Almost everything I read falls within the category of fiction, but I do enjoy the occasional foray into the realm of the real. So as a bonus post for my monthly book list series, I’ve put together a list of my Top Non-Fiction books that includes both titles I’ve read and titles I own but have yet to read though I’m definitely excited to! As always I hope you will comment with your own favorites and keep an eye out for my finale/Top Reads of 2020 post! Continue reading
Disney played a major role in my childhood and to this day I remain an avid fan (particularly to the classics I grew up on) so when this tour popped up I of course had to throw my hat in the ring to be a part of it. I am so thrilled to share my stop on this tour with my review of this exciting look into the vast array of people working behind the scenes to bring the unique and groundbreaking magic that is Disney. Keep reading for more on the book, a trailer for the documentary, giveaways and sweepstakes, my review, and more!
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (1993)
Non-Fiction | Memoir
“In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.”
Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
by Robyn Davidson (1980)
Non-Fiction | Travel | Memoir
“Robyn Davidson’s opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.” Continue reading
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone (2017)
Non-Fiction | Women’s Rights
“A full-color book inspired by the documentary film Girl Risingabout educating girls across the globe.
Worldwide, over 62 million girls are not in school.
But one girl with courage is a revolution.
Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. Continue reading
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David W. Maurer (1940)
Non-Fiction | Crime | AmericanaBlurb:
“Of all the grifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat,” wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitively proved in The Big Con, one of the most colorful, well-researched, and entertaining works of criminology, ever written. A professor of linguistics who specialized in underworld argot. Maurer won the trust of hundreds of swindlers who let him in on not simply their language, but their folkways and the astonishingly complex and elaborate schemes whereby unsuspecting marks, hooked by their own greed and dishonesty, were “taken off” — i.e., cheated — of thousands upon thousands of dollars. The products of amazing ingenuity, crack timing, and attention to every last detail, these “big cons” richly deserve Maurer’s description as “the most effective swindling device which man has ever invented.” Continue reading
Wolves: Capturing the Natural Spirit of these Incredible Animals
by Shaun Ellis (2011)
Non-Fiction | Photography & NatureBlurb:
“The beautiful and informative guide to the natural world features vibrant full-color photography by some of the world’s finest wildlife photographers. Covering a wealth of information on wolves, their history, and their habits, this wonderful look into the lives of one of the world’s most interesting creatures is a great addition to any nature library.”
-via Amazon.com Continue reading