Category Archives: non-fiction

Roger Ebert: A “Life Itself” Well Lived

This is a challenging piece for me to write: how does one do justice to an amazing book AND a tremendous documentary, which individually and collectively convey the life of a remarkable man? All I can do is try, including … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marco Polo, by Demi

In this children’s book entitled Marco Polo, Demi presents beautifully “gilded” illustrations and a captivating 50-page biography of Marco Polo’s 24 years of world travel and unbelievable adventure.   Polo begins his travels as a teenager, setting out with his … Continue reading

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Love, Look at the Two of Us, Hidden in Every Way…

Before moving to Dallas, I lived and worked in Decatur, Illinois for 12 years. During my time there, one of our best-liked politicians was Democratic State Senator Penny Severns. She was indispensable to her home community, and I would often … Continue reading

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Book Review : Wild Sea Creatures by Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt

“Go, Creature Powers!”  Readers may recognize the authors, Martin and Chris Kratt, from the PBS television show Wild Kratts, in which the Kratt brothers inform children about animals in a hands-on way.  Wild Sea Creatures: sharks, whales, and dolphins! is a … Continue reading

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When They Weren’t Shooting, They Were Reading…..

One of the best non-fiction titles I read in 2014 illuminated for me a 20th-century U.S. governmental activity about which I had been totally unaware. Knowing about it now makes me proud yet again to belong to the “book profession”. In … Continue reading

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