MARVELOUS NONFICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE


January 2017: Every Breath You Take by Rose Elliot, c2016

Every Breath You Take

simple happiness
sixteen ways to be mindful
great for beginners

based on Buddha’s instructions
step-by-step to feel the peace

                            MM

December 2016: What If? by Randall Munroe, c2014

What If?

witty ponderings
crazy hypotheticals
masterful answers

both serious & silly
funny & informative

                            MM

September - November 2016: The Zen Teacher by Dan Tricarico, c2015

The Zen Teacher

lowering your stress
transform yourself & your class
~ What really matters ~

insightful tips towards a
better quality of life

                            MM

Summer 2016: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, c1999

The Power of Now

embrace the present
accessing your deepest self
free of too much mind

key to freedom & true peace
deserves multiple readings

                            MM

May 2016: The Dog Who Could Fly by Damien Lewis, c2014

The Dog Who Could Fly

World War II missions
unshakable loyalty
unbreakable bonds

Czech airman & his brave dog's
extraordinary journey

                            MM

April 2016: Savor by Ilona Oppenheim, c2016

Savor

forest, field, and farm
natural ingredients
pure deliciousness

recipes & so much more . . .
gloriously beautiful

                            MM

February/March 2016: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans & Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, c2013

The Boys in the Boat

Depression era
collection of underdogs
Determination

masterful nonfiction with
ageless appeal -- Inspiring!

                            MM

January 2016: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, c2006

The Secret

down through the ages
thoughts create reality
bringing joy to life

have, be, or do anything . . .
a must-read for everyone

                            MM

December 2015: How We Learn by Benedict Carey, c2014

How We Learn

sifting through research
explore many theories
to build brain power

perspective on distractions
challenges current notions

                            MM

November 2015: Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion by Jon Katz, c2014

Saving Simon

depths of bonds we form
formerly forlorn turns friend
power of healing

thoughtful, heartfelt, uplifting
resiliency of spirit

                            MM

October 2015: The Port Chicago 50 (YA) by Steve Sheinkin, c2014

The Port Chicago 50

massive explosion
segregated Navy base
mutiny trial

photos and facts bring to light
unknown Civil Rights heroes

                            MM

August/September 2015: Healing Spices by Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal, c2011

Healing Spices

easy to prepare
secrets to beating disease
for maximum health

outstanding overview to
apply in everyday life

                            MM

July 2015: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (c2011) translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano, c2014.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

a simple system
to put your home in order
ending in pure joy

powerful, awesome results
that inspire a better life

                            MM

June 2015: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett, c2009

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

allure of rare books
a bibliomaniac
passion to collect

true-crime story extending
one's literary insight

                            MM

May 2015: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Manmade World by Mark Miodownik, c2014

Stuff Matters

everyday objects
of human needs & desires
seen in a new light

science for the common man
made highly entertaining

                            MM

April 2015: The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage (YA) by Eric Greitens, c2012

The Warrior's Heart

all around the globe
within the midst of hardship
living with purpose

inspiration for us all:
make a real difference

                            MM

March 2015: Nocturne: Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott, c2014

Nocturne: Creatures of the Night

from around the world
wild nighttime ambassadors
reveal their natures

brilliant, close-up photographs
fascinating facts for all

                            MM

February 2015: The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered by Michele Raffin, c2014

The Birds of Pandemonium

bird sanctuary
endangered, hurt, abandoned
caring for our world

completely remarkable
joyful, touching, inspiring

                            MM

January 2015: Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa with art by Sylvain Savoia (c2001) translated from the French by Angali Singh, c2009

Marzi

Communist Poland
small girl caught in iron fists
and coming-of-age

an honest first-hand account
told in graphic novel form

                            MM

December 2014: Popular: A Memoir - Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (YA) by Maya Van Wagenen, c2014

Popular

school's social ladder
shy girl & '50s teen guide
popularity

brave social experiment
eighth grader's memoir -- Timeless.

                            MM

November 2014: The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti, c2013

The Telling Room

picturesque village
larger-than-life characters
everlastingness

epiphany via cheese
with Spain's history mixed in

                            MM

October 2014: The Boy on the Wooden Box: A Memoir (YA) by Leon Leyson,c 2013

The Boy on the Wooden Box

concentration camps
youngest boy on Schindler's list
trapped in Nazis' hell

child's Holocaust perspective
told with dignity and grace

                            MM

September 2014: How I Discovered Poetry (YA) by Marilyn Nelson, c2014

How I Discovered Poetry

an Air Force childhood
searching for identity
1950s' life

told in fifty keen sonnets
to treasure, re-read, reflect

                            MM

August 2014: D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 (YA) by Rick Atkinson, c2014

D-Day

battle theatre
liberation arriving
by sky and by sea

ferocious bravery &
heartbreaking realities

                            MM

July 2014: Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff, c2013

Frozen in Time

perilous Greenland
flyers of the ice and snow
pure perseverance

remarkable bravery
Wow! What a great adventure!

                            MM

June 2014: Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm, c1993


Indian Creek Chronicles

winter wilderness
sharp observer of nature
becoming a man

experience solitude
adventure, wonder, and awe

                            MM

May 2014: Becoming Ben Franklin (YA) by Russell Freedman, c2013

Becoming Ben Franklin

dawn of a country
absolutely amazing
man of great wisdom

brief, enlightening timeline
a life to whom we owe much

                            MM

April 2014: Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas (YA) by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks, c2013

Primates

deep in the jungle
risking life for their research
collecting knowledge

clever compression of facts
inspired entertainment

                            MM

March 2014: Gun Control in the Third Reich by Stephen P. Halbrook, c2013

Gun Control in the Third Reich

hidden history
to be ignored at peril
pertinent today

thoroughly documented
scholarly, essential read

                            MM

February 2014: Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Sameer Hinduja & Justin W. Patchin, c2013

Words Wound

online harassment
protect yourself and others
clear actions to take

great questions to think about
tips useful and true to teens

                            MM

January 2014: Quiet: The Power of the Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, c2012

Quiet

the human psyche
quest to understand silence
how we think and work

balanced, intriguing insights
readable, empowering

                            MM

December 2013: Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice, c2010

Extraordinary, Ordinary People

roots deep in the south
rise above prejudices
her life growing up

autobiography paints
steadfast family portrait

                            MM

November 2013: Lincoln's Grave Robbers (Juv NF) by Steve Sheinkin, c2012

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

counterfeiting gangs
Coneys, Ropers, Shovers, Ghouls
ransom stolen corpse

wild true crime thriller tells of
Secret Service beginnings

                            MM

October 2013: Bomb: The Race To Build -- And Steal -- The World's Most Dangerous Weapon (YA) by Steve Sheinkin, c2012

Bomb

science amidst war
world dominance up for grabs
plotting, risks, deceit

complicated simply told
smooth as a suspense novel

                            MM

September 2013: Nothing Comes Easy: My Life in Football by Y.A. Tittle, with Kristine Setting Clark, c2009

Nothing Comes Easy

when football was tough
glorious, hard-hitting, true
a stellar career

catch a behind-the-scenes view
of NFL history

                            MM

August 2013: How They Croaked: The Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous (YA) by Georgia Bragg, c2011

How They Croaked

pre-medicine times
from young King Tut to Einstein
grim details defined

ugly messes, blood, and more . . .
you MUST have the guts for gore!

                            MM

July 2013: Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World (YA) by Sally M. Walker and Douglas W. Owsley, c2012

Their Skeletons Speak

North America
skeletons sparking debate
new revelations

fascinating science with
underlying mysteries

                            MM

June 2013: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley, c2013

Relish

cooking, eating, life
recipes and zesty fun
food celebration

marvelously delightful
memoir through and through. Scrumptious!

                            MM

May 2013: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, c2005

The Glass Castle

nomadic childhood
eccentric, funny, and sad
complete poverty

engrossing and triumphant
readers left in wonderment

                            MM

April 2013: The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (YA) by Elizabeth Rusch, c2012

The Mighty Mars Rovers

with awe and wonder
witness triumphs and defeats
in the water quest

you will find yourself rooting
for this great, spunky duo

                            MM

March 2013: Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer, c2011


Moonwalking With Einstein

workings of the brain
quest for memory's nature
mental athletics

quirky and informative
remarkable beyond doubt

                            MM

February 2013: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder & the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale, c2008

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

an English manor
a secretive family
a true crime unsolved

catch detective fever and
witness the birth of sleuthing

                            MM

January 2013: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz, c2002

Blue Latitudes

Cook's lands then and now
brought to life, a life explored
via grand ventures

a clever jaunt across time
be prepared to be enthralled

                            MM

December 2012: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield, c2010.

Just My Type

who knew? discover
fonts with personalities;
typography lore

you will never look at words
in print the same way again!

                            MM

November 2012: The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math From One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz, c2012

The Joy of X

an integer world
beautiful numbers amaze
mind stimulation

an awesome arithmetic
narrative -- no test -- just fun

                            MM

October 2012: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, c2010

The Big Short

black hole properties
unlikely heroes who see
the risks compounding

a business tale chronicled
clever and fascinating

                            MM

September 2012: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, 2011

In the Garden of Beasts

early years Third Reich
rogues, naifs, brutes, lovers, lies
Hitler's stealth unfolds

first-hand impressions frame this
chilling, necessary read

                            MM

August 2012: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, c2010

The Disappearing Spoon

science fused with wit
intrigue, passion, obsession . . .
chemistry gossip

elemental enjoyment
full-blown fascinating fun.

                            MM


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