Non-Fiction Book List

***** Perfect!

**** Nearly Perfect.  You should read it.

*** Average.  Read it if the topic or author interests you.

** This was pretty bad.

* I only finished this so that I could enter it on the blog.

Non-Fiction (alphabetical by author)

***1/2  A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson (10-9-17)

**1/2  A Prison Diary  by Jeffery Archer (9-2-09)

****1/2  New Earth from Above:365 Days  by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (10-18-09)

****  Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope by Artisan Press (10-6-17)

****   I Was a Good Mom Before I Had Kids by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile (3-8-12)

****  Head Strong:The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster – in Just Two Weeks by Dave Asprey (4-10-17)

****1/2   Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems by Josh Axe (8-19-19)

***1/2  The Spark by Kristine Barnett (8-16-13)

***  Green Goes With Everything  by Sloan Barnett (12-15-08 )

**1/2   The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby (11-21-13)

****  Cleveland Christmas Memories by Gail Ghetia Bellamy (12-5-12)

***1/2  Dryland:One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety by Nancy Stearns Bercaw (9-13-17)

****1/2  Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil  by John Berendt (7-8-09)

**3/4  America, You Sey Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain (8-14-12)

**1/2  Throw Out Fifty Things  by Gail Blanke (6-3-09)

****1/2  Healing the New Childhood Epidemics:Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bok, MD and Cameron Stauth (3-23-17)

****  Be the Miracle:50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett (5-24-12)

***1/2   Sound Bites: Life Lessons By A Boy Who Has Autismby Aaron Broadstreet (8-14-19)

****  Kelley’s Island:an Island Story by Claudia M. Brown (4-13-13)

***1/2  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating  by Steven Brown (5-21-08 )

****1/2  This Time Together by Carol Burnett (9-9-10)

****1/2  I Dare Me by Luann Cahn (12-5-16)

**** Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell (10-13-17)

****1/2  What Color is Monday by Carrie Cariello (9-26-13)

***1/2   Handbook For the Soul edited by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield (6-27-19)

****1/2  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (12-17-15)

****  Children of Eve  by Kevin Casey (7-5-09)

***  Candida Albicans: Could Yeast Be Your Problem? by Chaitow) 10-6-17)

****   Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom For Seekers of Light by Joan Chittister (10-29-19)

****  The Time is Now: A Call To Uncommon Courageby Joan Chittister (12-10-19)

***1/2 An Unexpected Life by Debra and Seth Chwast (9-22-17)

***  The Reluctant Mystic by Nancy Torgrove Clasby (9-21-17)

***  Educating Esme  by Esme Raji Codell (5-13-09)

***  The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric (7-12-12)

****1/2  A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston (9–12-17)

***1/2  Reboot With Joe Juice Diet by Joe Cross (5-11-17)

****  700 Sundays  by Billy Crystal (8-20-09)

***1/2  The Funny Thing Is… by Ellen Degeneres (11-4-09)

***1/2  The Writing Life by Annie Dillard (10-9-17)

****  The Hidden Connection by Kathleen DiChiara (8-25-15)

****1/2  Four Seasons in Rome  by Anthony Doerr (6-20-08 )

**1/2  Unclutter Your Life in One Week!! by Erin Rooney Doland (8-1-12)

***1/2  WITSEC, Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program  by Earley & Shur (2-18-08 )

****  Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (9-18-10)

*1/2  The Author’s Toolkit  by Mary Embree (6-18-08 )

****  1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron (10-7-09)

***   I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (11-4-13)

****1/2  On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo & Robert Buckam (11-14-10)

****1/4  Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay & Charles Fay (3-6-13)

****   American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson (4-3-14)

****  Bossypants by Tina Fey (1-12-12)

****  Love That Boy:What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About A Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier (9-3-17)

****   Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (11-6-14)

****   The Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom by Carol Kelly-Gangi (12-12-19)

***1/2  How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill (11-2-17)

***  The First Ladies of the United States  by Nicola Gillies (1-3-09)

****1/4   My Soul in Silence Waits: Meditations on Psalm 62 by Margaret Guenther (10-29-19)

***   84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

****  Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh (10-25-16)

*****   Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (8-5-19)

*****   True Love: A Practice For Awakening the Heartby Thich Nhat Hanh (4-5-19)

****1/2  Here Be Dragons:A Parent’s Guide to Rediscovering Purpose, Adventure and the Unfathomable Joy of the Journey by Ken and Ann-Marie Harbaugh (1-9-17)

*****  We Need To Talk: A Practical Guide to the Lost Art of Conversation by Celeste Headley (11-6-17)

***1/2   The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking by Julieanna Hever & Beverly Lynn Bennett

****  The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (2-25-14)

****  On the Run: A Mafia Childhood  by Gregg & Gina Hill (5-7-08 )

**1/2   Gangsters & Goodfellas: The Mob, Witness Protection & Life On the Run  by Henry Hill (5-4-08 )

****1/2  Unbroken:An Olympian’s Journey form Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand (3-25-17)

*****  Off to Class by Susan Hughes (1-15-12)

****  Children With High-Functioning Autism by Claire Hughes-Lynch

***   Maddie on Things by Theron Humphrey (12-12-13)

***1/2   Paris in Love by Eloisa James (7-10-13)

***  Talking About Detective Fiction by PD James (10-26-16)

***1/2  Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen (11-2-17)

****  This Books is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson (2-10-11)

****  What Would Martin Say? by Clarence B Jones (11-2-17)

****  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi  (9-3-17)

****  The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (2-24-10)

*****  On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (1-23-08 )

***  Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight (6-4-10)

***1/4   French Milk by Lucy Knisley  (7-19-13)

***1/2  Something New:Tales From a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisely (12-7-17)

***1/2  90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry by Henrik Lange (3-28-12)

****  Rosemary:The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by  Kate Clifford Lawson (9-3-17)

***1/2  Why We Suck  by Denis Leary (1-28-09)

*****   Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (4-14-14)

***1/2  Ultra-Longevity  by Mark Liponis, MD (3-4-09)

****  501 Must-See Movies by Ann Lloyd, et al (8-13-10)

****   Love Life by Rob Lowe (7-30-14)

****1/2   Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe (10-1-12)

***   He Did This Just For You by Max Lucado (4-9-14)

***   Traveling Light for Mothers by Max Lucado (5-16-14)

**1/2  Ten Helathy Teas by Valerie B. Lull

***1/2  How To Be Invisible  by JJ Luna (5-16-08 )

***  Freakonomics, A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything  by Levitt & Dubner (3-23-08 )

***  Craft & Technique by Paul Raymond Martin  (2-4-09)

***1/2  Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes  (8-4-10)

****1/2  The Everything Candida Diet:Improve Your Immunity by Restoring Your Body’s Natural Balance by Jeffrey McCombs (10-6-17)

***1/2  Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina (11-7-12)

***1/2  Heroes for My Son by Brad Meltzer (6-19-17)

****  Following Ezra by Tom Fields-Meyer (9-2-16)

***  Herman Hesse:A Pictorial Biography by Volker Michels (11-2-17)

****  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (11-6-16)

****1/2  How Not to Write a Novel  by Mittelmark & Newman (8-26-08 )

****1/2  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (12-11-17)

****  Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery (7-7-17)

****1/2  What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff (10-30-10)

*****   Nature’s Best Remediesby National Geographic Society (3-5-19)

***1/2  Behind the Mask … No More  by Byron Nease (3-27-09)

***1/2  The Case for the Only Child  by Susan Newman, PhD (6-20-11)

****  Noble’s Book of Writing Blunders  by William Noble (2-11-09)

*****   10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm (6-26-14)

*****   Becoming by Michelle Obama (3-4-19)

***1/2  Half Full:Meditations on Hope, Optimism, and the Things that Matter by Mina Parker (2-6-12)

***1/2  Dream More:Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton (1-26-17)

****  The Last Lecture  by Randy Pausch (10-22-08 )

***1/2  Book Lust  by Nancy Pearl (9-9-09)

****  Yes Please! by Amy Poehler (12-7-17)

***  Practically Green by Michaela Preston (12-15-16)

***1/2  Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah (12-8-10)

***   Living Out Loud by Anna Quindlen (4-19-13)

****   A Dirt Road To Somewhere by Romona Robinson (10-24-19)

****  You Learn by Living  by Eleanor Roosevelt (7-12-08 )

***1/2   The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell (12-10-14)

***1/2  SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld (10-09-08 )

****   The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide by Susan Senator (1-16-14)

***  Discovering Ohio by Barbars Shangle (12-2-16)

***  Hourglass:Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro (10-9-17)

***  Yesterday I Saw the Sun  by Ally Sheedy (5-23-09)

****3/4  I Must Say by Martin Short (1-26-16)

****1/2   I’ve Been Thinking… by Maria Shriver (3-18-19)

**1/2   Just Who Will You Be by Maria Shriver (8-22-19)

***   Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out Into the Real Worldby Maria Shriver (3-18-19)

****1/2   The Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone (12-17-14)

***1/2  Stitches by David Small (8-16-09)

***   Since Nobody’s Perfect, How Good Is Good Enough? by Andy Stanley (12-15-19)

****  Tangled Webs:How False Statements are Undermining America:From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff by James B Stewart (5-25-11, 6-2-11)

*****  All for Love: A Romantic Anthology by Laura Stoddart (8-11-11)

***   Half A Life by Darin Strauss (4-3-13)

****1/2   Pleased To Meet Me: Genes, Germs and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan (8-12-19)

***  Presidential Leadership  edited by James Taranto & Leonard Leo (4-19-09)

****1/2  The Hiding Place  by Corrie ten Boom (5-6-09)

****   Ohio Presidents: A Whig and Seven Republicansby Dale Thomas (12-3-19)

****  Dear Almost by Matthew Thorburn (10-13-16)

****   Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle and Patrick McDonnell (8-29-19)

***  Why We Buy by Paco Underhill (10-28-10)

****  Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman (11-2-17)

*****  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (8-5-10)

***1/2 Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington (1-19-16)

****  Why I March: Images from the Women’s March Around the World Edited by Weiner & Jacobs) (10-6-17)

***  Laughing Through Life by Connie Corcoran Wilson (12-13-11)

****   The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purposeby Oprah Winfrey (7-1-19)

****1/2  What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey (6-4-15)

****1/2  My Personal Best by John Wooden & Steve Jamison (12-27-11)

****   Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward (1-22-19)

One thought on “Non-Fiction Book List

  1. Amy says:

    Wow, awesome list of books!
    I loved “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, such a great book! I have read/heard great things about Stephen King’s “On Writing” and now that you’ve given it 5 stars I’m going to make sure I check it out. I’m interested in “How Not to Write a Novel” too. A few of these books I own, having found them in used book stores or at book fairs, such as “On the Run” and “Yesterday I Saw the Sun” but I haven’t rushed to read them because I wasn’t sure how good they are. Now, I know I should read them!

    Thanks for a great post.
    ~ Amy

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