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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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Vacationland by John Hodgman

I heard Hodgman interviewed on NPR about this book. In that interview, he read a bit of one of his chapters and it made me laugh so much I knew I had to read the book. Go ahead and listen to the interview. If it makes you laugh, you should probably read the book as well.

Subtitle: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 257 pages

Setting: Maine and Massachusetts, recent past

Font: New Caledonia LT Std

Summary: In seven words or less: Amusing musings of Hodgman’s privileged life Continue reading

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Relish by Lucy Knisley

I saw this graphic novel at the library and picked it up. It looked a bit different from the typical fantastical story told in graphic novel.

Subtitle: My Life in the Kitchen

Published: 2013

Genre: graphic novel nonfiction memoir

Length: 173 pages

Setting: various places within the U.S., 1960s to the present Continue reading

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

I’d seen his version of “Space Oddity” performed in space and been a fan ever since. When I found out he wrote a book, I put it on my TBR list and picked it now because it gave me a letter in my reading challenge.

Subtitle: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

Published: 2013

Genre: memoir

Length: 284 pages of text, 295 pages total

Setting: various Canadian, U.S. and Russian locations and the International Space Station, 1980s-2000s Continue reading

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