Tag Archives: non-fiction

“Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures” edited by Jennifer Leo

"Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures" edited by Jennifer Leo

"Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures" edited by Jennifer Leo

Title/Author: “Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures” edited by Jennifer Leo

Genre: Non-fiction – short travel stories by women

Rating: 5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: Women authors reflect on being in “Mom” shape next to teenagers on a beach in Mexico, work following you on a winter trip to escape, thinking about work and finding your inner “woman” while rafting in Utah. Fun and fascinating.

“A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir” by Beverly Cleary

"A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir" by Beverly Cleary

"A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir" by Beverly Cleary

Title/Author: “A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir” by Beverly Cleary

Genre: Non-fiction – memoir of Beverly Cleary’s early life (Oregon writer of children’s books)

Rating: 5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: Interesting book of growing up in Oregon during the 1920s/1930s. Being a transplant to Oregon, it was great insight to life at that time. It’s also a reflection of relationship between mother and daughter that is not uncommon in this day and age of 2011.

“How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job” by Dale Carnegie

"How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job" by Dale Carnegie

"How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job" by Dale Carnegie

Title/Author: “How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job” by Dale Carnegie

Genre: Non-fiction – self-help book, motivational

Rating: 4+ out of 5

WV Reader Review: There were so many wonderful thought-provoking tidbits – I need to re-read again in about a month to get more to stick. Here’s a quote: “Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody and something other than the person he is in body and mind” (pg. 14). Here’s another: “Let us not imitate others. Let’s find ourselves and be ourselves” (p. 22). All in all it was well worth the time to read and I took notes as I read – great read!

“You’ve Got to Read This Book” by Jack Canfield

"You've Got to Read This Book" by Jack Canfield

"You've Got to Read This Book" by Jack Canfield

Title/Author: “You’ve Got to Read This Book” by Jack Canfield

Genre: Non-fiction – motivational book suggestions from 55 other well-known people

Rating: 4 out of 5

WV Reader Review: This was a very interesting fun read and had several little anecdotes and experiences of how books have affected people’s lives. I found it fun to learn about what people like Catherine Oxenberg, Wyland, Nancy Pearl, Wally Amos, Stephen Covey, Debbie Macomber enjoy reading and what and how books have affected their lives. A great way to find other good books to read too!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand

"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand

Title/Author: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Genre: Nonfiction – World War II, aviation and Japanese POW camps in Japan

Rating: 5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: The story of how Louis Samperini (runner in Berlin Olympics) survived over two months in the Pacific Ocean after his plane was shot down. The book documents his survival in POW  camps and return to the U.S. He had been pronounced missing, and then dead by the U.S.A. A very powerful book.

“Care Packages” by Dana Reeve

"Care Packages" by Dana Reeve

"Care Packages" by Dana Reeve

Title/Author: “Care Packages” by Dana Reeve

Genre: Non-fiction – memoir, letters

Rating: 5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: I recommend to any adults together with kids to understanding what happened to Christopher Reeve. He is the first Superman.

“Last Men Out: The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

"Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours" by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

"Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours" by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Title/Author: “Last Men Out: The True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Genre: Non-fiction – Vietnam war April 29 & 30, 1975

Rating: 5 out of 5

WV Reader Review: It’s the final hours of the Vietnam War. 150,000 North Vietnamese troops are marching on the city of Saigon. This is the story of eleven young marines who were the last people to be airlifted to safety. Gripping, moment-by-moment details.