Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

By: Pema Chodron 1994 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Spiritual life; Buddhism; China; Tibet; Doctrines Rating: 2.5/5   I’ll start by admitting that I have NO IDEA how Start Where You Are got on my “To Read” list. None. I am not… Continue Reading

Growing Up

By: Russell Baker Followed by The Good Times 1982 Nonfiction Rating: 4.5/5   I greatly enjoyed Growing Up, the memoirs of Russell Baker, who grew up in the Depression-WWII era. Of course, I love me some biography. But autobiographies can be… Continue Reading

The Vow: The True Events That Inspired the Movie

By: Kim & Krickitt Carpenter 2012 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Biography Rating: 3/5   The Vow was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be. If you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t already know, The Vow the movie, starring… Continue Reading

Free to Choose

By: Milton and Rose Friedman 1979 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Capitalism; Welfare state; Industry and state Rating: 2/5   Oh yeah. Look at that stud. Free to Choose is a “personal statement” from the late 1970s about economic policy.

Dylan Thomas: A Biography

By: Paul Ferris 1977 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Dylan Thomas; Biography; Welsh authors; 20th century Rating: 4/5 I am a sucker for a good biography. And a good biography about a wildly interesting poet? Count me in.

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life & Death

By: Don Piper with Cecil Murphey 2004 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Heaven; Christianity; Future life; Near-death experiences; Death Rating: 2.5/5   If you follow this blog, you’ll notice that I gave 90 Minutes in Heaven a 1-point higher rating than I… Continue Reading

Changes That Heal: How to Understand Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future

By: Dr. Henry Cloud 1992 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Emotional maturity; Religious aspects; Christianity; Psychology; Christian life Rating: 2/5 Changes That Heal, in Dr. Cloud‘s own words, “is a book about relationship, and the barriers that must be broken down for us… Continue Reading

The Complete Persepolis

Persepolis 1 Persepolis 2 Persepolis 3 Persepolis 4 By: Marjane Satrapi 2000 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Comic books; Comic strips; Persepolis Rating: 3/5 One first important point: Persepolis is a graphic novel. Graphic novels always frustrate me. I never really know… Continue Reading

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

By: Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent 2010 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Heaven; Christianity; Near-death experiences; Religious aspects; 1999 Rating: 1.5/5   I have a lot to say about Heaven Is for Real. I guess I should start by saying that I… Continue Reading