non fiction

Aug 14, 2010

Saturday Read: Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

I've been seeing previews like crazy for Julia Roberts' new movie, "Eat Pray Love" and it looks pretty cute. And since I have a standing rule that I must read the book before I watch the movie, I was forced into this week's read. However, I'm so glad that I did!

Jul 10, 2010

Saturday Read: Nice Recovery, by Susan Juby

In the summer, there is nothing I love more than laying on the beach with a cold drink and a good book. One of my favorite genres for summer reading is biography and for some odd reason, I tend to gravitate to memoirs of alcohol and drug abuse. Don't ask me why, but I love to read memoirs of addicts. Maybe it's the grittiness of the story or that they usually are somewhat recovered by the time they write the book, but I can't get enough of them!

Jun 17, 2010

The Know: 10 Books You Need to Read Now

With summer here (or officially four days away) we've got lots and lots of free time on our hands. And by that I mean we're cooped up in our parents house and - god help us - we love our parents, we really, REALLY do, but after about 48 hours back from school we are already counting down until Welcome Week.

Saturday Read: The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

I'm a sucker for a great non-fiction book and biographies are no exception! I find biographies so powerful; fiction can be wild and created, but imagined. Part of the appeal of biographies is that all the wildness is REAL and TRUE.

Jun 12, 2010

Saturday Read: Upcoming Summer Reads

Summer has just begun for me and besides working 35 hours a week (doing the best student job on the planet, might I add), I've been devouring book after book. Science, YA, dystopian - I've got it all. However, despite my plethora of reading material, I often find myself trolling Amazon.com, looking for new releases that I can't wait to get my hands on.

May 8, 2010

Saturday Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

If you read my Saturday posts, you know that I love me some non-fiction, specifically from the science section. Yes, it sounds super nerdy, but let me tell you, the science section houses some of the most interesting and relevant books in all the bookstore.

May 1, 2010

Mar 27, 2010

Saturday Read: The One-Week Job Project, by Sean Aiken

For most college students, exam time is looming just around the corner. We've slacked off all year, attending too many "Thirsty Thursdays" and fallen prey to our friends begging us to come out just one more night. And now, as we stare at the stack of textbooks piled on the desk in front of us, we're forced to actually think about our futures instead of just enjoying the student life.

Feb 13, 2010

Saturday Read: Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

I'll admit it: this week I fell prey to the "Recommended" table at my local book store. Being a bookseller, I find myself to be a bit of a book snob and will rarely listen to advice about my reading material. However, I am also a sucker for a nice cover (yeah, I judge a book by its cover) and "Sarah's Key" indeed has a nice cover. So I picked it up, read a few pages and before I could resist, I was hooked.

Dec 26, 2009

Saturday Read: 4 & 1/2 Books for Break

So you're home for break. And it's wonderful. But what are you going to do with all that downtime for the next three weeks? How about do a little reading for pleasure? You know what I'm talking about, right?

Nov 28, 2009

Saturday Read: The Gift, by Cecelia Ahern

Even though I live in chilly Northwestern Ontario, the snow has still not fallen! And, yes, I am a little peeved. Usually the late November snow signals me to bust out the Christmas decorations and movies (can anybody say Elf?!) and indulge in the holiday spirit. But this year I've had to create all the spirit myself.

Nov 21, 2009

Saturday Read: Loot, by Sharon Waxman

The subheading of Loot, by Sharon Waxman, is "The battle over the stolen treasures of the ancient world," which gives you a pretty good idea of the content. For any of you who have visited big museums such as the Met in New York or The British Museum, you know that the majority of their historical artifacts don't come from their homeland, but rather, fascinating and exotic places like Greece, Egypt and Italy.

Aug 8, 2009

Saturday Read: Better Love Next Time by JM Kearns

I figured this is a great time for a relationship self-help post. Summer is coming to a close and with that comes the end of summer flings. Maybe it was the extreme heat or all the margaritas, but, you REALLY believed that it would last with that fantastic guy.

May 23, 2009

Saturday Read: Tweak by Nic Sheff

A couple months ago, I wrote about the book "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff, which chronicles the author's experiences as a father of a drug addict. Because his son, Nic, was known for his writing (even publishing a piece in Newsweek while still in high school!), his father's publishers were interested in him writing about his own journey. In "Tweak," Nic chronicles his experience from his point of view.