Book Reviews – Nonfiction

101 Tough Interview Questions and Answers That Get the Job, by Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Hayes 

The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation, by Abigail Carter
American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds, by James Maguire
American Wasteland: How American Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (and what we can do about it), by Jonathan Bloom
American Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, by Gail Collins
And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic, by Randy Shilts

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, by Francine Prose
The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory, by David Plouffe (2009)

Because You Have To: A Writing Life, by Joan Frank
Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, by Beth Grosshans
Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal, by William H. Chafe
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected, a memoir, by Kelle Hampton
Breaking Night: A Memoir of  Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, by Liz Murray

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, by Glennon Doyle Melton
The CHICK-tionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words That Every Woman Should Know, by Anna Lefler
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, by Peggy Orenstein
Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters, by Bill Tancer
Conversations and Cosmopolitans: Awkward Moments, Mixed Drinks, and How a Mother and Son Finally Shared Who They Really Are, by Robert Rave and Jane Rave
Crossing the Moon: A Journey Through Infertility, by Paulette Bates Alden
The Curse of the Good Girl, by Rachel Simmons

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin

Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal, by Jenny Rosenstrach

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession, by Barbara Garson
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink (2009)

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, by Brad Gooch
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, by Mark Bittman

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (audiobook)
The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Talent, and Treasure to Shape the World, by Kathy LeMay (2009)
Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, by Alison Piepmeier
Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls, by Leonard Sax
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent KIllers
by David Perlmutter, MD with Kristin Loberg

Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives On Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum, edited by Kyra Anderson and Vicki Forman

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (audio)
Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My Own Voice, by Maureen McCormick
High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never, by Barbara Kingsolver

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, by Nora Ephron (audiobook) (GR) 3 stars
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (2010)
In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, by Peter Lovenheim

Lift, by Kelly Corrigan (audiobook)
Linda McCartney: A Portrait, by Danny Fields (audiobook)
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds, by Lyndall Gordon
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, by Harriet Reisen
Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS, by Elton John
Loving Frank, by Nancy Hoban

Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, A Memoir by Caitlin Shetterly
Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules, by Pamela Haag

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds That Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show A Classic, by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Next Stop: A Memoir of Familyby Glen Finland

Not My Boy! A Dad’s Journey with Autism, by Rodney Peete
Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take For a Woman to Win, by Anne Kornblut
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Open Heart, by Elie Wiesel

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
by Melanie Warner
Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Asperger’s, by Tim Page
Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now, by Peggy Noonan
Prairie Tale, by Melissa Gilbert
Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden

Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, by Madeleine Albright
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, by Ammon Shea (5 stars)
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen Year Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida, (translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell)
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal, by Lily Koppel
Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices, by Lynda Fishman

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss

Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays, by Joel Waldfogel
Someone Will Be With You Shortly: Notes from an Imperfect Life, by Lisa Kogan

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Spark & Hustle: Launch and Start Your Small Business Now, by Tory Johnson
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, by Michael Davis
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Greg Mortenson (audiobook)
The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published, by David Skinner (GR, 2.5 stars)

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, by Rob Sheffield

Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes (audiobook)

Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World, by Linda Tarr-Whelan