Adult Non-Fiction

Southern Lady Code : essays

Southern Lady Code : essays Book Cover

This collection of essays is absolutely laugh-out-loud hysterical. Southerners will get a special kick out of this one. I rate this book four pecan pies and one Lilly Pulitzer dress!

War of the whales : a true story

War of the whales : a true story Book Cover

This book reads like fiction, but is the true tale of the struggle between the marine ecosystem and the US Navy. Perplexed by continuous mass-strandings of whales, a marine biologist searches for the cause. What he finds turns out to be a much bigger battle than he ever anticipated. This thrilling book tells the story of the fight to protect these gentle giants, and the difficulties faced when the primary foe is the US Armed Forces.

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America Book Cover

This cookbook has an amazingly comprehensive set of recipes for Latin American dishes. Beyond the wonderful recipes, it also gives a compelling and rich history behind the foods and specific ingredients. In my own home, I often find myself reaching for it when I'm itching to cook something new. Aji de gallina (pg 671) makes a frequent appearance at my dinner table, and you will always find Chimichurri (pg 132) in my fridge.

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body Book Cover

Jessamyn Stanley is a body positivity advocate and yoga teacher. Her book was great for this beginner – she answered questions about getting started and has great pictures of poses. This is a book I keep checking out from the library to see how Jessamyn would tell me to do a pose. I also really enjoy her Instagram account and often watch her YouTube videos because she is wonderful at accommodating poses to work with your body.

American buffalo : in search of a lost icon

American buffalo : in search of a lost icon Book Cover

American Buffalo charts the natural history and near extinction of this magnificent animal. Rinella goes through the history of this animal, and contemplates his place as part of a 14,000 year hunting tradition. It is part history book, part adventure tale, and part hunting story. It is a quick and easy read for anyone interested in natural history.

You are a Badass

You are a Badass Book Cover

This is, by far, my favorite book in the “self-improvement” category, and I’ve read a lot of them! Jen Sincero’s writing will make you laugh out loud and nod your head as you realize things about yourself, your thought process, and the world around you. I’ve read this book more than 10 times and I get something out of it each time. The audiobook is also hilariously narrated by her and it’s a must listen!

Improv nation : how we made a great American art

Improv nation : how we made a great American art Book Cover

This is a must read for any improv lover! This comprehensive history of improv is an eye opening perspective in the true American art form.

The Old Patagonian express : by train through the Americas

The Old Patagonian express : by train through the Americas Book Cover

On break from teaching duties, Paul Theroux decides to travel from his home in Boston to Patagonia. Along the way he paints a vivid picture of not only the scenery passing by, but of all the people he meets along the way. It will make you want to hop on the next train to see how far you can go!

Lessons on expulsion : poems

Lessons on expulsion : poems Book Cover

This collection of poetry is fierce, eye opening, and beautifully expressive. It tugged at my heart, opened my mind, and will stay with me for quite some time.

The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row

The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row Book Cover

The Sun Does Shine is a mind blowing memoir that reads like a novel. Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly accused and convicted of murder at age 29 and spent the next 29 years of his life on death row. Not an easy read but a powerful story of hope and resilience.