Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Surviving Hitler by Andrea Warren

Jack had a wonderful, carefree childhood, but when he was a pre-teen, Hitler invaded his home country of Poland. Eventually Jack was sent to a concentration camp. Over the course of the war, he was shuffled around to several camps, always being forced to do hard labor and always struggling to survive. As with most Holocaust survivor stories, there were very occasional kind Nazis who helped him and there were always friends, other prisoners, helping him. Surviving Hitler is a quick read. Jack’s story is told in a very factual way and with great impact. His hope was that knowing his and other survivor stories would help us to never again allow a Holocaust to happen. I very highly recommend this book to anyone early teens and up learning about or interested in World War II.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 38
Pages Read in 2019: 10,035
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Women Under the Knife by Ann Dally

Surgery was pretty crazy in the 1800s and early 1900s and Women Under the Knife discusses cases and opinions related to it. I’m not sure if the author was trying to make the point that surgeons operated on both men and women so it really wasn’t significant that women underwent more surgeries than men (the majority of the additional surgeries were gynecological) or that men, and particularly male surgeons, were misogynists and so operated so much on women for that reason. Sometimes it felt like she was making one of those points and sometimes the other and that she didn’t really make either point in the end. It was often dreadfully boring and read like someone’s doctoral thesis. When she was discussing case studies, however, it was fabulous and very interesting. She really should have stuck more to those. I don’t really recommend or not recommend this book either way. It would probably be best skimmed to just read about the surgical cases.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 24
Pages Read in 2019: 7024
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Culinary Reactions by Simon Quellen Field

Ever wondered what happens to your food as you prepare it? Culinary Reactions explains all the science. I learned quite a few things. The author’s sense of humor, particularly in some of the included recipes, is fabulous. As a added bonus, the author’s adorable little parrot makes several appearances in photos. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about what’s going on in their kitchen.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 22
Pages Read in 2019: 6478
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Black Potatoes by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Black Potatoes is a nonfiction account of the Irish potato famine. I learned quite a bit reading it. Scattered throughout are lovely pictures depicting scenes from during the famine from around the country. On occasion it was hard to follow, though. I recommend this book to middle grade and up kids and adults who are learning about or interested in the potato famine.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 16
Pages Read in 2019: 4005
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Heroes of 9/11 by Allan Zullo

Ten stories of hero survivors are told in this book. Six are from the World Trade Center, three from the Pentagon, and one from Flight 93. While this book is written for kids, it doesn’t sugar coat the chaos and death and destruction of that day. I highly recommend Heroes of 9/11 to middle grade kids.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 12
Pages Read in 2019: 2850
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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

I’ve kept a Bullet Journal for a while now, but I still found some tips I could use in The Bullet Journal Method. It’s part how-to and part motivation. The basics of how to set up a bullet journal can be found on the website, but the book was quite enjoyable and much more fully explained than what is on-line. I very highly recommend this book to people interested in starting their own bullet journal as well as people who have been using one for a while. (Note: I usually read books on Kindle, but I decided to get this one in paper and I’m glad I did. I doubt the images would be easy to decipher on the Kindle.)

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 9
Pages Read in 2019: 2076
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We are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

We Are Displaced tells the story of Malala and her family becoming internally displaced and then living in England after she was shot as well as the stories of several other women and girls who have been displaced as well. The stories are told in their own words with their own emotions. Some are still living in refugee camps, some are working hard to make a new life in a new country. One didn’t even learn why her parents fled when she was young and one “adopted” a refugee family when they arrived in America. These are all important stories to know. As I read the book, I found myself reading bits and pieces to anyone who would listen. I very highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 6
Pages Read in 2019: 1291
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