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Thread: NON Fiction recommendations?

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    Super Member thimblebug6000's Avatar
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    NON Fiction recommendations?

    I've been enjoying reading stories of peoples travels, gardens, etc. and wondered if anyone had some good authors or titles to recommend. Only NON Fiction, please.
    Here's my list recently:
    Alexander, William The $64 Tomato February 2012 good
    Blanchet, M. Wylie The Curve of Time March 2012 okay
    Butala, Sharon The Perfection of the Morning Jan/Feb 2012 okay
    Hopkins, Lynda The Wisdom of the Radish March 2012 good
    Kanze, Edward Kangaroo Dreaming Mar/April 2012 okay
    Murphy, Dervla The Island that Dared October 2012 political
    Simonds, Merilyn The New Leaf January 2012 excellent
    Simonds, Merilyn/Grady, Wayne Breakfast at the Exit Cafe May 10, 2012 excellent

    Thanks for your suggestions!

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    "The Adventure of English" by Melvyn Bragg is about the history of the English language. Quite enlightening and interesting, I enjoyed it thoroughly. As a bonus, I didn't "read" it - I listened to the audio version so I got to HEAR the different pronunciations. It was also made into a TV series for BBC.
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    I dont remember who wrote it I read it at my daughters it was called "Starbucks Saved My Life"

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    Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival by Laura Hillenbrand

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    Killing Lincoln, by Bill O'Reiley

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    The Faith Club: a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew : three women search for understanding by Idliby, Ranya.

    We are reading this one this month at our book club.
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    Bagdad Without a Map -- Tony Horwitz
    Barefoot Sisters Southbound -- Lucy & Susan Letcher

    Those are two that come to mind. I'm a big fan of non-fiction travel adventure books, too. I could go on and on with the list.

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    Ditto for "Unbroken: a World War 2 Survival Story by Laura Hillenbran. This is one book I just couldn't put down.

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    Thanks everyone! Will see if I can get these at the library here. Lisa.... I'm happy if you add more to your list

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    Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"

    The author and her family move to a rural area to eat only what they grow and find locally, and live as much self-sustaining as possible or do without. Very interesting experiment on what they missed (and didn't miss!).

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    "The secret lives of dogs" and" The tipping point" sorry I don't have the authors

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    Artic Homestead -- Norma Cobb
    Shopping for Porcupine -- Seth Kantner
    Final Frontiersman - James Campbell
    The Lost Girls -- Jennifer Baggett
    States of Confusion -- Paul Jury
    A Walk Across America -- Peter Jenkins

    I do two things -- sew and read. If you run out of book ideas, let me know. Also, do you know about www.goodreads.com ? If you go on there and rate books you have read, it will give you suggesstions for more like them. It's a pretty good site for ideas.

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    Older titles:
    any Carl Sandberg about Lincoln/Civil War
    Dee Brown: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Meshack Browning: Forty-four Years in the Life of a Hunter
    Chronicles of Border Warfare sorry, don't remember the author, it is accounts of the first 'western' frontier. (Despite the title it is NOT about finishing quilts.)
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    Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
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    Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small
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    Any of Paul Theroux travel books. Love that guy, am reading The Happy Isles Of Oceania now. Most libraries carry at least some of his books as he has written tons. He also writes fiction, so check the nonfiction section for his travel adventures.

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    Cicero, the life & times of Rome's greatest politician by Anthony Everitt
    Hittlerland: American Eyewitnesses To The Nazi Rise To Power by Andrew Negorski
    Twenty Chickens For A Saddle by Robyn Scott
    Affirmation Action Around The World by Thomas Sowell
    Winston Churchill: An Intimate Portrait by Violet Bonham Carter
    Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey, the lost legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon
    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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    My fav true story is Giant George!
    check out his web site
    http://giantgeorge.com/
    Gale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Artic Homestead -- Norma Cobb
    Shopping for Porcupine -- Seth Kantner
    Final Frontiersman - James Campbell
    The Lost Girls -- Jennifer Baggett
    States of Confusion -- Paul Jury
    A Walk Across America -- Peter Jenkins

    I do two things -- sew and read. If you run out of book ideas, let me know. Also, do you know about www.goodreads.com ? If you go on there and rate books you have read, it will give you suggesstions for more like them. It's a pretty good site for ideas.
    Thanks just finished the Shopping for Porcupine & have started Peter jenkins book on Alaska now as our library didn't have the one on Amercia.

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