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Old 04-22-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I just finished "Night" by elie Wiesel about his time in the nazi concentration camps. he was 15/16 at the time. It is a quick read at just over 100 pages. reads like a fiction tale, but he lived it. he is going to be the commencement speaker at our son's college next month.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:57 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I just finished "Night" by elie Wiesel about his time in the nazi concentration camps. he was 15/16 at the time. It is a quick read at just over 100 pages. reads like a fiction tale, but he lived it. he is going to be the commencement speaker at our son's college next month.
Wow, I would love to hear him speak. I read Night for the first time last year. It kept me awake for a night or two.

I plan to read other books of his also.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:46 AM
 
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I finished reading Vidal's Inventing a Nation last week. He tells the more-or-less chronological story of the founding of the country. It focused more on events after 1776, once Washington was president and beyond. I really enjoyed it.

I also listened to Storm from the East by Milton Viorst. I know very little about the Middle East or the historic conflicts of Islam and Christianity during the last 500 years so it was a lot of new info for me. Also, because it was an audio book, I know I didn't absorb everything, but it was very fascinating.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm reading an interesting one now, something a little different for me:

If a Pirate I Must Be by Richard Sanders

It's the story of Bartholomew Roberts who after his death became better known as Black Bart. They had rules. They had elections. They had their rituals. They shared their spoils based on written booty sharing rules. They did NOT make people walk the plank. That happened several years later. They marooned people or put them in front of a firing squad. They had disability compensation. Seriously, you lose a limb, you get extra compensation plus you get to keep your job/a job as long as you live.
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Here are a few of my favorite non-fiction reads:

Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Wee Mad Road: A midlife escape to the Scottish Highlands by Jack and Barbara Maloney

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii, 1835-1920 by Ronald Takaki

The Betrayal of Liliuokalani: Last Queen of Hawaii 1838-1917 by Helena G. Allen

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet Boxed Set by Benjamin Hoff
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Humility by Andrew Murray

The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer

Pursuing Holiness in the Lord by Jonathan Edwards

Justification and Regeneration by Charles Leiter

Because the Time is Near by John MacArthur

The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer

Smith Wigglesworth - The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings

The Anointed Life by Charles Spurgeon
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:28 AM
 
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I know there were a few of these non fiction threads- so i arbitrarily picked this one to bring back to life
I would add-

Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan)

Walk in the Woods (Bryson)
I know I already posted about Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely but I still have to recommend it again.

and 2 very new books most impressed with-great easy reads with lots of moments where you think hmmmmm kind of like a seinfeld episode

Dandelion Hunter foraging the urban wilderness which I read a month ago
and Happy Money which I am currently reading.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Thank you for bringing this thread back to life.

2 of my recent non fiction that I enjoyed are "Tree Tops" by Susan Cheever, the daughter of the writer John Cheever and "No More Words" by Reeve Lindbergh, the youngest daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This book focuses on her mother. Reeve also wrote "Under A Wing" which is about growing up in the Lindbergh household. I loved all of these books.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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I know there were a few of these non fiction threads- so i arbitrarily picked this one to bring back to life
I would add-

Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan)
That one was good. Thanks for reviving this thread.
My personal fave was "The Botany of Desire" (the history of humans' relationships with 4 plants:
the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato) by Pollan (2001).
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Outliers

Periodic Tales

No Higher Honor

E=mc2

The Education of a Bodybuilder

Drop Dead Healthy

The Tennis Partner
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