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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

This was our September book club choice.

Subtitle: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 261 pages

Setting: mostly around Middleton, Ohio, 1980s-present

Summary: Short version: Vance’s hillbilly life and how he got out Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #42: Nonfiction variety pack

I’ve managed to collect several nonfiction books from a variety of sources to add to my TBR list. They include two science books, a book about your money, and a memoir. (As a side note, what’s with the super long titles for nonfiction books lately? Titles tends to be quite descriptive, and yet there’s always a giant subtitle to go along.) Here’s what I’ve found lately:

First off is The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little. Gretchen Rubin interviewed Little about happiness, habits and productivity, and a bit about her new book. The book is all about how our food resources will have to change with climate change. That fits into two of my interests – where our food comes from and climate change.

I also picked up an economics book from Gretchen Rubin. She interviewed Jill Schlesinger about her newest book, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs. I consider myself a smart person, but I don’t really know what to do with my money, besides put it in the bank and maybe a 401k plan. The book sounded like a good place to start to learn about some better long-term options.

The memoir is Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill Fredston. I saw this on a Wandering Scientist summer reading post. It seems to be a memoir about a woman leading the life she wants to live. I’m at the age where I’m taking stock of my life and trying to decide what to do next. Do I continue in my current path, which I’m enjoying, or make changes? Reading about someone else who’s gone through that self-examination is helpful.

I’ll end on another science book. In this case, it’s The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser from a 99% Invisible interview with author. I wouldn’t think a book about the importance of sand would be interesting, but the interview certainly made it sound that way. Did you know that people are being killed for sand? It’s a limited resource in some areas and necessary for construction (it’s used in making cement). There are sand mafias! I need to read more.

And those are the newest books I’m adding to my TBR list. Anything sound good to you? Anything I should add?

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I was looking for an audiobook and I wanted something that was enhanced by listening to rather than reading the book. I saw this book was recommended and available.

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 329 pages

Summary: Short version: A memoir of Amy Poehler’s life Continue reading

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The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

I heard about the book on a What Should I Read Next podcast episode and added it to my TBR list because it was about trees.

Subtitle: A Story of Passion and Daring

Published: 2007

Genre: nonfiction science memoir

Length: 284 pages

Setting: mostly California and a bit of Australia, 1980s-2000s

Summary: Short version: These are the people finding and climbing the tallest redwoods Continue reading

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The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

This was my book club’s choice for March.

Subtitle: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 272 pages

Setting: mostly Death Row in Alabama

Summary: Short version: One man’s experience as an innocent man on Alabama’s Death Row Continue reading

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The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

I had watched the show Call the Midwife before I learned it was based on a book. I’m just getting around to reading the book. The book was originally published with the title Call the Midwife. There are two other books in the series.

Subtitle: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

Published: 2002

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 340 pages

Setting: the East End of London, 1950s

Summary: Short version: Worth’s experience as a student midwife Continue reading

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Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

My mother-in-law read this in a book club a decade ago and passed it along to me to read.

Subtitle: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Published: 2006

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 214 pages

Setting: Rwanda, 1994

Summary: Short version: One woman’s story of surviving the Rwandan genocide Continue reading

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