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25 Terrific Non Fiction Book Reviews From The Squidoo Book Club

Last month the Squidoo Book Club was asked to review a favorite non fiction book and as always they did an outstanding job.

You’re going to want to check out each and every one of the following to find enough great reads to keep you busy all winter.

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PS… Trust me, it was a tough decision but as promised one of these fabulous lenses will appear as Lens of the Day on Sunday January 5th. Stop back then to see which one we chose.

Book Review: Tattoos on the Heart

1. Book Review: Tattoos on the Heart

How can a loving priest lead his congregation to God, when his congregation is barely surviving in a gang- infested community in the heart of Los Angeles? How can he make life better for the young people he has watched grow up from birth until death . whic…

"Yes Chef: A Memoir" by Marcus Samuelsson

2. “Yes Chef: A Memoir” by Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson, born in Ethiopia in 1970, successfully climbed the kitchen ladder and become ‘a Chef, a Brand and Then Some’ according to a recent article by Adrienne Carter on August 4, 2012 in The New York Times. Anne Marie and Lennart Samue…

How "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell Changed My Life

3. How “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell Changed My Life

So many things in life happen in the blink of an eye; and your gut instinct operates even faster. This is the power of thinking without thinking. Like in most of his books, Gladwell explores a topic that appears simple and basic enough, and yet from the ve…

Charles Manson: Life & Times

4. Charles Manson: Life & Times

The most chilling crimes of the nineteen sixties I once tried to read a book about Charles Manson. Usually, I can read and enjoy almost any book but I had to give up on the one I started because it was badly written nonsense; just someone cashing in on Man…

The Question and Answers About B12

5. The Question and Answers About B12

Could It Be B12? That was the question posed by my doctor, during my first consultation with her, in November 2013. After years of tolerating a growing list of symptoms that had been attributed to stressful life- circumstances, I’d reached one of my l…

Church Planting Guide

6. Church Planting Guide

Becoming A Ripple Church: Why and How to Plant New Congregations If you polled Americans asking them if there was a need for new churches the overwhelming ‘No’ would probably be the response. Since America is said to be a ‘Christian’ na…

Contemplating Unification Thought

7. Contemplating Unification Thought

This book, Contemplating Unification Thought, is written by me, Jennifer P. Tanabe. I’m a proud author! It was the first book I published. Well, published would be a bit of a stretch for the first edition. Let me tell the story. Unification Thought is…

Quiet: Somebody Does Understand!

8. Quiet: Somebody Does Understand!

Susan Cain offers comfort to those introverted souls among us who had to endure efforts by teachers and parents to ‘fix’ them. Cain is an introvert who has managed to succeed in fields widely considered to be the domain of extroverts, such as law…

America the Beautiful by Dr. Carson

9. America the Beautiful by Dr. Carson

This is a classic, written by one of the best and brightest individuals ever born in America. Dr. Carson’s life story should be an inspiration to every parent and to every child being raised in poverty. And now he has written another bestseller how to…

The Truly Inspirational Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

10. The Truly Inspirational Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

I thought that, if I am going to review a non- fiction book, then it should be one that is relevant to me and my art. That is the whole point of writing to me. It is an art form, and whilst I can hardly claim to consider myself a great success financially,…

Heaven IS for Real!

11. Heaven IS for Real!

My teenager had started attending a youth group with one of her friends. She got in on the last 2 weeks of them reading Heaven is for Real as a group. Both weeks she came home telling me about what she had read and telling me that I really needed to read t…

Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun

12. Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun

The universe beyond planet Earth is fascinating, and the truth is that we know very little, as we observe with our telescopes, space probes, and whatever we’ve got on our little sphere hurling through space. The study of the universe beyond Earth is t…

In Her Words

13. In Her Words

Mother Teresa is a force and a force to be reckoned with. Ask anyone who has read, seen, or heard about her and they will tell you what I have come to know. Mother Teresa though small in stature, has a persona that is as big as Lady Liberty herself. She wo…

Bossypants by Tina Fey

14. Bossypants by Tina Fey

If you can get over the disturbing cover art, this really is a fantastic book! I bought this book when it first came out as stocking stuffer for my boyfriend who has had a huge crush on Tina Fey ever since her days on Saturday Night Live. I have to confess…

True Strength by Kevin Sorbo: A Book Review

15. True Strength by Kevin Sorbo: A Book Review

This book is about a man who played the hero role on TV and in movies, while in reality he was secretly dealing with a sudden illness that nearly took his life. It took true strength for Kevin Sorbo to overcome three unexpected strokes; he credits his sick…

Gary Vaynerchuck Gives Practical Advice | Jab Jab Jab Right Hook His Best Book?

16. Gary Vaynerchuck Gives Practical Advice | Jab Jab Jab Right Hook His Best Book?

New York Times best- selling author Gary Vaynerchuk has just released a new book based on his views of how to properly use social media. When I first heard about this new Gary Vaynerchuk book, I was quite excited. Year ago, when I first expressed an intere…

Tails of the Mouse

17. Tails of the Mouse

Stories of children’s resiliency are never hard to find in books, magazines and on the timelines of Facebook. But how often can a reader fully immerse themselves into the lives of a couple of children who face not one roadblock but an almost unbeli…

Learning to Sell Wholesale

18. Learning to Sell Wholesale

Having worked in the retail/wholesale field as a producer and sales rep and having written three eGuides to help producers sell their products to retailers, I can highly recommend Meryl Hooker and Rob Fortier. Their co- authored book on Pushing the Envelop…

Do You Want to go to Alaska? Start Here, with  Walking Home by Lynn Schooler

19. Do You Want to go to Alaska? Start Here, with Walking Home by Lynn Schooler

I’m from Alaska, and that was really hot stuff with my new grade school classmates when they learned that my family had just migrated South to the Lower 48, from the land of igloos and the polar bear. That was ages ago, but after reading Walking Home,…

Heaven is for real:Todd Burpo

20. Heaven is for real:Todd Burpo

‘Heaven is for real’ was recommended to me by my daughters respite provider. She is an inspirational women and an avid book reader like me. Her tastes are not always the same as mine but we do share a common interest in God, Heaven and Faith. We…

Malcolm Gladwell Blink Thinking

21. Malcolm Gladwell Blink Thinking

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is, to quote the author, ‘a book about those first two seconds. ‘ He is referring to our intuitive self which he refers to as the adaptive unconsciousness. We have known about the concept of first imp…

Understanding Introverts

22. Understanding Introverts

Being an introvert in an extrovert- centered world is hard and introverts don’t voice it if they can avoid it but Susan Cain just made it easier for everyone to understand the mind of introverts everywhere. Being an introvert myself, I resonated reall…

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone to Recite the ABCs with Seth Godin

23. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone to Recite the ABCs with Seth Godin

Remarkable narrative by Seth Godin is perfectly paired with illustrations by Hugh MacLeod, giving us words and visuals with which to learn the ABCs of art and creative thinking. V is for Vulnerable : Life Outside the Comfort Zone is an ABC Picture Book for…

The nine Success-steps of Stedman Graham

24. The nine Success-steps of Stedman Graham

You can make it happen Everybody learns in a different way. Some need a teacher in front of them who tells them the important things. Some need to see the desired goal in images. Some learn from books. Others by participating in exercises of all kinds. I l…

Weekends With Daisy

25. Weekends With Daisy

The Universe of Daisy Dogs often become the center of the Universe for those who need them most. In the case of Daisy, a yellow lab with a gravitational pull like that of the sun’s, three individuals in particular would come to orbit like planets arou…


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  • nancycarol

    Lots of excellent reviews here. It’s good to see all the readers in our community. Books are a national treasure, and it’s nice to see them appreciated.

  • RenaissanceWoman2010

    Loved seeing Daisy here. Thank you!

    • rms

      You’re welcome.

  • Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Delighted to see my rave review of V is for Vulnerable, authored by Squidoo’s Seth Godin, amongst the book offerings! And I see Weekends With Daisy, too, I loved that lensmaster’s review! Off to read a few I’ve missed along the way that do look quite interesting to me.

    • rms

      Thanks for sharing it.

  • flora-crew

    Those all look good. I don’t think I opened up quests until after the contest was over. I was trying to do a book review of a non-fiction book in the early am today and could not open up the book review lens So, I did it in a regular lens. It looks like I was a day late and a dollar short as the saying goes. Ha!

    • rms


  • tonyleather

    Great to see my Seth Godin review included! Thanks!

    • rms

      You’re very welcome.

  • getmoreinfo

    This is an interesting list of books, I will have to check them out.

  • cercis70

    Loved seeing ‘Yes, Chef’ in the list. It’d nice to see biographies like these appreciated.

    • rms

      Thank you for sharing your review.

  • danielandujar

    I personally recommend this book True Strength by Kevin SorBo.

  • skinnerace

    Some treasures unearthed here. Thanks.

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