Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

Non-fiction

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Book Number: 
716
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Al Franken
Total Pages: 
396
Publisher: 
Hachette Book Group
Year: 
2017

Al Franken, Harvard College grad, received his “doctorate in right-wing megalomania studies from Trump University.” He has represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate since 2009. This gift book was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

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Book Number: 
706
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
212
Publisher: 
Workman Publishing
Year: 
2011

Jennifer S. Holland, a science and nature journalist, is a senior writer for National Geographic magazine who specializes in life science and natural history (reptilian, mammalian, avian, amoebic). This book was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

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The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

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Book Number: 
689
Date Fred Read: 
January 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Diane Ackerman
Total Pages: 
310
Publisher: 
Headline
Year: 
2014

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. This is a book I was wise enough to give to myself.  Read more

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This Is NPR: The First Forty Years

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Book Number: 
677
Date Fred Read: 
November 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Cokie Roberts
Author: 
Susan Stamberg
Author: 
Noah Adams
Total Pages: 
256
Publisher: 
Chronicle Books
Year: 
2010

This gift book has four more authors and many contributors, plus a general CD and 4 timely CDs – for the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s. They give historical highlights in mostly short (1-2 pp texts plus 1 or more pp photos) segments - a delight to those who love NPR’s ground-breaking radio style.  Read more

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The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny

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Book Number: 
664
Date Fred Read: 
August 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Peter McGraw
Author: 
Joel Warner
Total Pages: 
212
Publisher: 
Simon and Schuster
Year: 
2014

Peter McGraw, a professor at the Univ. of Colorado Boulder, directs the Humor Research Lab (HuRL). Joel Warner is a journalist and former staff writer for Westword, Denver’s alternative newsweekly. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

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Book Number: 
656
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Randall Munroe
Total Pages: 
55
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Year: 
2015

Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of the #1 NYT bestseller What If?, has created an oversize (9”x13”x0.6”) book: a series of brilliantly (and simply) annotated blueprints that explain many things from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pens. (This was a gift book - from me to my son.)  Read more

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Wisdom for the New Millennium

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Book Number: 
655
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Helen Exley
Total Pages: 
136
Publisher: 
Exley Publications
Year: 
1999

Wisdom for the New Millennium (selected for Hallmark by Helen Exley) contains some of the wisest words ever written about the most important human values - kindness, perseverance, hope and courage. It helps us to take the best values of the past with us into the future.  Read more

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The Children’s Blizzard

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Book Number: 
639
Date Fred Read: 
February 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
David Laskin
Total Pages: 
271
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2005

David Laskin was educated at Harvard College and New College, Oxford. For the past 25 years, he has written books and articles on subjects including history, weather, travel, gardens and the natural world. His most recent book, The Children's Blizzard, won the Washington State Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award for Nonfiction.  Read more

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Leave No Trace: The Vanishing North American Wilderness

Book Number: 
621
Date Fred Read: 
August 2015
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Jim Wark
Author: 
Roderick F. Nash
Total Pages: 
240
Publisher: 
Universe Publishing
Year: 
2011

Jim Wark (aerial photos) has captured more diverse and beautiful aerial landscapes of North America’s wild areas than any photographer in his field. Roderick F. Nash (essays) is considered America’s foremost wilderness historian.  Read more

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt-sander Races, Blind Woodworkers & Baseball Bats

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Book Number: 
619
Date Fred Read: 
July 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Spike Carlsen
Total Pages: 
358
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2009

Spike Carlsen is an editor, author, carpenter, and woodworker, who has been immersed in the world of wood and woodworking for over 30 years. He is also projects editor for Backyard Living, where he has a bimonthly column. This was a gift book.  Read more

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