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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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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This was our book club choice for November. I had heard many people talk about it and thought it might be a good choice for us to read.

Subtitle: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Published: 2013

Genre: nonfiction historical sports

Length: 370 pages of story, 404 pages total

Setting: mostly 1899-1936, near Seattle, and 1936, Berlin

Summary: Short version: The background to the amazing men’s crew win in the Berlin Olympics Continue reading

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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

My husband heard about this book on a podcast and thought I’d be interested. I enjoy design books (for example, A Pattern Language) and appreciated a book recommendation from my husband.

Published: 1988

Genre: nonfiction design

Length: 217 pages of text, 257 pages total

Summary: Short version: The good and bad elements of design in household objects Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Published: 2008

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total

Font: Ehrhardt

Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading

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The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

It’s Gretchen Rubin’s new book. I’ve read all her books and her blog. I knew this book was published last year, but just finally get around to reading it.

Subtitle: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction

Length: 244 pages of text, 257 pages total

Summary: Short version: Understanding this personality trait will help you get things done
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The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks by Donald Prothero

I picked this up for the kids’ geology this year. After Mr. Curiosity read a chapter and shared all the fascinating tidbits he’d learned, I decided I needed to read it as well.

Subtitle: Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 337 pages of text, 354 pages total

Summary: Short version: That’s what subtitles are for
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Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson

This book was discussed in The Contrary Farmer and has been sitting on my TBR list for five years. I decided it was finally time to get it off the TBR list and onto the read list.

Published: 1992

Genre: nonfiction agriculture

Length: 136 pages

Summary: Short version: Essays on living with the landscape Continue reading

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