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Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery, by Henry Marsh

I don’t usually like to think about medical things since I’m a bit squeamish in nature. However, I was eager to read Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, because to me, those who perform surgery on the brain are great explorers on the same level as astronauts. Brain surgeons operate on people knowing they are [...]

American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus

Readers who enjoy American and family history will appreciate this account of the author’s great-great grandmother Julia Schuster Staab and her descendants, who were among the early settlers of Santa Fe, New Mexico and who built the home that is still in use as the La Posada hotel — and is reputedly haunted.   The luxury [...]

Boy on Ice by John Branch

Boy on Ice by John Branch has to be one of the saddest books I have ever read. Branch chronicles the short life of Derek Boogaard, one of the National Hockey League’s most feared “enforcers.” I felt sorry for Derek as a child, wanting so badly to fit in with his classmates but being made [...]

Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier

If you have any interest in gardening, Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier is a must-read.  The author discusses tomato history, leaders in breeding and heirloom seed saving, and his own journey from tomato-growing rookie to his job as tomato adviser to the Seed Savers Exchange. He has grown over 1200 different tomato varieties and has [...]

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Erik Larson has a proven record of chronicling history as it intersects with the lives of individuals, and his latest work is no exception. With his customary astuteness and storytelling aplomb, he describes the events that led up to the demise of the passenger liner Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat on May [...]

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman

If you want to read a laugh-out-loud book about running, read The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman. It was a happy break for me to read this collection of comics that describe the Oatmeal’s running experiences and make fun of a lot of stuff associated with [...]

Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen

You might think that books about trees and bushes are probably dry and boring. For the most part, that’s true, although they are also very useful when planning what specimens to buy. Every once in a while though, a gem comes along, and Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen is one of them. Jacobsen [...]

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

I don’t usually read non-fiction, and when I do, I don’t usually like it all that well. With In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, I’ll admit that I picked up the book because Ron Howard is directing a movie version, soon to be released, starring Chris Hemsworth. I also [...]

North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

Cea Sunrise Person spent her childhood and adolescence as part of a free-spirited family who left California to spend their nomadic life in a series of teepees and makeshift housing in Canada during the 1970s in the sunset of the counterculture movement, moving in and out of relationships, living off the land, doing drugs. Family [...]

Savage Harvest:A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman

At the dawn of the ‘60s, Michael Rockefeller, a golden son of the Rockefeller dynasty traveled to remote New Guinea. A child of privilege, the trip was an opportunity to experience new and mysterious cultures, to work on a documentary film, and to prove himself a serious collector of primitive art, which interest he shared [...]

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