her own group. Through friends and acquaintances, she finds a group of six young, recently widowed women. Since Saturday night is a tough night to be alone, that’s when she convenes her first group of the Saturday Night Widows. This inspiring story is about not only helping each other survive their grief, but also about going on to make a new beginning together. Read more »

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Non-Fiction Friday

January 10, 2014 non-fiction, Non-Fiction Friday 16

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Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!


Non-Fiction News and Resources

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Orange is the New Black – A Bookish TV Show Review

December 26, 2013 Book To Movie Challenge, Memoir, non-fiction 14

Orange is the New BlackThe TV adaptation of Orange is the New Black was both better and worse than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised by the perfection of the casting. Not all of the characters were exactly as I imagined them, but they were all instantly identifiable. I was even more surprised and impressed by how much more relatable Piper was in the TV show. As much as I adore books, I often find movies more emotionally moving. Sorrow, love, violence… intense situations and emotions almost always affect me more viscerally on the screen. Orange is the New Black  was no exception. Seeing Piper and her husband react to the beginning of her jail sentence made me even more empathetic than reading about it. In the book, Piper often seemed like a dispassionate observer of her situation. Despite an internal monologue shared with the viewer, Piper seemed more immersed in her situation in the show. Read more »

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Gaming Online Dating In Data, A Love Story

December 24, 2013 Memoir, non-fiction 11

online dating in data, a love storyTitle: Data, A Love Story
Author: Amy Webb
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Summary: The online dating analysis was interesting, but I didn’t always find the author relatable.

I have several friends who have tried online dating. In every case, the horror stories outnumber the good dates I hear about ten to one. After discovering for herself how often online dating can go horribly wrong, the author Amy Webb decided to use her data analysis skills to game online dating. She would figure out exactly what she wanted in a guy; create a scoring system to determine which guys were worth a date; and learn from popular female profiles in order to craft her own. It worked too, as she met her husband on her first post-analysis date.

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Non-Fiction Friday

December 20, 2013 Blogger Events, non-fiction 6

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Today is the second Non-Fiction Friday and I’ve decided to add a section where I share some non-fiction news from around the internet. I won’t be adding links from other bloggers, but I will be asking bloggers I know to add some of their great non-fiction reviews and round-ups to the link-up at the end of this post 🙂 Read more »

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