nonfiction

Have You Heard About... Hyperbole and a Half

… the blogging sensation that has been turned into a best-selling book? When I heard that Allie Brosh was publishing a print version of her award winning blog, Hyperbole and a Half, I quite literally jumped for joy. I don’t usually keep up with blogs, but her expressive cartooning and poignant topics make for an utterly hilarious combination.

Have You Heard About... The Girl in the Leaves

… the real-life thriller that reads like a novel? I just got finished with Robert Scott’s The Girl in the Leaves. This really crazy guy breaks into a house, kills three people and kidnaps the daughter. It has lots of twists and turns you don’t see coming.

Have You Heard About... Hidden Treasures

… what you can find behind the scenes in museums? Around the country, museums have far more items in their collections than they could ever display at one time. Harriet Baskas gives us a quick look at some of them in Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You.

Have You Heard About... The Good Nurse

… the real-life serial killer who spent over 15 years of his life killing patients at local hospitals? The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber follows the story of Charlie Cullen, who worked as a nurse at multiple hospitals across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Have You Heard About... Anything That Loves

… the Kinsey scale of sexuality? It charts orientation from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual).

Have You Heard About... My Age of Anxiety

… the brave and honest memoir that takes an unflinching look at anxiety disorders? In My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel, the author constructs a story that is part memoir/part scientific and philosophical look at the history of anxiety and how it has become a commonly diagnosed psychiatric condition in the last 30+ years.

Have You Heard About... Mad Science 2

… the amazing, dangerous, and beautiful things you can do with the proper application of chemistry and physics? Mad Science 2, by Theodore Gray, collects short articles explaining the concepts behind more than thirty projects, including incinerating a diamond and cutting steel with bacon.

Have You Heard About... Paleofantasy

… the theory that because humans evolved for life in the Paleolithic Period, we should shape our modern lives around that? According to proponents of these theories, our DNA was shaped by what we ate, how we moved, our family lives, and more for hundreds of thousands of years. If we eat, move, and raise children like we did then, we will be happier, healthier, and more in tune with the dictates of our genes.

Have You Heard About... Unsinkable

… Princess Leia’s mother? She’s an actress, singer, comedienne, dancer, author and “America’s Sweetheart.” If you guessed Debbie Reynolds, then you won’t want to miss reading Unsinkable: A Memoir.

Have You Heard About... The Casserole Queens Cookbook

…the retro/modern casserole cookbook that has something for everyone? In The Casserole Queens Cookbook by Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, you will find retro 50’s casserole recipes that will have you drooling as you recreate these iconic classics.

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