Non-Fiction Reviews

The Last of the Doughboys By Richard Rubin

What Tom Brokaw did for “The Greatest Generation,” Richard Rubin tries to do for their predecessors: the WWI generation, specifically those Americans who served in the American Expeditionary Forces. Rubin sought out the few surviving veterans of WWI (all of whom we have now lost to time), and he lets them tell their stories.

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ISBN: 9780547554433
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 28th, 2013

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

REVIEW: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.
Allen and Parnes have long histories as political journalists and each covered the Clinton and Obama campaigns. They have written a no-holds-barred biography of the likely Democratic nominee. The result is a fair and surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of Clinton's career as secretary of state and beyond. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780804136754
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 11th, 2014

The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle

The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich

Nature-writer Bernd Heinrich has a new book out, a cause for celebration! THE HOMING
INSTINCT reveals not only the often arduous and mysterious natural history of migration of other species, but, in it, Heinrich draws moving parallels between their visceral pull toward home and ours.

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ISBN: 9780547198484
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 8th, 2014

Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?

Art and Fear

Art and Fear is the next best thing to having an art coach. I read it every couple of years. Recommended by Lawrence, Kansas-based landscape painter and printmaker, Lisa Grossman.

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ISBN: 9780961454739
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Published: Image Continuum Press - April 1st, 2001

"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially--statistically speaking--there aren't any people like that.

Dirt Work

This is a terrific memoir about a small, hesitant woman who, once she learns her "tools," becomes one of the toughest workers on the trail building crew in Glacier National Park, Montana. With the soul of a poet, Byl writes with an ease and beauty you'll quickly warm to. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780807033272
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Published: Beacon Press - March 11th, 2014

A lively and lyrical account of one woman's unlikely apprenticeship on a national-park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

In the last 40 years, we have witnessed what could be called a seismic shift in the roles of men and women. The cultural tremors continue to affect every area of society: domestic life, education, business, and child-rearing. But some things haven't changed: the adaptability of women now serves them very well. However, men will need to meet the challenge of reinventing themselves.

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ISBN: 9781594631832
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013

Essential reading for our times, as women are pulling together to demand their rights-- A landmark portrait of women, men, and power in a transformed world.

"Anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, Rosin] concludes that women are gaining the upper hand." -The Washington Post

The Wisdom of the Myths by Luc Ferry

A wonderful introduction to the tropes and concerns of Greek mythology. Written for a lay audience, Ferry's guide suggests that the lessons of Tantalus, Sisyphus, and Orpheus have much to teach us about the role of harmony - peace of mind, cosmic justice, and a sense of fairness - in our world today. Engaging, informative, and compelling! Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062215451
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 7th, 2014

More than 100,000 copies sold in France

A fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero

Hilarious memoir about the production of what one critic has called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" - The Room (2003). What drew me in was not the description of the filming itself, but rather the surprisingly profound meditation on fame and artistic creation.

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ISBN: 9781451661194
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2013

From the actor who lived through it all and an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer: the inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny story of a mysteriously wealthy social misfit who got past every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms--the making of The Room, "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" (Entertainment Weekly).

Boys in the Boat by James Daniel Brown

Written about the team that ultimately became the U.S. crew team in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, this wonderful telling focuses on the background of one particular student from the University of Washington, who overcomes personal adversity to become a member of the team.

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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2013

The #1 New York Times-bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.

Tender by Nigel Slater

The only guide to vegetable-based cooking you'll ever need. Part memoir, part cookbook, Tender is an ode to marvelous, "do-able" cuisine. Its luscious photographs deserve to be framed above the mantle place. Recommended by Chip. 

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ISBN: 9781607740377
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 26th, 2011

A comprehensive, deeply personal, and visually stunning guide to growing and cooking vegetables from Britain's foremost food writer, with more than 400 recipes and extensive gardening notes.