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Nonfiction November Week 4: Stranger Than Fiction

Nonfiction November is zooming by. It’s now week 4, and this week we’re hosted by Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks: “This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that *almost* don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November Week 3: Be the Expert / Ask the Expert / Become the Expert

Welcome to Week 3 of Nonfiction November. Our host this week is Veronica at The Thousand Book Project. And the topic is: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic … Continue reading

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Why We’re Polarized

Ezra Klein says polarization is the “master story” that explains why US politics is so toxic and dysfunctional these days. His book Why We’re Polarized aims to help us make sense of it all. I don’t know how I missed … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November Week 2: Book Pairings

It’s Week 2 of Nonfiction November, hosted by Katie @ Doing Dewey. And the topic is: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November Week 1: My Year in Nonfiction

It’s hard to believe it’s already November! But that means it’s time for Nonfiction November. This is my second year participating. I’m looking forward to discovering lots of new bloggers, and to sharing some of my favorite books too. Rennie … Continue reading

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Rationality

I loved Steven Pinker’s previous book, Enlightenment Now, which I reviewed here. There were parts of it that made me want to jump up and cheer. So I was eager to read his latest, Rationality: What It Is, Why It … Continue reading

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Why Nations Fail

Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why, despite the passage of nearly two hundred years since the Industrial Revolution, are some countries still struggling to provide basic necessities while others indulge in conspicuous consumption? Why Nations Fail: The … Continue reading

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How I Became a Tree

Sumana Roy wants to become a tree. There are many reasons for this but perhaps most important is that she’s tired of the pace of modern life, the way we’re regimented by schedules and clocks and calendars. She wants to … Continue reading

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The Scout Mindset

It seems like every few months there’s another book published about how we can think better, think more clearly, think more long term, or just think again. Judging from the level of discourse here in the US, it doesn’t appear … Continue reading

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Twitter and Tear Gas

The brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020 sparked widespread protest across the US. In Seattle, where I live, demonstrations centered in an area called Capitol Hill. For nearly a month protesters occupied … Continue reading

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