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A Novel Idea!: Non-Fiction

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


Before The Spotlight

This book is a must read for anyone who has ever struggled reaching their goals, especially those who are trying to make it big in the music industry.

Casting With A Fragile Thread
















Casting with a Fragile Thread by Wendy Kann is an honest account, at least in the author’s narrow viewpoint, of the author's childhood in Zimbabwe, formally known as Rhodesia.

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover is a masterful storyteller – I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in under 3 days. The book is broken up into three parts: First, Westover’s unconventional upbringing starts in a junkyard, growing up with eccentric parents who refuse traditional healthcare and government “oversight”. Aside from an outdated homeschooling science book, Westover does not receive any formal education until the age of 17. As she gets older, Westover finds herself seeking a different life – one involving leaving her small town and going to college. Westover’s experience in applying for college as a non-traditional student provides the reader with a glimpse into her resilience and mental fortitude. 

Long Mile Home


Long Mile Home is an epic read for anyone who is aware of the Boston Marathon attack on April 15, 2013. It was written by reporters for the Boston Globe who not only had a difficult task of discussing the violent and tragic events of that day in 2013, but who decided to tell the story through first-hand accounts.

Siberian Huskies for Dummies

I have never read any of the “For Dummies” books prior to this, but I was very surprised with how much I learned from it. I started reading Siberian Huskies for Dummies a few weeks ago when I found out I would be rescuing a Husky of my own. Given that I grew up with a Lab, I did not know much about Huskies and this book provided not just basic information, but information and advice that I would have never thought about otherwise.