Books by Nonfiction
The Phoenix Candidate (2000)
5 of 5 Votes: 3
Wow. I wasn't sure about this book because I am not big into political storylines, but I ended up loving this. My only critique is that I thought the villain was obvious and I wish Grace had seen it sooner, and I hate that the only other real female presence is a negative one (the friend who show...
Knight in Highland Armor (2015)
4.38 of 5 Votes: 2
The author has outdone herself on this one. It was unbelievably awesome in every respect and very moving. She starkly brought to life this part of history with its perils and danger. These highland people lived harsh lives with much heartache. The story, as told, had me experiencing the impossibl...
Before and After: Or How I Mindfully Used the Mindlessness of Habit to Become Happier, Healthier, and More Productive (2000)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 4
Pretty fascinating. I like Gretchen's writing and her truth-telling about herself, flaws or attributes. She and I are very differrent in some ways, similar in others, but she offers an interesting, readable methodology for examining habits and for categorizing different types of personalies and h...
101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self (2010)
3.47 of 5 Votes: 2
This book was one I won through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This was a good primer on different ways you can meditate depending on what kind of revelations you would like to have coming out of the meditation. For those who have never meditated before, there is an introduction to meditation ...
Party of One (2014)
4.29 of 5 Votes: 5
“Canadians are sleepwalking through dramatic social, economic and political changes surreptitiously being implemented by a government abusing omnibus bills and stifling public and parliamentary debate...Mr. Harper has not played within the rules. Having attained absolute power, he has absolutely ...
My Name is Abu Salem (2014)
3.54 of 5 Votes: 1
The one thing that keeps me buying Zaidi's books is the inimitable manner in which he becomes a fly on the wall of Mumbai's most dangerious criminals and fiercest cops alike. 'My Name is Abu Salem' tracks the life and times of Abu Salem - the man whose crime career is perhaps best known for Gulsh...
Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America (2000)
4.14 of 5 Votes: 1
Part true crime, part sociological study, Jill Leovy's "Ghettoside" looks at a murder investigation in L.A. at the height of the crack epidemic. Black men make up 6% of the American population. They also make up 40% of the homicides. In ghettos like Watts and Compton, that number skews even highe...
The Messengers (2013)
3.68 of 5 Votes: 2
I happened upon this book at the library and I was intrigued by the cover and the synopsis - it certainly didn't disappoint!! An unusual story - different from other YA fiction I've read over the last couple of years - it is an original idea, well written and it drew me in early on. I didn't see ...
How To Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons (2009)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 2
I played the clarinet in middle school. I wasn’t good. And I have no interest in learning another musical instrument. But I LOVED this book.Yes, it will teach you how to play the harmonica. But more importantly, it will also remind you how to have fun and be playful. I laughed out loud at some pa...
Tunggu Aira di Kota Bandung (2013)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 5
Wah.. Berlandaskan plot yg indah dgn lokasi yg dekat dgn ku, penulis buat aku senang nak imagine tempat dia pulang balik di Singapura. Bandung pula destinasi impian aku. one fine day, will i bring my Chenta hati there. Pengorbanan ni penting untuk sebuah cinta eh. Lebih penting ketentuan Ilahi yg...
Neverisms: A Quotation Lover's Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, or Never Forget (2011)
3.63 of 5 Votes: 4
I'm a sucker for quotes, and I've probably highlighted 20% of the quotes in this book. Some favorites:"Never moon a werewolf.". -Mike Binder"Never accept an evil that you can change." -Andre Gide"Never give up on anybody." -Hubert H. Humphrey"Never select a tattoo just because it's on sale."A qui...
Cover (2014)
4.43 of 5 Votes: 4
This is a diamond if you love appreciate book covers (who doesn't?) or/and are a designer.Peter Mendelsund is my new found hero.This is one of the most tickling reads about the design process, the thinking on art direction, the obsessive depth of detail in one's work.And it's more than just a mon...
Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being (2014)
4.15 of 5 Votes: 4
This book contains a ton of excellent insight into the world of personality psychology. Outside of just debunking silly personality quizzes and famous tests such as "Myers-Briggs" it gave me a new and deeper understanding of the different variables that make each person unique and the ideas pres...
Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (2012)
4.42 of 5 Votes: 4
This was a dense little book of theological essays that I will have to read more than once to let its messages sink in fully. Miller is a lot of fun--if intense cerebral meanderings enter into your definition of fun. He doesn't take himself too seriously, and even when his ideas go over your head...
True Miracles with Genealogy-Help from Beyond the Veil (2010)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 4
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I bought a paperback copy but then had the opportunity to get in on my iPad. It is a quick read and good stories brought together in one publication. The stories tell of experiences in doing genealogical research and the sometimes amazing finds that come despite ou...