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The Nonfiction 5 Challenge is designed to encourage readers to stretch themselves in the non-fiction genre.  The idea is to read 5 books in 5 months.  I enjoy nonfiction, but really feel like I don't read enough of it, somewhat driven off an irrational fear that nonfiction will be sleep-inducing.  Of course, good nonfiction is just as gripping as fiction!  So this challenge will help me overcome my irrational fear and learn something, too.

Read (with links to reviews)
1. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad (completed 5/12/2007)
     Why:  general fascination with middle eastern culture right now
2.  Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela  (completed 6/8/2007)
     Why:  I always wanted to learn more about him
3.  Lucky, by Alice Sebold (completed 7/3/2007)
     Why:  looks like a compelling read
4.  Watching the English, by Kate Fox (completed 8/7/2007)
     Why:  I lived in England 4 years and think this would resonate
5.  Rumspringa: To be or not to be Amish, by Tom Shachtman (completed 9/82007)
      Why:  I live right on the edge of Amish communities in Southeastern PA and would like to better understand their way of life



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Mar. 20th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hi Laura! Welcome to the Non-Fiction Five Challenge! LOL on your irrational fear! I hope this challenge will cure you. :) I recognize two of your choices, but hope you enjoy them all! Happy Reading! Joy
Mar. 25th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
An interesting list. I will look forward to your reviews.

Kevin S
Encyclopedia Kevinannica (http://www.kevinstilley.com/2007/03/thousands-of-dollars-in-free-books.html)
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