2014 Summer Reading Book Reviews; Non Fiction

These are reviews for non-fiction books from last years summer reading program.
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Years of the Forest by: Helen Hoover (Rating 5/5)

This is a book that takes us inside the Hoovers’ wilderness home during those sixteen Years of the Forest and lets us experience not only the joys and the techniques but also the challenges and travails of going it alone in the beautiful but not always accommodating wilderness, far from the technology and services that city people take for granted. It is a book of wilderness adventure, it is an education in the ingenuities of wilderness housekeeping, filled with practical details about making do, building and rebuilding, gardening for fun and for food, even advice about getting away from getting-away-from-it-all.

Solar Power by: Neil Morris (Rating 3/5)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave by: Frederick Douglas (Rating 3/5)

Frederick Douglass was born a slave, denied an education, and expected to work like a beast of the fields until the day he died. But Douglass’s mind and spirit could not be imprisoned. As he secretly learned to read and write, Douglass looked ahead to the day he could escape the chains of slavery. Once free, he wrote this classic of American literature. It is a story that shocked the world with its first-hand account of the horror of slavery.

Nuclear Power by: Neil Morris (Rating 3/5)

Kids Discover Cells (Rating 3/5)

Pieces of My Mind by: Andrew Rooney (Rating 5/5)

Representing the very finest of his nationally syndicated newspaper columns from the last two years, the 132 essays in his new book offer witty, rueful, wise, and commonsensical commentaries on everything from elevators, underwear, and banks to lifestyles, computers, marriage, income tax, wastebaskets, newspapers, neighbors, politics, and procrastination. In all, it is another book of pure joy.

A Hummingbird In My House by: Arnette Heldcamp (Rating 5/5)

Anyone who has fallen under the spell of the hummingbird will treasure this lovable true story of a young ruby-throated hummingbird who becomes part of someone’s household and life.