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Subject: 2013 - TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION - NF Reading Challenge - LISTS ONLY
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 10:01 PM ET
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 TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!



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1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)  Who Owns Antiquity?/James Cuno  finished 3/18/13

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)    Museums Matter/James Cuno  finished 9/8/13

3. Biography/Memoirs  Traveling with Pomegranates/Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor  finished 6/12/13

4. Current Events  Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them/Randy Christensen  finished 8/17/13

5. Entertainment  The Films of Alfred Hitchcock/Devid Sterritt  finished 7/26/13

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History The Knife Man/Wendy Moore  finished 1/29/13

8. Medicine/Health  Wall of Silence/Gibson, Singh  finished 3/13/13

9. Nature/Animals The Long Summer: How Climate Influenced Civilization/Brian Fagan  finished 4/12/13

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology  Rewiring Your Brain/John B. Arden  finished 6/29/13

12. Social Science  Anatomy of an Epidemic/Robert Whitaker  finished 9/22/13

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel  Don't Know Much About Geography/Kenneth C. Davis  finished 2/26/13

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice  Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life/Jo Myers  finished 5/31/13



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Subject: 2013 NONFICTION READING CHALLENGE
Date Posted: 12/1/2012 5:05 PM ET
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Tentative selections / 12 categories:      CHALLENGE COMPLETED 8/24/13

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology) - THE NAKED APE – DESMOND MORRIS - READ

2. Arts (Fine or Performing) - THE INNER VOICE:THE MAKING OF A SINGER – RENEE FLEMING - READ

3. Biography/Memoirs -  FIREWEED: A POLITICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY  -  GERDA LERNER -  READ

4. Current Events - MOLE PEOPLE: LIFE IN THE TUNNELS BENEATH NEW YORK CITY   BY JENNIFER TOTH  READ

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts - KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL:ADVENTURES IN THE CULINARY UNDERBELLY - ANTHONY BOURDAIN  READ

7. History - WOLF WILLOW: A HISTORY, A STORY, AND A MEMORY OF THE LAST PLAINS FRONTIER  BY WALLACE STEGNER   READ

8. Medicine/Health  -

9. Nature/Animals - BIRDOLOGY  BY SY MONTGOMERY  READ

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions -  FREE WILL   BY SAM HARRIS  READ

11. Science/Math/Technology - CORPSE: NATURE, FORENSICS, & THE STRUGGLE TO PINPOINT TIME OF DEATH – JESSICA SNYDER SACHS- READ

12. Social Science - QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING – SUSAN CAIN READ

 13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel - A LADY'S VISIT TO THE GOLD DIGGINGS OF AUSTRALIA IN 1852-1853  -  ELLEN CLACY - READ

 15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice - PIONEER WOMEN: THE LIVES OF WOMEN ON THE FRONTIER  - LINDA PEAVY & URSULA SMITH  READ



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1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology) - Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee (October 2013)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel - The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson (completed 2/25/13)

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice



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TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology - Lone Survivors: How We Came To Be the Only Humans on Earth by Chris Stringer

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Ranulph Fiennes

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice - The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!



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TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology) Robinson. The story of writing

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs Graves. Goodbye to All That

4. Current Events The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
by Eli Pariser Completed 10/21/13

5. Entertainment Carey, John Pure Pleasure: a Guide to the 20th Century's Most Enjoyable Books

Completed 5/25/2013

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts Rose. For all the tea in China completed 1/27/13. A very readable popular history on how tea became England's national drink. 3 stars

7. History Nicolson. The Perfect Summer: England, 1911, Just Before the Storm. Completed 3/25/13. 4 stars. Required reading for Downton Abbey fans

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals The sound of a wild snail eating

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions. Dreyfus and Kelly. All Things Shining

11. Science/Math/Technology Capon. Botany for gardeners

12. Social Science Jackson. Distracted

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel Mortimer. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

15. True Crime Snyder. Bloodlands Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. COMPLETED 6/9/13 4.5 STARS

16. Reader's Choice. Tuchman. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War ; 1890-1914. COMPLETED 3/30/13 5 STARS

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!



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DONE!!!!  My comments about the reads are summarized under discussion in one pm.

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION  There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.  Will focus on leisure activity reading for the categories to meet the qualification for the extra credit since I discovered that three of my reads do just that - Nos. 9, 11, 13 and 14 - leisure activities.

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology):  Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat, 4 stars, 4/22/2013

2. Arts (Fine or Performing):  The Prince and the Lily (Lilly Langtry, minister's daughter, society darling and actress)  by James Brough, 6/9/2013, 3 stars   

3. Biography/Memoirs:    I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood AliDelphine Minoui, 3 stars  

4. Current Events:  The Crone by Barbara G. Walker, an examanation of how we need the wisdom of aging women to better survive as a species, 3 stars.  

5. Entertainment:  An Especially Tricky People A Doonesbury Book by G.B. Trudeau, 3 stars

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts:   Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 7/22/2013, 1 star at best.  Can one give 0 stars?  It's awful.

7. History:  The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick. 4 stars, 9/26/2013, 4 stars

8. Medicine/Health:  How to Meditate by Lawrence LeShaw, 6/30/2013, 4 stars

9. Nature/Animals:  Crazy Good by Charles Leerhsen (horse racing), 4 stars, 4/23/2013, 4.5 stars

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions:  Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell, 6/4/2013, 3 stars

11. Science/Math/Technology:  The Housekeeper and the Professor (baseball) by Yoko Ogawa, 4 stars

12. Social Science:  The Blue Notebook (about a fictional character named Batuk Ramasdeeny whose father sells her into prostitution but is based on the author's experiences in treating children in third world countries) by James A. Levine, 7/12/2013, 5 stars

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness:  Downhill Lies and Other Falsehoods by Rex Lardner (golf), 2 stars

14. Geography/Travel:  Letters on an Elk Hunt (hunting) by Eleanore Stewart, 4 stars

15. True Crime:  The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean ("The true story of Beauty and Obsession."), 7/24/2013/ 4 stars

16. Reader's Choice:    The Crazy Years Paris in the Twenties by Wiliam Wiser, 3/20/2013, 3 stars.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!

 


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DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science:  Soiled Doves   Prostitution in the Early West by Anne Seagraves

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice



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The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing) Ludwig. How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (completed 9/30)

3. Biography/Memoirs Miller. Coming Clean: A Memoir (completed 10/5)

4. Current Events Musser. The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice (completed 10/17)

5. Entertainment Wald. The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama (completed 2/27)

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts Warner. Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal (completed 5/15)

7. History Aaronovitch. Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping of Modern History (completed 4/4)

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals Heinrich. Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death (completed 3/20)

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science Perry. Behind the Shock Machine: THe Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments (completed 10/16)

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness Yalom. Birth of the Chess Queen: A History (completed 10/23)

14. Geography/Travel Steves. Travel as a Political Act (completed 8/22)

15. True Crime Stack. Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions (completed 9/2)

16. Reader's Choice Klein. Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life (completed 1/21)



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TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology) Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azra Nasiri - completed 9/9

2. Arts (Fine or Performing) Saving Italy:  The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis - completed 7/3

3. Biography/Memoirs Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power by John Meacham - completed 1/27

4. Current Events Syria:  The Fall of the House of Assad by David W. Lesch - completed 4/25

5. Entertainment Shopping, Seduction, and Mr. Selfridge  by Lindy Woodhead - completed 4/29

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts Jumpstart to Skinny by Bob Harper - completed 4/26

7. History The Looming Tower:  Al-Qaeda and teh Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright - completed 10/1

8. Medicine/Health Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. - completed 6/10

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions The First Muslim:  The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton - completed 6/25

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science Bright Not Broken:  Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism by Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks - completed 11/5

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel At Home by Bill Bryson - completed 1/31

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid - completed 4/18

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!



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1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing) Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock Author: Andrew Beaujon

3. Biography/Memoirs Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked Author: James Lasdun

4. Current Events Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World Author: Michael Lewis

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table Author: Tracie McMillan

7. History

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him Author: Luis Carlos Montalvan, Bret Witter

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Author: Lawrence Wright

11. Science/Math/Technology 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True Author: Guy P. Harrison

12. Social Science LEAN IN: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Author: Sheryl Sandberg

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey in Mixed Martial Arts
Author: Matthew Polly

14. Geography/Travel

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion Author: Rachel Herz (Psychology?  Sociology?  Biology?)



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I'm not sure if I can squeeze it in with the other challenges but I read a lot of NF so let's try.

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

The Second City: Unscripted by Mike Thomas

3. Biography/Memoirs

Cyndi Lauper

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

 

7. History

The Tudors by G J Meyer

8. Medicine/Health

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

Bad Science by Ben Goodacre

12. Social Science

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside ESPN by James Andrew Miller  no link available here

14. Geography/Travel

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice

An Eye Doctor Answers" Questions about the eye by Richard A Driscoll



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TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall 10/15/13

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand 7/28/13

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

. It Starts With Food-Hartwig. Completed 5/23/13

7. History

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

. Isaac's Storm-Erik Larson. Completed 5/19/13

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology

. iPhone 5 for Dummies (completed 1/31/13)

12. Social Science

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

Death in Yellowstone - Whittlesey. completed 5/27/13

14. Geography/Travel

Montreal and Quebec City - Steven Howell, completed 7/12/13

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice

The Day The World Came to Town-Defede. completed 5/29/13

 

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination! 



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This is the 3rd year for me to try this but I never quite get many categories done. Maybe this year I will do better!

 

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison ~Piper Kerman (finished 5/2/13)

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History:  102 Minutes: the Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers ~Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn (currently reading)

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions: Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back ~Todd Burpo & Linda Vincent  (finished 8/17/13)

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science:  You Say More Than You Think: Use the New Body Language to Get What You Want! The 7 Day Plan ~Janine Driver (finished 6/5/13)

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice: Always Hit on the Wingman: ...And 9 Other Secret Rules for Getting the Love Life You Want ~Jake (finished 6/9/13)



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1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing) -  Edith Wharton at Home:  Life at the Mount, Richard Guy Wilson (architecture & interior design)  Completed 1/27/2013  B+

3. Biography/Memoirs -  Andrew Carnegie, David Nasaw  Completed 6/12/2013  A

4. Current Events - Plutocrats:  the Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, Chrystia Freeland  Completed 1/19/2013  A

5. Entertainment - Hollywood Musicals:  the 101 Greatest Song-and-Dance Movies of all Time, Ken Bloom  Completed 1/23/2013  B+

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts - Chocolate:  a Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light, Mort Rosenblum  Completed 4/12/2013  B

7. History - The Great Sea:  A Human History of the Mediterranean, David Abulafia  Completed 1/9/2013  A

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions - The Metaphysical Club:  a Story of Ideas in America, Louis Menand  Completed 8/13/2013  B+

11. Science/Math/Technology - The Particle at the End of the Universe:  How the Hunt for the Higgs Bosn Leads Us to the Edge of a New Word, Sean Carroll  Completed 4/17/2013  B-

12. Social Science - Triumph of the City:  How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, Edward L. Glaesar  Completed 5/26/2013  A-

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness - Sum It Up:  1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevent Losses, and a Life in Perspective, Pat Head Summit with Sally Jenkins  Completed 7/22/2013  A

14. Geography/Travel - Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed  Completed 4/9/2013  C

15. True Crime - Sacco and Vanzetti:  the Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind, Bruce Watson  Completed 8/3/2013  B

16. Reader's Choice - The President and the Assassin:  McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century, Scott Miller  Completed 1/29/2013  B+



 



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TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment    My Mother Was Nuts   1/31

 

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History     Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

 

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions   Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back  3/1

 

11. Science/Math/Technology

12. Social Science             Framing Innocence a Mother's Photographs a Prosecutor's Zeal and a Small Town's Response   2/27

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination! 



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 TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs     Cline.   Zelda Fitzgerald

4. Current Events    Harden.  Escape From Camp 14

5. Entertainment    Connolly.  Books to Die For

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts    Dragonwagon.  Bean by Bean: A Cookbook

7. History      Von Drehle.   1862:  Abraham Lincoln and the Making of America

8. Medicine/Health     Sacks.  The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

9. Nature/Animals     Heinrich.  Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions

11. Science/Math/Technology    Conniff.   The Species Seekers

12. Social Science    Irvine.  A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt and Why They Shouldn't

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel    Cherry-Garrard.    The Worst Journey in the World

15. True Crime    Lasdun.  Give Me Everything You Have:  On Being Stalked

16. Reader's Choice    Kiernan.  The Girls of Atomic City

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book. 

 



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This looks like a great challenge!  Well, it looks like I'm well read.  It was a great challenge.

RED IS READ

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)   The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson (completed April 15, 2013)

2. Arts (Fine or Performing)

3. Biography/Memoirs   Let Me Finish by Roger Angell (Completed November 20, 2013)

4. Current Events

5. Entertainment

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History   At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (Completed July 9, 2013)

8. Medicine/Health

9. Nature/Animals   The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts (completed April 30, 2013)

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions   The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit by Joseph Chilton Pearce (completed December 19, 2013)

11. Science/Math/Technology   The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (completed June 16, 2013)

12. Social Science   A Billion Wicked Thoughts : What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam  (completed April 26, 2013)

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness

14. Geography/Travel   Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Completed May 14, 2013)

15. True Crime

16. Reader's Choice   SuperFreakonomics by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner (Completed August 13, 2013)

Some categories overlap a little, so you can use your judgment where to put any particular book.

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!



 



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Completed the "well read" level of participation!

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

There are 16 categories to choose from, and 3 levels of participation.

DABBLER - Read books from 4 different categories -For those who don't read a lot of nonfiction but would like to add a little to this year's reading

WELL READ - Read books from 8 different categories -For those who like NF but want to leave room for lots of fiction too

ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE - Read books from 12 categories -For those who love NF and want to read a different category each month

The Categories:

1. Anthropology (Physical, Cultural, Linguistic or Archaeology)  Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (completed 7/17/13) a million stars. ***

2. Arts (Fine or Performing) The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr (completed 7/12/13)

3. Biography/Memoirs

4. Current Events 

5. Entertainment  Stories I Only Tell my Friends by Rob Lowe (completed 9/17/13)

6. Food/Nutrition/Culinary Arts

7. History

8. Medicine/Health  New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 by Susun S. Weed (completed 10/3/13)

9. Nature/Animals

10. Philosophy/Spirituality/World Religions The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra (completed 6/29/13)

11. Science/Math/Technology  Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley (completed 7/4/13)

12. Social Science

13. Sports/Recreation/Physical Fitness  Playing With The Big Boys: A Woman's Guide to Poker by Laura A. Van Vleet and G. L. Norris (completed 7/11/13)

14. Geography/Travel Hold the Enlightenment by Tim Cahill (completed 5/13)

15. True Crime  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larsen (completed 7/30/13)

16. Reader's Choice

PARTICIPATION BONUS To complete the participation bonus, you should post in the discussion thread at least a couple of lines about each book you finish--telling us what the book was about, and why you liked or disliked it. You should also mark the books in your list "completed" and the date. Anyone who completes EIGHT OR MORE books for this challenge, and follows the Participation Bonus guidelines, will receive a PBS book credit at the end of the year! (In order to receive a credit you will have had to create your list no later than 6/30/32 and have posted in the discussion thread about your first book read no later than 9/30/13.)

THEME BONUS Earn an additional credit if four of your books (from different categories--not including reader's choice) follow the same specific theme. The theme should be narrow enough to be challenging. As an example-- "Western Hemisphere" would be too broad--"London" would be specific enough. Using my own interest in psychology, if I wanted to choose "Treatment of Depression", I could read a book about pharmacological treatment for Medicine, counseling treatment for Social Science, the controversy between the two methods for Current Events, and a Biography of Aaron Beck. Use your imagination!



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CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!!