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Category Archive: Non-Fiction

Ancient Stories and Science: How Do They Fit Together?

This is one angry man. When he spoke at Stanford University on the Indian relationship with the land, his first question from the audience was “a person asking whether I didn’t think running… Continue reading

Nobody Likes a Know-It-All

The Today Show recently fired Ann Curry from the top female anchor position.  Ever since she got the coveted job, she had been affected and stiff.  Her wardrobe had gone from normal to… Continue reading

A Bestseller Worthy of the Praise: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

I picked up The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks expecting a charming bildungsroman of a young girl in the south who worms her way into the hearts of a family.  Don’t ask me… Continue reading

It’s Okay to Be an Introvert: A Review of Susan Cain’s Quiet

Today is my birthday, and if I could choose to do whatever I wanted, I would choose to be alone with a book all day.  Perhaps this is because I have a toddler… Continue reading

The African American Experience: Roots and W. E. B. Du Bois

Alex Haley, famous for writing Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), searched for identity by tracing his family history. He spent many years inquiring of every African he met the meaning… Continue reading

When I Grow Up I Want to Be Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is so smart that I can barely understand her books.  Her work forces me to slow down, savor each sentence, and really think about what I’ve just read.  When I put… Continue reading

Lessons Learned at Disneyland

We spent the last week at Disneyland.  I hadn’t been there in some fifteen years, and my husband hadn’t been there in over twenty.  We enjoyed it, but we’re exhausted and need that… Continue reading

Things Baby Books Should Tell You But Don’t

I don’t know about you, but when I had my first baby it was quite a shock. I went from lunching with my friends, wearing nice clothes, and leaving the house everyday to… Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland and Puberty

I physically wrestled my husband for a copy of one of the Harry Potter books.  It came in the mail the day of its release (I can’t remember which book it was), and… Continue reading

I Was Afraid to Major in English

I was afraid to become an English major.  They all seemed so . . . smart.  Arrogant.  Self-assured.  These were traits I did not possess, aside from smartness, but they seemed smarter.  They… Continue reading