Tag: nonfiction

Trying to Understand, Part 4: Listen, Liberal

Posted August 20, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Trying to Understand, Part 4: Listen, Liberal

Thomas Frank, Listen, Liberal (2016) Listen, Liberal, my latest read from the NYT list of “Six Books to Understand Trump’s Win,” can be summarized as follows: 1. Our country is screwed. 2. Don’t go blaming those crazy Republicans for this mess. Democrats (or at least the higher levels of the Democratic Party and especially the […]

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Classics Club: Man’s Search for Meaning

Posted May 21, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 23 Comments
Classics Club: Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (1946) This year, I decided to add some categories to my Classics Club list. Though I’m still aiming to read 50 books in 5 years, there are now 80 books on my list from which I can pick and choose. This helps me feel a little less constrained. One […]

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Trying to Understand Part 3: Strangers in Their Own Land

Posted May 7, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 3: Strangers in Their Own Land

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land (2016) This is part 3 in an ongoing series exploring books that address the current political, social, and economic situation in the US. Part 1: The Unwinding  Part 2: Dark Money When sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild set out to explore what she calls the Great Paradox — […]

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New Release Review: May Cause Love

Posted April 9, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
New Release Review: May Cause Love

Kassi Underwood, May Cause Love (2017) At the age of nineteen, Kassi Underwood had an abortion. She was a directionless college student, drinking too much and pursuing a road-to-nowhere relationship with a drug dealer in the absence of her childhood sweetheart from her Kentucky home town. Abortion seemed the only logical, the only compassionate option, […]

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Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Posted March 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Jane Mayer, Dark Money (2016) As my highly non-political brain tries to grasp what is really behind the political and social upheavals of our time, I’m grateful for the books that are helping to give me some insight into these difficult and complex topics. Such a book was the first entry in this series, The […]

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Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

Posted January 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 42 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

George Packer, The Unwinding (2013) This post is part of a series based around the New York Times’s list of “books to understand Trump’s win.” Rachel of Hibernator’s Library suggested doing a readalong of these six books, and I thought it was a great idea. So did several other people, and I hope that we’ll […]

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Reading New England: Mayflower Discussion Part I

Posted December 11, 2016 by Lory in discussions / 20 Comments
Reading New England: Mayflower Discussion Part I

Welcome to Part I of the Reading New England/Nonfiction Book Club discussion of Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower. I’m so pleased that Katie of Doing Dewey agreed to co-host this readalong with me! Please hop over to her blog to see her answers to the following questions, which were written by me after reading parts I and […]

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Nonfiction November: New To My TBR Round-up

Posted December 2, 2016 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Nonfiction November: New To My TBR Round-up

It’s been another wonderful Nonfiction November, and we all have piles of books to read. There were different ways to handle all the recommendations that came our way this month… The most common method was to assemble a fairly random collection of tempting titles: Based on a True Story JulzReads Lone Star on a Lark […]

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Nonfiction November: New to My TBR Link-Up

Posted November 28, 2016 by Lory in events / 32 Comments
Nonfiction November: New to My TBR Link-Up

It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR. It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! More than ever, […]

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Nonfiction November: Become the Expert

Posted November 21, 2016 by Lory in events / 24 Comments
Nonfiction November: Become the Expert

This week, the Nonfiction November topic is Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert, hosted by Julie of Julz Reads. Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out […]

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