December 1, 2014

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 comments:

  1. I loved Nonfiction November as well! Maybe I should try Yes, Please...I haven't yet b/c I thought Tina Fey's Bossypants was just so-so...and they are essentially the same person, right?! And Stiff sounds intriguing...

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    1. 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.

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  2. I really want to read Yes, Please. Love Amy Poehler!

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    1. It's really good, Monika! Everyone needs more Amy in their life :D

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  3. 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 ;)

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    1. Here's what you need to do, Flo: Get to know her. Watch her show, watch her movies, read her book! That's my expert advice, lol.

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  4. Stiff is a great read although I haven't read any other of Roach's books yet either. Maybe I will see which one you decide to read next!

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    1. I'm trying to decide! Shall I read them in order of publication? I don't know, ahhhhh! ;)

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  5. They all look good especially Amy Poehler's!
    Happy December reading!

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    1. Thanks, it was a good month! Same to you, have a good one!

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  6. I really need to read one of Mary Roach's books one of these days. Everyone loves them so much!

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    1. I can't believe how long it took me to get around to one of them. Jeez. Now I have to decide which one to read next. I'm not good at making those type of decisions, lol.

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    1. You do, you do! It's funny, touching, and just damn good :D

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  8. 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!

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    1. I'm glad too! I'm going to get my hands on the rest of her backlist. SOON. Does your mom dig true crime stuff? I'm assuming she's read In Cold Blood? Classic! It just popped in my head :D

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  9. 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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    1. Oh my gosh, that is the best idea! LOL, I'd take the comedy club too but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be a wee bit interested in a morgue visit ;) I'm a curious cat!

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  10. Look, I don't read much non-fiction (meaning virtually none) but I respect you so much I'm going to read the Amy Poehler book. Yes, that much. I'm off to get it now.

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  11. I loooved the Amy Poehler! I listened to it on audio and it was the best ever. And I'm glad you finally read Mary Roach!

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  12. The Restless Sleep and Stiff sound fascinating!

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  13. These do sound like fantastic, nerdy non-fiction reads! I haven't actually read any of these books, but I want to read them all :)

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