Tag: nonfiction

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Lynn: I wish I could have known Arturo Schomburg. Not only was he passionate about his research, tireless in his efforts to locate information, and relentless in his pursuit of dismissed history, but he strove to give children something he never had: the knowledge of what people with African roots had given to the world. […]

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Cuban and Cuban-American Literature
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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Cuban and Cuban-American Literature

Once upon a time, Cuba was an enigmatic, faraway place that conjured up images of I Love Lucy, history lessons about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and recurring headlines about Guantánamo. As far as books go, two loomed large: Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban, a multi-generational family epic and National Book Award finalist, and Oscar Hijuelos’ […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: HER RIGHT FOOT

Shawn Harris’ beautiful cut paper and ink illustrations accompany an informal and good-humored profile on Lady Liberty in the trailer for Dave Eggers’ Her Right Foot (Chronicle Books). Eggers provides all the usual facts about the giant lady—­her height, her weight, how she was a gift from the French—with a unique focus on her lower […]

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Nonfiction Starter Pack: THE DEUCE

Nonfiction Starter Pack: THE DEUCE

  The Deuce premiered on HBO two weeks ahead of schedule. In its first episode, David Simon’s series-length paean to Times Square recreated 70s New York in all its grimy glory, with an ensemble of prostitutes, pimps, gamblers, cops, and James Franco, who plays twins. The show has done nothing to change my opinion that the 70s […]

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: A 3-D Printer Saves a Life

BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: A 3-D Printer Saves a Life

Lynn: In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the endangered and threatened species list, but it still faces many serious threats. Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp clearly outline the eagle’s precarious position in Beauty and the Beak: The True Story of How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle (Aug. […]

Praying Mantis Picture Books

Praying Mantis Picture Books

Lynn: I’ve realized that my posts lately seem to feature a lot of bugs and critters—but my experience with the Focus Group has taught me you can never have enough books about them! So here are two more starring a particularly spectacular insect: the praying mantis. Most kids will recognize this large bug. Found in […]

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Lynn: Yes, there are a zillion books for kids about toads, frogs, and tadpoles. Trust me, few are as terrific as The Hidden Life of a Toad (2017), photographer Doug Wechsler’s up-close and personal look at the fascinating stages of metamorphosis. Most kids will have seen tadpoles, or at least books about them, but here the […]

Book Trailer Thursday: I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP

This week’s Book Trailer Thursday introduces the memoir of one of my favorite comedians, Kevin Hart. Hart’s debut, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons (Simon & Schuster), coauthored by Neil Strauss and released June 6, plumbs the depths of Hart’s humble beginnings in Philadelphia, as well as universal concerns, including sex, relationships, money, parenthood, and […]

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MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

Lynn: Suzi Eszterhas makes it clear that Moto is no pet, but I doubt anyone who reads Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom (2017) won’t feel a pang when she releases the serval kitten to the wild. Wildlife photographer and author Eszterhas was living in Kenya to photograph animals on the Masai […]

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Road Tripping with Eclectic Audiobooks

Once upon a time, I was wary of audiobooks; I didn’t think they were “real” reading. How wrong I was! Two sparked an obsession: Feed by M.T. Anderson, read by David Aaron Baker, with a full production complete with brain-fed ads and instant messages before I even knew what they were (!), and Shantaram by […]