Category Non-Fiction

Letters of Note: Dogs by Shaun Usher

This is my third book from Shaun Usher’s Letter of Note series, and they are quick reads you can devour in a single sitting. I’m admittedly a cat person who, at the best of times, can barely tolerate dogs! But my husband has been campaigning for us to get a dog once we settle down […]

Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters by Andrew Morton

This candid biography of the Windsor sisters is for fans of The Crown. Given my interest in the British Monarchy since watching The Crown, it is nice to have a guide that separates fact from fiction. In this book, the author, Andrew Morton, who has written several biographies on the royal family and most known […]

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar

This is not the easiest to read because of its subject matter, but it’s a must-read. Amber Ruffin is a writer/cast member on Late Night with Seth Meyers show, and Lacey Lamar is her sister who has lived in Nebraska for most of her life. This book chronicles racist things that people have told Lacey, […]

Sapiens – A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This book will make a lovely gift for teenagers, and adults (like myself!) who have not yet read Harari’s original Sapiens. I tried reading Sapiens a while ago and gave it up after the first few chapters as it was too dense for me. So it was a treat to finally read the book that […]

Letters of Note: War compiled by Shaun Usher

I actually dreaded reading this volume because of its subject matter, but it turned out to be a brilliant read! As one would expect, there are some heartbreaking letters included in this collection, but they are few and far between compared to the heartwarming ones. 🙂 It was also a curious read for me because […]

Letters of Note: Cats compiled by Shaun Usher

Cats is one of the first few books Penguin Books have published as a part of their new Letters of Note literary collection. I like the concept of this series. Shaun Usher has selected some fascinating letters and compiled them under different themes, which is special, considering snail mail letters have become a thing of […]

White Hot Light: Twenty-Five Years in Emergency Medicine by Frank Huyler

I’m one of those people who have to be bribed to go to the doctor (if they are going to poke and prod me, there better be a cross-stitch in it for me! 😄). I’m an ok patient – I follow doctor’s instructions, take my medicine and shots on time. Nonetheless, the sight of blood, […]

Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power by Jennifer Worley

What a fabulous read this was! Jennifer (Jenny) Worley, who is now a professor of English, was 24 when she started working at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady peep show in the mid-1990s. Before joining Lusty Lady, Jenny worked as a junior book publicist, and she could barely make ends meet with her $11/hour salary. Lusty […]

Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan by Michael Booth

This is my second five star read in 2020! Since it looks like we all will be stuck inside our homes for a little while longer, I guess I will have to amuse myself with a bit of armchair travelling. And lucky for me, Micheal Booth’s Three Tigers, One Mountain turned out to be the […]

Downton Abbey: The Official Film Companion by Emma Marriott

I’M OBSESSED WITH DOWNTON ABBEY!!! 😀 I love the TV show, love the 2019 film, and now I’m counting the days until the sequel comes. For those who haven’t watched Downton Abbey, it’s a terrific period piece set in a fictional Edwardian country house in Yorkshire. The TV show begins around the same time the […]

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow’s account of Edward Lear’s life. Born in 1812, Edward was the penultimate of twenty-one children of Ann Clark Skerrett and Jeremiah Lear. Edward didn’t have the happiest of early childhoods – Ann Clark rejected Edward, and the family went through a […]

Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take to The Bank: An Inspirational Collection of Essays from Humorous to Simply Human by Leslie Handler

I jumped at the chance when Leslie Handler contacted me to consider reviewing her essay collection! I’ve not read many essays in the past. In fact, if I’m not mistaken the only essay collection I’ve ever read is This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett – a Valentine’s Day gift I […]

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

Until the recent #MeToo movement that empowered victims of sexual harassment to come forward and share their stories, they were mostly a marginalized group in the society. More often than not their accusations had been swept under the rugs as made up stories because for years the Americans have been instructed to be wary of […]

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey

I’ve never been drawn to non-fiction books, as much as I am to fiction, but lately, I’ve been making a conscious attempt to dive into the non-fiction world. So I bought Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, my first non-fiction in years while I was in the UK. However, despite my best intentions, I couldn’t […]