Michael’s Spring Nonfiction Reads!

Patricia and I focus so much on fiction on this blog — so it’s a good thing we have a new digital services librarian, Michael, who selects for the library’s nonfiction collection in addition to offering his digital wizardry skills! We asked him to come up with some of the new nonfiction titles he is most excited for this Spring, and here are his picks:


Bringing Mulligan HomeBringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War, by Dale Maharidge

Author Dale Maharidge had always wondered why his father was such an angry man. After his father’s death, he embarked on a quest to find out what life was like for his dad as a soldier in the Pacific theatre, during World War II. This resulting memoir details his journey and discoveries.


Terror CourtsTerror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, by Jess Bravin

Written by the Wall Street Journal’s Supreme Court correspondent, this book promises to untangle the confusion – and illuminate the moral, ethical and legal issues – surrounding the unprecedented practice of detaining and trying suspects in a parallel military justice system at Guantanamo Bay.


BanishedBanished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, by Lauren Drain

You’ve likely heard of the Westboro Bapist Church, known for its confrontational picketing of soldier’s funerals, anti-gay demonstrations, and other extreme fundamentalist actions and beliefs. In this memoir, the author describes being sucked into this strange world, and then being kicked out years later, when she begins to question the church’s tactics and convictions.


Paris to the PyreneesParis to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James, by David Downie

Arm-chair travel is always fun, and this walk across France sounds particularly appealing. Following Roman roads and ancient paths, the author traverses the French part of the El Camino de Santiago del Compostela (The Way) toward the sanctuary of Saint James.


Serving VictoriaServing Victoria: Life in the Royal Household, by Kate Hubbard

The Upstairs DownstairsDownton Abbey treatment is applied to the household of Queen Victoria in this historical review of six members of her serving staff. Through the eyes of the less privileged, we get to see the behaviour and attitudes of the woman who defined her age.



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