WinterTime for Nonfiction Reading
G O O D R E A D S recommended by the Penn Lake staff....
A D U L T N O N F I C T I O N
Copbook: a memoir by Richard Greelis
Bloomington resident Greelis takes the reader on a fascinating ride-along, that is sometimes hilarious and at other times painfully tragic. Greelis draws on his career as a street cop, a SWAT team operator, a detective in both the Violent Crimes and Sex Crimes Units, a member of the FBI's Terrorism Unit, and an undercover intel investigator for the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Escape from Camp 14: one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west by Blaine Harden
Presents a dramatic account by one of the few survivors born in North Korea's infamous political prison camps, describing the brutal conditions he was forced to endure as a child, his witnessing of his family's executions, and his final, harrowing escape.
Half-acre of hell: a combat nurse in WWII by Avis Schorer
Lt. Avis Schorer who is a Bloomington resident, once served with an evacuation hospital in North Africa and Italy. Heartaches, loneliness, and danger were constant companions while caring for the severely wounded. She and 25 others were first to land on the Anzio beachhead. Constantly bombarded by shells and bombs, the hospital on the beach was soon dubbed Hell's Half Acre.
The Happiness Project: or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun by Gretchen Rubin
A thoughtful and prescriptive work on happiness filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor.
Left to tell: finding God amidst the Rwandan holocaust by Immaculee Ilibigaza with Steve Irwin
Presents the true story of a woman who survives the murder of her family as a result of genocide in Rwanda. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. Inspirational journey of survival and forgiveness.
The Pioneer Woman: black heels to tractor wheels: a love story by Ree Drummond
American blogger and food writer Ree Drummond relates the real life story of how she met and married her "Marlboro Man." Her stories about her husband, family, and country living paint a warm and touching picture of life on an Oklahoma ranch.
Under and alone: the true story of the undercover agent who infiltrated America's most violent outlaw motorcycle gang by William Queen
A veteran ATF agent describes his two-and-a-half-year stint as an undercover agent with the Mongols, a violent outlaw motorcycle gang, a time during he which he not only became a full member of the gang but also rose to the position of treasurer, documenting their violent crimes and offering profiles of individual gang members.
Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.