Non Fiction

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Frida in America

Frida in America boils down the life of artist Frida Kahlo to a small chunk of time – 1930 to 1933 – and focuses on her life at the side of husband Diego Rivera, following him from New York to Detroit to San Francisco as he paints murals for rich industrialists, and she develops her own foothold ...

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The Wilder Life

The Wilder Life, by Wendy McClure (who tweets as @HalfPintIngalls), is a tribute to her fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and life. I’ve read the whole original series, but until I picked up this book, I had no idea that the Little House phenomenon could be so entertaining, emotional ...

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Janis: Her Life and Music

I am, admittedly, a very hard sell when it comes to Janis Joplin biographies.  I adore her music and have read multiple biographies about her life, as well as her sister Laura’s intimate, heartbreaking chronicle of Janis’ world and progress from bullied adolescent to worldwide superstar, Love, ...

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Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen

Note: this is a re-release of a book that was originally published in 1972. Only a Novel is the general gold standard for Jane Austen biographies.  Written in a smooth, witty tone that’s easy to sink into, the book explores Austen’s life from pre-conception (her mother wore a daring red cloa ...

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Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life

Popular TV historian Dr. Lucy Worsley once again proves her popularity is well deserved with this delightful biography of Queen Victoria.  But this book is different from any other you may have read about Victoria in that it takes an in-depth look at twenty-four specific days in the Queen’s life ...

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First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story

Sweet, candid and poignant First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story is part biography, part love story, part cultural narrative and altogether delightful. This charming tale of love not-so-American style does a fabulous job of introducing readers to the idea that not all romances ...

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The Princess Diarist

It could have been a real life romance novel – if only it had ended with an HEA. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher is primarily the story of how a plucky young girl with aspirations of being an actress had a love affair with her handsome leading man. This while headlining what is arguably the ...

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The Fortress

The Fortress is a memoir narrated in first person by Danielle Trussoni about her second marriage, how it began, and what happened over the ten years of its duration. The author makes herself incredibly vulnerable to judgment by the reader as she goes into excruciating details about the good, bad, an ...

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Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing

I have loved Jennifer Weiner since I picked up Good in Bed at an airport many years ago. I found that book to be, quite frankly, revolutionary. It was the first novel where the fat girl gets the boy that I had ever read, and as a fat girl myself, that meant it was the first time I could see myself o ...

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Modern Romance

When I first heard that Aziz Ansari was releasing a book about romance, I thought it was going to be chapters full of his stand-up sketches bemoaning the methods of dating in today’s world. I still wanted to read it because I think Ansari is hilarious; however, I did not expect his book to be part ...