Tag Archives: non-fiction

Ancient Wisdom

I most fortunately obtained a discarded memoir written by Pearl S. Buck at a library book sale. Entitled My Several Worlds: A Personal Record, recounts Buck’s amazing life which includes her years in China as well as her years in … Continue reading

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Finding Truth

The Riddle and the Knight: In search of Sir John Mandeville by Giles Milton is a non-fiction book published in 1996. This is another library book sale discovery which, quite frankly, left me amazed. Milton, a British journalist, discovered Mandeville’s … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Nightdress

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale is the award winning true story of the heinous murder of a three-year-old boy which occurred in England in 1860. Expertly researched, this book introduces the reader to the inception of police … Continue reading

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Freedom From Want

Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez is a moving memoir which chronicles the Mexican born author and his family’s experiences living and working in California after crawling under a barbed wire fence between Mexico and the U.S. This book was published … Continue reading

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Breaking Tradition

Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy is an exceptional book about the lives and achievements of women and men who played significant roles in secret government offices during … Continue reading

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This Is War

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is an emotional story based on the author’s life in Idaho where she was raised by Mormon survivalists in an isolated environment. Westover’s early life and the experiences of her immediate family were often so … Continue reading

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The Last Frontier

The River of Doubt:Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard is so well-written that I felt the author experienced the perilous journey through the Amazon jungle along with TR (Theodore Roosevelt)  and his fellow explorers. In this exciting non-fiction book, … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Fence

Glory Over Everything Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is thematically similar to a book I reviewed not long ago about a light-skinned African-American woman passing as white. This excellent book is set in the early eighteen-hundreds prior to … Continue reading

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Nothing but the Truth

My Father & Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930’s Alabama by Joseph Madison Beck is the remarkable true story of the life of the author’s father, Foster Beck. An attorney in Alabama, Beck defended an African-American male … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

All Over But the Shoutin’ by Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg is a five-star memoir which melted my heart like butter on a warm biscuit. Raised in poverty in rural Alabama, Rick recalls his life and rise to the pinnacle of … Continue reading

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