Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

This Week's Spotlight:
by Willie and Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach

Faith. Family. Ducks—in that order. This book gives readers an up-close and personal, behind-the-scenes look at the family in the exploding A&E show—Duck Dynasty. This Louisiana bayou family operates Duck Commander, a booming family business that has made them millions. You’ll hear all about the Robertson clan from Willie and what it was like growing up in the Robertson household. You’ll sample some of Willie’s favorite family recipes from Phil, Kay, and even some of his own concoctions; and you’ll get to know the beautiful Robertson women. You’ll hear from Korie about the joys and hardships of raising a family, running a business, and wrangling the Robertson men while staying fashionable and beautiful inside and out. Discover more about the family dynamics between brothers Willie, Jase, Jep, and parents Phil and Kay. You’ll even meet a fourth brother who isn’t in the show.

The popularity of Duck Dynasty is skyrocketing, garnering a Wednesday-night top two finish in all of cable. The book releases in time for season two of the show in October 2012

by Cheryl Strayed

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

by Jaycee Dugard

In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen.
For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse.

For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.

On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.

A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

Top 5 Nonfiction: 
  1. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
  2. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
  4. COOKED, by Michael Pollan
  5. DAD IS FAT, by Jim Gaffigan

  1. CONTROL, by Glenn Beck and others
  2. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
  3. WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
  4. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, by Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson
  5. AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

  1. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
  3. WAITING TO BE HEARD, by Amanda Knox
  4. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
  5. A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard
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