Biography/History · nonfiction

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

This is one of the more famous novels which recounts the tales of the Native Americans suffering through the loss of their homes, lives, and cultures. This book took me a long time to get through, and not because it was a bad book, or boring, but because it was so difficult to read through.… Continue reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

biology · favorites · nonfiction

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina – My favorite non fiction book of the year. New favorite author

So often when I recommend a non fiction book I like it because it reads like a novel, and not like a textbook. Although textbooks can provide you with a lot of information, often it's difficult to retain because it's just a long list of facts and data and no easy way to have substantial… Continue reading Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina – My favorite non fiction book of the year. New favorite author

medical · nonfiction

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Being a survivor of Ovarian Cancer, and having many family members both survive and succumb to cancer I was nervous to pick this book up because I didn't know if it would send me into a darker place and really hit me hard. This book was really, really well done. It truly was a "biography"… Continue reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

biology · nonfiction

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

I enjoyed myself quite a bit with this book, although I didn't buy into everything that was discussed. It went over the evolution of the Cephalopod branch and how they developed on a totally different time scale and path than did other 'intelligent' species on this planet. It was discovered only fairly recently that birds… Continue reading Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

bill bryson · geography · nonfiction

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Bryson is one of my favorite non fiction authors, and his books cover such a range of topics, from Australia, to general history, the Apalacian Mountains, the beginnings of the English language. I've enjoyed every single one of his books, he would be a fascinating person to talk to - he's lead such an adventerous… Continue reading In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson