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A Novel Idea!: Non-Fiction 2018

by Vater_fotografo, August 2014.  Some changes made.  Used under Creative Commons license permission.



The Reason I Jump

Written by then 13-year-old Naoki, "The Reason I Jump" is a wonderful collection that answers the never-ending slew of questions regarding autism. Naoki has autism; he has a hard time communicating and every day social situations make him nervous and frustrated. But his language isn’t stunted. He's intelligent, charming, and driven to achieve his goals and dreams.

Talking As Fast As I Can


















A genre that I’ve recently grown to love and look for is the “successful and funny women writing about their successful and funny lives” genre. I enjoyed reading the tales of Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling but nothing filled my heart quite like the witty and relatable stories of Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can, which I’ve admittedly read more than once.

Running Like a Girl


















I love that Heminsly started from scratch. She's not a professional athlete or a once high school athlete. She has a desk job, a roommate, and and average set of everyday activities. She decided to run simply to prove to herself that she could and signed up for the London Marathon having hardly ever set foot on pavement.

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal


















American Wife is an absolute MUST read for anyone who is a military spouse, knows a military spouse, is currently serving or previously served in the U.S. military, or any fans of Chris Kyle and his story behind American Sniper. Perhaps you have read his novel or seen the movie starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as his wife, Taya. In this novel, Taya sums up her life in four words: love, war, faith, and renewal (although the book also involves three more chapters: fame, shattered, and despair).


This book is sure to inspire you regardless of who you are and where you live. You may have already seen the movie featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, but in my honest opinion, the books are always better because they provide more detail. In Stronger, Jeff Bauman documents his life before, during, and after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

Teach Like A Pirate

Dave Burgess is an award-winning and nationally recognized teacher who travels to all kinds of conferences, keynote lectures, and campuses to spread his word and enthusiasm for teaching. He inspires colleagues, fellow teachers, and even his own students by using the creative acronym PIRATE. If we “Teach like a pirate,” Burgess strongly believes our students’ engagement will increase, our own creativity will rise, and our life as educators will be transformed for the better.

Rescue Road
















There is a lot more to rescue than most of us will ever realize. Many people own animals, without really thinking about the morals and ethics involved in pet ownership, buying a pure bred or picking up a dog at a shelter, usually without putting too much thought into it or without thinking about their pets’ backstories. Upon adopting his first family dog as a rescue, after long being against pet ownership, author and writer Peter Zheutlin gets curious and decides to follow the same path their 2-3-year-old rescue Lab mix, Albie, took to get to their family and his second chance at life. He learns more than he bargained for, completing changing his outlook on life and growing as a person, as he embarks on a journey that includes traveling from Texas to Pennsylvania, in a truck with 40-60 dogs.


Life is Short

Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have been inspiring people across the globe for over a decade. You may have seen them on their reality TV show "The Little Couple," but this book opens your eyes to so many life lessons and will encourage you to look at the world a little differently.