Category: Nonfiction

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi At the age of thirty-six, just months away from finishing his years of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  In an instant, Kalanithi’s imagined future with his wife was gone, replaced by pain and uncertainty.  Where he had been the doctor…

The Operator

The Operator by Robert O’Neill In his New York Times bestseller The Operator, Robert O’Neill begins by briefly describing his childhood in his hometown of Butte, Montana.  He quickly moves on to his impulsive decision to join the SEALs and the grueling months of intense training required to qualify.  During his sixteen and a half…

Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Adventures of a Young Naturalist by David Attenborough In 1954, David Attenborough was offered an opportunity to begin a new show for BBC called Zoo Quest.  He jumped on it.  He traveled the world, finding and capturing rare animals for the London Zoo and filming the whole expedition.  Adventures of a Young Naturalist recounts three…

Hammerhead Six

Hammerhead Six by Captain Ronald Fry Hammerhead Six, written by Captain Ronald Fry, is the true story of the captain and his Special Forces A-Team, code name Hammerhead Six, during the War on Terror in Afghanistan.  Situated in Camp Blessing in the Pech Valley of Kunar Province, the SF team worked to eliminate terrorist threats,…

My Stroke of Insight

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. My Stroke of Insight is the true story of Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist who experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain.  In the space of just a few hours, Taylor lost the abilities to walk, talk, read, write, and recall…

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle is the true story of Jeanette Walls and the events that shaped her, beginning with her childhood and following her into early adulthood.  When she was a child, her family was always on the move, usually running from some sort of trouble.  They skipped from town…