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Nonfiction: “Code Talker”

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II by Chester Nez with Judith S. Avila Chester Nez was one of the original 32 (some say 29, but Nez informs the … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Bad Feminist”

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay   I had to read this book of essays because I’d seen Gay’s TED Talk in which she discusses how publishing the book led to her being called The bad feminist. I am of the … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “The Half has Never been Told”

The Half has Never been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist     I was fascinated by Baptist’s argument that an important foundation of American capitalism, and an essential element in the economic success … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal”

  Gulp by Mary Roach Mary Roach has come up with another fun look at science, this time focusing on the anatomy and physiology of human digestion. Here she answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask: Can snakes taste? … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife”

Spook by Mary Roach  I’m gathering some scary stories for a fall display, and thought I’d add Spook–which is not a scary book at all, but rather an entertaining work of nonfiction that takes a look at life after death. … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: Nonfiction: “In the Garden of Beasts”

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson    William E. Dodd wasn’t President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first choice for United States Ambassador to Germany in the early 1930s, just as Adolf Hitler rose to power–nor even the president’s second … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “A Curious Mind”

A Curious Mind: the Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman Brian Grazer is the producer of many well-known films (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Grinch, Splash) and  some TV series (24 is the best known). … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “The Age of Acquiescence”

Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser    I picked up Age of Acquiescence because it was recommended as a companion work to Capital in the 21st Century.  Age of Acquiescence … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Bullying: “Give a Boy a Gun”

I’m thinking about my book talks with Read 180 classes tomorrow. I read Give a Boy a Gun for the first time last night–it stands the time of time. Still compelling. Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser   … Continue reading

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Adult Nonfiction: Common Core: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain You know you’re going to enjoy this book when you read the ‘Manifesto for Introverts’ that follows the cover page. It includes ten points. My … Continue reading

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