Friday, June 15, 2012

{Summer Reads}...Non Fiction

I've mentioned that I really enjoy the website goodreads because it allows you to create different shelves and lists for the books you've read, are currently reading, our would like to read. It also is great for sharing with your friends different titles. If you are part of a book club, I'd definitely recommend it. 

Now, with summer being officially here in just a short while, I thought it would be a perfect time to inaugurate a summer series based on good books for those lazy, sunny days when all you want to do is sit down with a glass of lemonade and a wonderful book. This week, let's start out with non fiction, alright? It's a great genre that usually sounds boring, but can really be the most interesting because these things actually happen! Keep in mind, memoirs are tricky because the author (and subject of the book) usually take some creative liberties to create a cohesive and concise story line. 

Here are some of my favorite non fiction books that would be great for summer whether you're on a plane ride, laying on the beach, or sitting in your back yard!

Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present, Edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler - This is a wonderful look into our past; look at the powerful progression of our society and feel your faith in the power of women reaffirmed. 

Oh the Glory of it All, by Sean Wilsey - A raw and dramatic memoir. Don't forget to read his mother's memoir by a similar title, Oh the Hell of it All

Jesus Land, by Julia Scheeres - Simply amazing. The gravity of her life and the trials she and her siblings face bring our lives into a grounding perspective. A compelling look into the lives of the fanatic, devoted and hypocritical. 

How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster - My go-to book for all things literary. Intellectually written so that you feel informed, not demeaned. Foster makes learning literary analysis theories engaging and humorous. I swear you'll feel like a literary genius. 

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, Edited by Karen V. Kukil - One of the most mystifying and elegant poets, Sylvia Plath left much behind, but leaving us still wonder. Her journals are rare portal to her tortured, talented life. Not only a wonderful poet, but also displays her innate gift of eloquence in her casual journal entries. 


  1. I will have to check these books out! Thanks for the recommendations (:

    Dearest Lou

  2. The Sean Wilsey book sounds really intriguing - I'm definitely going to have to take a peek at it. Can't wait to see your fiction suggestions


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