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Celebrating MLK Day
Cover Art On January 20, we celebrate the annual Martin Luther King holiday and reflect upon the courage and determination of King and many others during the Civil Rights era. For other stories of admirable African-Americans, check out our list of Black Voices. These stories will both lift your spirits and cause you to really think about race in America and how we can do better moving forward.
posted Jan 17, 2014 by Anne P. Category: Nonfiction

Sell Me On: Michael Pollan
Cover Art Maybe you've seen the name on the bestseller list or heard him interviewed. But who is Michael Pollan? Is he an author you'd enjoy? Here's the scoop:

Name: Michael Pollan
Genres: Nonfiction exploration of food, the food industry and the American diet.
Popular books written by Pollan: Pollan is well-known for a number of books, especially Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma.
What makes him stand out: Readers enjoy Pollan's research and perspective about issues of health through nutrition mixed with larger cultural issues of food production. He presents unsettling truths, but does so in a manner that is readable and consistently fascinating.
Where to start: If you are curious about these questions of our cultural relationship to food, any of Pollan's books will be of interest.
posted Sep 9, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Nonfiction

Lightening up
Cover Art Among the most popular nonfiction titles are the essays, short stories and general musings of humorists. As they offer us a window into their wacky lives, we find some of the happiest escapes around. If you love David Sedaris, John Hodgman and Sloane Crosley, check out Bookspace's new list of Anecdotal Nonfiction. Further great summer reading awaits!
posted Jul 8, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Nonfiction

One Minneapolis One Read III
Cover Art Hennepin County Library is delighted to participate in the third year of the One Minneapolis One Read program. Along with other community partners in Minneapolis, the library promotes reading, discussion and ongoing programming each year devoted to a book of local interest. This year's pick, A Choice of Weapons, tells the autobiographical story of Gordon Parks, a renowned photographer who grew up in the Twin Cities. His inspirational story promises to spark meaningful conversation as the program gets underway.

Get involved with One Minneapolis One Read this fall and, for other nonfiction recommendations of related interests, check out some of these great lists from Bookspace:
Black Voices
Biographies and Memoirs
Minnesota Experience
posted May 1, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Nonfiction

Coffee House Press to add Creative Nonfiction to Repetoire
Cover Art On March 1, Coffee House Press, a local publisher with a national reputation, announced it will publish essays and other creative nonfiction on a regular basis. As detailed in the full press release, the press "has published nonfiction titles in the past, including Kao Kalia Yang’s renowned memoir The Latehomecomer, Judith Kitchen’s recent essay collection, Half in Shade, and U Sam Oeur’s memoir, Crossing Three Wildernesses, the decision to include essays on a regular basis is a deliberate one in service of their mission."

If past titles are any indication, we have much to look forward to!
posted Mar 5, 2013 by Stephanie S. Category: Nonfiction

Celebrate Black History Month
Cover Art Read, Learn, Explore and Enjoy!
posted Feb 5, 2013 by Jen L. Category: Nonfiction

New York Magazine's Self-Help Issue
Cover Art Like you do every year, you took a long hard look at yourself after the holidays and decided you needed to get fit, manage your debt, get more organized, etc. About now you're realizing just how hard it is to break bad habits. You might find yourself heading to the library to look for The 4-Hour Workweek, The Power of Habit, or Daring Greatly to help you figure out how to get back on track.

Did you resolve to read more in 2013? Check out last week's issue of New York Magazine, which took some interesting, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous looks at self-help as a category. In The Power of Positive Publishing, Boris Kachka looks at the history and changing nature of self-help publishing. In The Self in Self-Help, Kathryn Schulz wonders how we can help our self if we don't even know what a self is. In How to Read 31 Books in Four Minutes, staff writers read and summarize 31 currently popular self-help books so you don't have to! And for a little comic relief, SNL's Bill Hader, provides 7 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Bill Hader.
posted Jan 22, 2013 by Stephanie Steinwedel Category: Nonfiction

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