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The Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

I saw this on a Tor post about books that grab you. It’s a book about a long bike trip. I was interested since I’ve done some smaller bike trips. Also, reading about other people traveling is about the only way I’m going to travel this year. A bike trip along the Silk Road seemed like a perfect vicarious trip. I listened to this book on audio.

Published: 2019

Narrator: Amy Landon (she also narrated the Hunter trilogy I listened to a while back. I recognized her voice and had to search to see what I knew it from)

Subtitle: A Journey on the Silk Road

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 300 pages

Setting: the Silk Road, present day. Harris rode through Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal and India

Summary: Short version: Random thoughts and descriptions of a bike trip along the Silk Road Continue reading

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Spinning by Tillie Walden

I went through a list of First Second graphic novels and found one we hadn’t read that our library had. And yes, this actually came from the library. They’ve opened up for curbside delivery at least. As long as we know what we want, we can get books.

Published: 2017

Genre: graphic novel YA memoir

Length: 392 pages

Setting: Mostly Austin, TX, 2000s

Summary: Short version: Tillie’s life growing up gay and a competitive figure skater Continue reading

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

This was a book I had on my shelf. I had read it in college and liked it enough to keep the book, but hadn’t reread it since college. I decided now was the time to reread the book since I can’t go to the library during the pandemic.

Published: 1974

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 271 pages

Setting: the author’s house at Tinker Creek, Virginia, over a year

Summary: Short version: Dillard takes us through a year scrutinizing the natural world around her Continue reading

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Mr. Curiosity had gotten this from the library (before they were all closed due to the pandemic) because he enjoys the author. I read it because it is a book in the house I haven’t read, and I have a fondness for Hank (and John) Green.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 338 pages

Setting: mostly New York City with a bit in California, present day

Font: LT Pro Roman and Digi Grotesk LT

Summary: Short version: April May tells her story of solving the puzzle of the extraterrestrial robot Carls Continue reading

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Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith

This book was recommended to me on postcrossing because of my interest in national parks.

Published: 2012

Genre: nonfiction travel memoir

Length: 313 pages

Setting: various locations around the U.S., 2010-2012

Summary: Short version: As the text on the cover says: One couple’s journey through the national parks Continue reading

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Nontraditional by Nan Kuhlman

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, Annorlunda Enterprises, a small publisher that focuses on entertaining stories that make you think. I am providing my unbiased opinion on the book.

Subtitle: Life Lessons from a Community College

Published: 2020 – in fact, it comes out today!

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 214 pages

Setting: mostly a small community college in rural Ohio, but also a bit in California

Summary: Short version: Kuhlman intersperses stories of her students with how she became a teacher Continue reading

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Educated by Tara Westover

I’m still trying to finish up my book reviews from 2019 before I do an end of the year review.

My mother-in-law read this for book club and shared the book with me after she finished with it. It’s certainly a book that’s been on my radar to read since everyone seems to be talking about it.

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 334 pages

Setting: a small town in rural Idaho, plus a bit at Harvard and Oxford

Summary: Short version: Westover escapes life with a fundamentalist, prepper Mormon family through education Continue reading

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Best Friends by Shannon Hale

This is the graphic novel sequel to Real Friends. I saw a review somewhere since the book was published recently and decided to pick it up from the library for the family to read.

Artist: LeUyen Pham

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade graphic novel memoir

Length: 256 pages

Setting: Utah, in Shannon’s 6th grade life, the fall after the events of Real Friends

Summary: Short version: Shannon’s life as a sixth grader trying to keep friends and stay cool Continue reading

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlan

I hope all my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. It was a long day here with the in-laws, which means I’m ready to curl up with a book. I already finished this book, but perhaps you might like it. While I tell myself saw Anna Quindlan discussed somewhere and thought she sounded like an interesting author, really I just picked up one of her books because she’s a Q author.

Subtitle: A Memoir of a Woman’s Life

Published: 2012

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 182 pages

Font: Granjon

Summary: Short version: A collection of essays focused on families, friendships, and growing older Continue reading

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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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