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Detroit: An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie
This is a powerful book, so real as to be too much so at points. Charlie LeDuff is unflinching in his portrayal of 2 stories: his own and that of his hometown, Detroit (to which he returns at mid-career). While LeDuff's life story is intriguing, the tale of the Motor City is almost too fantastic to believe...and it's in this gritty, unflinching and ultimately loving relaying that the book achieves its glory. It's hard to say what's more impressive: the author's awful portrait of this beleaguered city or the author's gritty piercing writing. The characters are so well drawn, the imagery so vivid and the stories so tragic. It's the exhilaration of a great read combined with the depressing reality of a dying city and its inspiring (and a few repulsive) people. Gonzo journalism lives.
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Eddie A., St. Anthony Library
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Seven Thousand Ways to Listen
Nepo, Mark
In this fast-paced and troubled world where almost everyone has forgotten the art of listening, Mark Nepo’s Thousand Ways to Listen, is a profound reminder of what really counts in our daily lives. Each line and paragraph in this book invites us to move closer to our heart and listen with our entire being. "Listening stitches the world together ---- It is a doorway to everything that matters…” he says. His sublime writings are wine for the thirsty and delicious bread for the hungry. I recommend it to anyone who is out there searching for the meaning of life.
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Guthema R., Golden Valley Library
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Sex and Citadel : Intimate Life in a changing Arab World
Shereen, El Feki
A great researched on contemporary sexuality culture faced by those living in the Muslim world and particular in Egypt.
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Saad S., Brookdale Library
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How to Make Money in Stocks, Getting Started
Galgani, Matthew
Looking for a mentor to guide you through the challenging world of investing? Let the author show you how to deal with major changes in the market and two simple rules to protect your money. Here the reader will find a step-by-step action plan to make the stock market a fun and profitable venture.
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Denis M., North Regional Library
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Geography of Memory
Walker, Jeanne Murray
The author describes how she found hope and joy through forgotten childhood memories while caring for her mother over thousands of hours as she suffered through the heartbreaking mental decline of Alzheimer's.
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Anne D., Southdale Library
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Kill Anything that Moves
Turse, Nick
Although I'm too young to remember the Vietnam War, my generation has learned much about that conflict from our elders and through popular culture. Still, nothing had prepared me for Nick Turse's book Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Based on primary documents and interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese, Turse provides a mountain of evidence that civilian casualties and massacres like Mai Lai were common occurrences, and that these atrocities resulted from specific policies by the military and politicians. This book should do more than shake up and refresh memories of the Vietnam War, but also illustrate the realities of counter-insurgency warfare.
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John M., St. Louis Park Library
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Elsewhere: a memoir
Russo, Richard
Ever since I read his Pulitzer Prize winning novel Empire Falls, I have been a Russo fan, and I started Elsewhere with great anticipation. His memoir concerns his frustrating relationship with his mother, a single mom who prided herself on her independence (Russo's father told him once, "You do know your mother's nuts, right?"). An only child, Russo aimed to please her and even went along with her plan to follow him out west when he moved for college. As I listened to him read this work, I heard compassion, love and frustration in his voice. After her death, Russo realized his mother had suffered from undiagnosed OCD. Never boring, this is a beautifully written and ultimately frustrating read.
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Kim B., Ridgedale Library
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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
Kristof and WuDunn, Nicholas and Sheryl
Two activists have written a call to arms against the oppression of women in the developing world.I think this may be one of the most important books of our time. I knew about the oppression of women before I read this book, but it really showed me just how much of a problem it is all throughout the world. I really believe in the author's message that educating and empowering women is the best way to reduce poverty and violence. I really like how the authors used stories of individual women to prove their point and it is very convincing. The world cannot truly be great if half its population's talents and potential are squandered or shunned. I also like how they give ways to get involved and help. I think all women and men should read this book.
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Molly R., Oxboro Library
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Pinkerton's great detective : the amazing life and times of James McParland
Riffenburgh, Beau
This biography of the famous Pinkerton Detectice Agency's most notorious, celebrated, and also loathed, detective, James McParland, is somewhat academic but still quite readable. It makes some attempt to tell more than one side of McParlands life story, but the author's sympathies still clearly lie with his subject. He does not ignore McParland's involvement in instigating often bloody crackdowns on organized labor, but glosses over McParland's faults when compared with the length he spends detailing the labor movement's faults in these struggles. An excellent read but not the unbiased portrait of a detective the author tries to make it.
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Aaron GK., Northeast Library
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The $100 Startup : Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Guillebeau, Chris
Thinking of starting your own business? With a modest investment, the author describes how ordinary people, drawing on their personal passion, developed a successful product or service. As the author points out, anyone with some effort, persistence, and a workable plan can do the same.
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Denis M., North Regional Library
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Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season
Chastain, Bill
Wilson was a physical oddity being muscular and barrel-chested, weighing 195 pounds but was only 5 foot 6 and wore a size 6 shoe. In 1930 Wilson was entrenched in the deeply talented lineup of the Chicago Cubs when he produced this stunning season: a .356 batting average, 56 home runs and 191 RBI. Chastain put me in to Prohibition-era Chicago with descriptions of speakeasies and the gang wars involving Al Capone. A fascinating read about a ballplayer whose name I'd heard before, but until reading Chastain's book, didn't know much about.
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Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library
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Here is Where : Discovering America's Great Forgotten History
Carroll, Andrew
History enthusiasts and seekers of unique factoids will be fascinated by the previously untold stories in this collection. Carroll travels the country documenting America’s forgotten history by visiting unmarked locations and speaking with local experts. Throughout his travels Carroll has created a kaleidoscope of American history including tales of runaway slaves, prohibition, inventions, orphan trains, automobiles, and utopian settlements. If you are in need of an absorbing read you can digest in small sittings this is it!
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Crystal H., Long Lake Library
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In the Garden of Beasts
Larson, Erik
In 1933 Germany elected a new chancellor and a surprising resurgence appeared to occur in the once-decimated superpower nation. For newly-appointed American ambassador to Germany, William E. Dodd, and his family, Berlin is a city of enchantment and reports of brutality towards communists and Jews seem to them exaggerated. But as their stay in Germany continues, the darker truths of the new Germany become impossible to ignore. Larson follows up Devil in the White City with another intimate account of a big historical topic and the personal nature of the narrative illuminates Nazi Germany unlike any other nonfiction book I've encountered. Compelling, readable and fascinating from beginning to end.
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Anne P., Washburn Library
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Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography
Wyeth, Andrew
Andrew Wyeth’s Helga Pictures have always been a favorite of mine, but when I discovered this retrospective of his entire art career, and was able to get a rare glimpse into Wyeth’s insights on his own about each piece depicted, I fell in love all over again. Don’t let the word “autobiography” in the title throw you; this isn’t a wordy, over-descriptive book. Instead, it offers short, personal annotations by Wyeth himself, of over 130 works, spanning his entire career. A quick, fascinating read that will make you look at Wyeth’s work through the artist’s eye.
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Jane B., Linden Hills Library
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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Roach, Mary
Science writer Mary Roach takes the most taboo subjects, and delivers irreverent comic writing that informs you while making you laugh out loud. In Gulp, she seeks answers to questions most wouldn't even ask their doctor after a few cocktails. If you have ever wondered why so many people hate liver, if chewing your food longer will really make you lose weight, why certain smells are so offensive to us, or if any of the rumors about the manner of Elvis' death are true, this book is for you. Also available as audiobook on CD.
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Jennifer W., Westonka Library
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Here, There, Elsewhere : Stories from the Road
Heat Moon, William Least
Heat Moon draws together for the first time his greatest short-form travel writing including his funny and touching adventures in Japan, England, Italy, Mexico, Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, and more.
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Anne D., Southdale Library
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I Don't Know : In Praise of Admitting Ignorance
Cohen, Leah Hager
In a tight, enlightening narrative, Cohen explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we should be better off coming clean. Weaving entertaining, anecdotal reporting with eye opening research, she considers both the ramifacations of and the alternatives to this ubiquitous habit in arenas as varied as education, finance, medicine, politics, warfare, trail courts, and climate change. But it's more than just encouraging readers to confess their ignorance-Cohen proposes that we have much to gain by embracing uncertainty. Three little words can in fact liberate and empower, and increase the possibilities for true communication. So much becomes possible when we honor doubt
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Eddie A., St. Anthony Library
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Her: a memoir
Parravani, Christa
Haunted by her deceased twin sister's image everytime she looks in the mirror, Cara wonders how she can possibly go on. Research shows that when an identical twin dies the other is often quick to follow, and as her life spirals out of control Christa can't help but wonder if she'll be another statistic. Parravani writes with honesty, a memoir at once tragic and beautiful.
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Brianna B., Wayzata Library
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All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories From a Vet's Practice
Wells, Jeff
Do you love animals more than anything in the world and have thought that you'd like to be a veterinarian? Wells, a practicing veterinarian in a rural Rocky Mountain Colorado clinic, delivers a humorous and insightful look at his life and work with a wide range of animals. He recounts his rigorous education and on-the-job training as a vet commencing in rural eastern South Dakota. His 36 stories range from treating circus animals to miniature pigs to yaks, along with a host of cat, dog and horse anecdotes. Anyone who loves animals or has enjoyed James Herriot's books will love these short, down-home stories filled with heartfelt emotion and laugh-out-loud incidents.
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Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library
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The Love-Charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War
Feigel, Lara
A portrait of World War II-era London by five literary volunteers documents their experiences as ambulance drivers, firefighters and other civilian aids through the course of a single night in September 1940.
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Anne D., Southdale Library
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