Books That Taught Me Something

Top 10 Books That Taught Me Something : Assassination Vacation, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, Why People Don't Heal and How They Can: A Practical Programme for Healing Body, Mind and Spirit, Fear of Beauty, If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World, A Short History of the World, Naked in Baghdad, Elephant Dance, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Assassination Vacation
AuthorSarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other—a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been...
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
AuthorKatie Davis
What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the...
AuthorCaroline Myss
Why does a "clean-living" person get sick, while a more obvious candidate stays healthy? Why does someone with a fatal illness suddenly become well, while another with a more benign condition dies? In "Why People Don't Heal and How They Can," best-selling author, medical intuitive, and teacher Caroline...
Fear of Beauty
AuthorSusan Froetschel
The battered body of an Afghan boy is found at the base of a cliff outside a remote village in Afghanistan. Did he fall as most of the villagers think? Or is this the work of American soldiers, as others want to believe? Sofi, illiterate, is desperate to learn the truth behind her son's death. Extremists...
AuthorKristine K. Stevens
In honor of her 40th birthday, Kristine K. Stevens sold her house, quit her job and traveled solo around the world.

Carrying a backpack and the naïve belief that the trip was nothing more than a six-month-long vacation, she hit the road. As her journey moved on and off the beaten tourist path,...
A Short History of the World
AuthorChristopher Lascelles
An interesting concept--condensing human history into 150 pages of readable prose--but unevenly executed. First, the positives. Lascelles correctly focused more space on recent history as that tends to be neglected in public schools and imperfectly understood by the populous. Also, his writing...
Naked in Baghdad
AuthorAnne Garrels
As National Public Radio's much loved and respected senior foreign correspondent Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In Naked in Baghdad she reveals how as one of only sixteen non-embedded journalists who stayed in the now legendary Palestine...
Elephant Dance
AuthorTammie Matson
It's the middle of the night in the Namibian desert when zoologist Tammie Matson wakes with a start to find two elephants standing beside her tiny tent. She makes a promise: "If you just let me survive tonight I will give up Africa. I'll give it all up. Just don't let them stand on me."

It's not a promise...
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
AuthorSvetlana Alexievich
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich...
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
AuthorEric Schlosser
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry...
The Wander Society
AuthorKeri Smith
verb  \ˈwän-dər\
to walk/explore/amble in an unplanned or aimless way with a complete openness to the unknown
Several years ago when Keri Smith, bestselling author of Wreck This Journal, discovered cryptic handwritten notations in a worn copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves...
AuthorJohn Lindow
Norse Mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland and outlines the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.

The book begins with an Introduction...
Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
AuthorKelly Weinersmith
From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologies

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already?

In this book,...
AuthorAlisa Valdes
From the fist day at her new Southern California high school, Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta ("Paski") learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot...
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
AuthorIna May Gaskin
What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.

Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy...
Where the Crawdads Sing
AuthorDelia Owens
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has...
Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
AuthorJohn Graves
In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged...
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
AuthorSusan Cain
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many...
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
AuthorMitchell Zuckoff
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