Monthly Wrap-Up & Mini Reviews: November 2014

It truly was a Nonfiction November for me. I only managed to read 4 books but since they were each such nerdy nonfiction wonderful-ness you’ll hear no complaining from me. (Okay, maybe a little complaining: Only 4 books? What is going on with me? I’m not quite living up to the name of this blog, now am I?)
Why and how did the cold case squad of New York City form? This was an intriguing look at the politics and policies of one of the largest police forces in the world. I was especially interested in the close look the author took at a number of cold cases. I only wish this was a more current read. I’d like to know more about how they handles these types of cases now. (Restless Sleep was published in 2006, a lifetime ago according to forensic and technology standards.)
I cannot believe how much this book about dead bodies made me laugh! This was my first Mary Roach and I fell for her easy writing style and sense of humor. She has a way of making science incredibly accessible and engrossing and I cannot wait to get to another of her books. Now to decide which one to get next…

A sad, but hopeful, tale about a woman widowed by the Vietnam War. Instead of burying her husband’s body, Ruth Crocker buried her married life mementos, including all of their love letters and her wedding dress. After 40 years she decided to exhume the memories. This one made me tear up more than once.

Girl Crush Alert!

Yes it is exactly as funny, smart, charming, and refreshing as you’ve heard. Go get yourself a copy. Now. You can thank me later. I might have to start re-watching Parks & Recreation to get some more Amy in my life.

How was your November? What are you looking forward to in December?

22 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up & Mini Reviews: November 2014

  1. You make me laugh with your comment on Yes please! I'm like this sometimes. In this case, I will not read this book: I don't know this person and I'm not sure it's the kind of book for me but, again, your way of recommending this book is perfect πŸ˜‰


  2. Ha ha! I really liked Bossypants but I'm a nerd and really dig her sense of humor. I found Amy's book to be more substantial and TRUE. It wasn't just an attempt at humor, she really does talk about her life without trying to put a hilarious spin on everything. I can't recommend Stiff enough. SO GOOD.


  3. So glad you tried STIFF! It's an all-time fave. And I think i'm going to buy The Resteless Sleep for my mom for Christmas. I think she'd LOOOOVE it!


  4. I think one of my book clubs is going to pick Yes, Please–and go to a comedy club as \”field trip!\” They are an adventurous bunch . . . if we read Stiff, we'd have to go visit a morgue! I will take the comedy club!!


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