Category Archives: Non-fiction

The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat (1969)

After years and years of talking about sailing, reading about sailing, dreaming about sailing, Farley Mowat finally buys himself a boat.  He has plans of adventures on the sea and peaceful sailing with family and friends. But what happens when … Continue reading

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Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (1955)

        Profiles in Courages tells the stories of eight United States senators who stood by their principles —  against popular opinion and their own political parties.  For each, their lives as well as their careers were put … Continue reading

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Three Great Books about Jackie Robinson!

Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Barry Denenberg.   In 1919,  Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on a small sharecroppers farm in Georgia.  When he was just six months old, his father ran off leaving Jackie’s mother to raise and … Continue reading

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The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (2013)

I found this book a couple of years ago in an airport bookstore — those small bookstores often have the BEST titles!  I enjoyed it so much, I chose it as my book club choice that year so all my … Continue reading

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MAGNUS — documentary film (2016)

Today I’m recommending MAGNUS, a 2016 documentary film available on Netflix. Magnus Carlsen is the youngest chess grandmaster ever – age 13. He becomes World Champion in 2013 at the age of 23 – a title he still holds at … Continue reading

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Marva Collins’ Way by Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin (1982)

What I once assumed to be inferior education for the poor and underprivileged has become a nationwide malady that afflicts the middle and upper classes as well. . . our children are not the culprits, they are the victims.  My twenty … Continue reading

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2 Great Picture Books and 1 Biography of Jacque Cousteau.

I grew up watching the TV series The Undersea World of Jacque Cousteau with my family in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  For a little girl living in Boise, Idaho, his beautiful footage of exotic fish, strange underwater plants … Continue reading

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