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🌟Review Snippet🌟 Capote is the nosy neighbor peeking through the window, the typographer in the courtroom, the wary man in the diner, and more. He is all of these things because he acts as the omniscient observer, leading us along on the set up, the murders, the investigation, the getaway, and the trial and aftermath. Capote’s ability to completely remove himself from the narrative while still guiding the reader is a fantastic feat that I feel like I don’t see enough of in contemporary nonfiction. Want to read the full review? Click the link in my bio! Otherwise, keep reading for a synopsis below ⬇️


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⠀ 📝Snyopsis📝 Capote tells the story in exacting detail of the murders of the Clutter family’s savage murder. On the night of November 15th, 1959 the Clutter home was invaded, savagely murdered, and the worst part? There appeared to be no motive for the crime whatsoever. In fact, many valuables and money remained within the home. ⠀
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🌟Review🌟 One of my favorite, and perhaps the most unique aspects of the book, is the fact that Voigt is an outsider to the fish world. Many (not all) people who write single-topic narrative non-fiction usually have at least some experience and knowledge of their subject. However, Voigt did not…except for a failed tenure with a goldfish in childhood.  This made me relate to her as a writer in a really unique way because as she scheduled trips, had breakthroughs, came so close (and then so far) to seeing a wild arowana, and all the other little excitements along the way I felt as if I was right there with her experiencing all these firsts and wins and losses. Want to learn more? Click the link in my bio for the full review! Or, keep reading for a synopsis below ⬇️


What is the most fascinating non fiction book you’ve read in 2018? What nonfiction book do you suggest to readers who “don’t like nonfiction” (I’m of the mind that those who don’t enjoy nonfiction just haven’t found the right book yet!)

📝Snyopsis📝 The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of the world’s most coveted fish: the Asian Arowana. This fish is a status symbol, a sign of good luck, lives in an exotic locale, and, as the author puts it “a dramatic example of a modern paradox: the mass-produced endangered species.”
We learn all about the arowana’s history from various players in the fish world – from scientists to a trendy business owner. And author Emily Voigt travels from nearby her apartment in the South Bronx all the way to the farthest and most remote rivers in Borneo and beyond. ⠀
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AH. I am so excited about this non-fiction book. It’s one of my favorite moments as a reader when I am truly and completely riveted by something I never thought I’d be so passionate about. This time it was Arowana. It’s called The Dragon Behind the Glass and I can’t wait to share my review with you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What was the last nonfiction book you couldn’t put down?
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I finished The Hidden Life of Trees last night. 🌳🌲 It was definitely not an “exciting” read, although there were some very WOW learning moments about how trees communicate with each other and the ways they survive. It was incredibly educational and interesting. .
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I can see why some scientists and researchers dislike the writing style that implies that trees are sentient beings who “know” what they’re doing and act strategically, when it could all be instinct and natural cause and effect. HOWEVER, I loved how accessible the information was for a non-expert like me, and I think in this case the end justifies the means because the more people who read this book, the greater appreciation and understanding the world will have for trees, undisturbed forests, and the need to protect both if we want to maintain a good quality of life on this planet 🌎 🌍 🌏. Besides...nobody REALLY knows how trees “know” all these things. There’s still much studying to be done. .
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Regardless, this book makes me want to hug a tree. So, it was successful in that regard! ☺️🌲💖
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I’m LOVING this book! (Rising Strong by Brené Brown) 💪📖 .
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🙋‍♀️I’ve always struggled with ignoring my needs in order to be low-maintenance for other people, and this chapter really showed me how dangerous that is. It usually leads to resentment and nothing good comes from resentment! .
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She writes, “...the most compassionate people also have the most well-defined and well-respected boundaries. They assume that other people are doing the best they can, but they also ask for what they need and don’t put up with a lot of crap.” Brown shares, “I lived the opposite way: I assumed that people weren’t doing their best so I judged them and constantly fought being disappointed, which was easier than setting boundaries. Boundaries are hard when you want to be liked and when you are a pleaser hell-bent on being easy, fun, and flexible. ... 👉Compassionate people are compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.” 👈 ❣️💡❣️💡❣️
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I am learning so much from this book. Changing your thought patterns and emotional responses is SO much easier said than done, but I love how she illustrates the path and shows how important it is to try. 💪🤨💖
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After the emotional workout I just got with East of Eden, I thought a little Brené Brown is in order to help set my perspective square and inspire me to face the parts of myself that aren’t my favorite. As @mistyreads and I discussed, I’m not even going to bother highlighting the profound passages because I know I’ll just end up with fully-yellow pages! 😅 Here I go! 🏊‍♀️💦
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“We have to reform a system of criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they are rich and guilty than if they are poor and innocent.”
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“Constantly being suspected, accused, watched, doubted, distrusted, presumed guilty, and even feared is a burden borne by people of color that can’t be understood or confronted without a deeper conversation about our history of racial injustice.”
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This book is so important. Especially for people like me — white, middle-class, Midwestern Americans who cannot relate to the realities of the people in this book. I never want to stop trying to understand, even if I can’t fully relate. This book has opened my eyes wider to problems with our justice system, problems with our broken human condition, but also the amazing work that good people are doing to fix the broken parts one piece at a time. .
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If you want to see more than you did before, read this book or check out the Equal Justice Initiative at @eji_org or www.eji.org. ⚖️
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“... we would never think it was humane to pay someone to rape people convicted of rape or assault and abuse someone guilty of assault or abuse. Yet we are comfortable killing people who kill, in part because we think we can do it in a manner that doesn’t implicate our own humanity, the way that raping or abusing someone would.” .
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This book is so painful to read, but so important. Honestly, I hadn’t really leaned one way or another on this issue before, but that’s because I didn’t know much about it beyond movies. I don’t know anyone on death row, and it’s much easier to be ambivalent when you can’t personally relate somehow. Before reading this book, I hadn’t realized in how many places our justice system is so incredibly broken. How often poor people who can’t afford quality legal representation are sentenced to death, especially in areas with strong racial prejudice and in counties where judges are elected based on a record of being “tough on crime.” It’s a hopeless feeling. .
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I don’t know how I can possibly make a positive difference for those who are affected by these types of unjust situations, so for now I’m just sharing this here. Even if it just convinces one person to look into the issue further for themselves, maybe somehow it will help. ⚖️
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I hate having the feeling that I am being ironic, but I chose this book as my next read because February is Black History Month here in the States. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, but I also know it’s one of those books that challenges your comfort and ignorance and complacency. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t always find the motivation on my own to start a book like that when I have happy novels smiling at me from my TBR shelf (Newton’s First Law), so I’m using the external push of Black History Month to step into the discomfort of harsh truth. Because I know it’s necessary. .
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I’ve only read the introduction so far and I am already feeling the pull of how important this book is (and how uncomfortable it will make me as it shines light on realities I’ve been ignorant of). .
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“You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close.” - Bryan’s grandmother // “This book is about getting closer to mass incarceration and extreme punishment in America. It is about how easily we condemn people in this country and the injustice we create when we allow fear, anger, and distance to shape the way we treat the most vulnerable among us.”
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“Presumptions of guilt, poverty, racial bias, and a host of other social, structural, and political dynamics have created a system that is defined by error, a system in which thousands of innocent people now suffer in prison.”
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“The true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality can not be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” .
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“We all need mercy, we all need justice...” “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” .
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I have three chapters left in this book and I’m glad I’m reading it. He has a perspective that’s different than most of the other “self-help-y” books I’ve read, which is refreshing. And it makes sense, which is inspiring. ✨💡✨ Also, I tried to channel this wisdom when my pants split today and my replacement pants were too tight to button. 🙈🤷🏼‍♀️🤣🐡 I’d recommend this book for sure. (As long as you don’t mind a few F-💣’s) .
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I came across this article in Smithsonian magazine about Martin Luther King’s last days in Memphis, TN for the sanitation workers strike. Coincidentally, today is his birthday and I thought I’d share it in his memory, to help shine one more light on the need for equality that he lived (and died) for. I will never know firsthand, but I will never stop trying to learn and understand. It’s incredible that the hopefulness of his last speech (swipe to pic 4 👉) still has so much power, even this many years later. ⛰ .
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Living in DC this year has been pretty insane. But I am grateful that I was able to march, and be part of something so much bigger than myself. Even more grateful to have this keepsake.

“You have to attack the source of your enemy’s strength. In America’s case, that’s not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. The only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.”
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“The war in Afghanistan was, and continues to be, bloody and destructive; most of all on those who deserve it least — the innocent civilians who only wish to make a wage and live a decent life with their families. Central Asia Institute’s projects provide a good alternative to the education offered in many of the radicalized madrassas from where the Taliban sprung forth with their so-called ‘fundamental Islamacism.’ What can be better than a future world made safe for us all by education?”
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“We fought with Americans, here in these mountains, against the Russians. And though we heard many promises, they never returned to help us when the dying was done. ... Every rock, every boulder you see before you is one of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting the Russians and the Taliban. Now we must make their sacrifice worthwhile. We must turn these stones into schools.” .
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This book is necessary. I never realized the impact that education — especially for girls — can have on terrorism. Where there is a lack of balanced education at the foundation of society to provide for a future, families will accept shelter and ‘education’ from radical terrorist groups who are happy to recruit fighters in this way. And they accept the message of hatred against the West because we are not proving them wrong. I don’t know Greg Mortenson, and I’m sure there’s more to him than just ‘hero,’ but the great strides he has made are incredible. If you want to be inspired and to have your eyes opened wider, read this book. And remember that the countries we learn to fear are filled with people, not just politicians. #openeyesopenheart 🇦🇫🇵🇰🇺🇸
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“In times of war, you often hear leaders — Christian, Jewish, and Muslim — saying, ‘God is on our side.’ But that isn’t true. In war, God is on the side of refugees, widows, and orphans.” - Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea
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This book has been eye-opening for me, but it’s also given me more questions. It’s encouraged and frustrated me, left me with more hope from seeing the impact one person can make, and yet feeling hopeless that humanity as a species will ever really change. .
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I suppose that’s just the way it works, though. There will always be politicians motivated by selfishness that make war on other countries, and there will always be innocent people caught in the crossfire who need help. As much as we like to talk about world peace, there is too much deep-seated conflict for that to be realistic. Humanity’s flawed human nature ends up destroying the optimistic potential of long-term resolution. There are bright lights in the dark, and brief moments of calm, but it never lasts. (So it goes.) .
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But, that doesn’t mean we stop doing good just because it’ll never be good enough. It still makes a difference to someone, somewhere, even if it doesn’t change everything, everywhere, forever. I’m old enough to know we can’t fix the world, but we can help make it better. 🖋
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I read the introduction this morning and I am so curious to find out more about the character and story of Greg Mortenson. It sounds like he has a list of detractors nearly as long as his list of fans... .
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“Many people, particularly in America, have turned on Mortenson, calling him ‘unreliable’ or worse. [...] After I agreed to write this book, he handed me a page of notepaper with dozens of names and numbers printed densely down the margin in tiny script. It was a list of his enemies. ‘Talk to them all,’ he said. ‘Let them have their say. We’ve got the results, that’s all I care about.’” .
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Yet, he has made such a positive impact on so many. ... “In a part of the world where Americans are, at best, misunderstood, and more often feared and loathed, this soft-spoken, six-foot-four former mountaineer from Montana has put together a string of improbable successes. Though he would never say so himself, he has single-handedly changed the lives of tens of thousands of children, and independently won more hearts and minds than all the official American propaganda flooding the region.” .
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I am so intrigued. 🧐 And I have to say, it’s refreshing when imperfect people can still be praised for accomplishing amazing things. We love to idolize people who do good, but it’s important to remember that even those who do good can have glaring flaws and negative aspects too. So, I’m in! I can’t wait to read this story of an imperfect hero who has brought together an unlikely collection of people (including former Taliban fighters) and travel vicariously thru Afghanistan and Pakistan as he builds schools for their uneducated children. .
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“If we Americans are to learn from our mistakes, from the flailing ineffective way we, as a nation, conducted the war on terror after the attacks of 9/11, and from the way we have failed to make our case to the great moderate mass of peace-loving people at the heart of the Muslim world, we need to listen to Greg Mortenson. I did, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” - David Oliver Relin
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I’m all ears! 👂🏻(well, and eyes...👀) .
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Side note: swipe to see a happy porter/guide... (👇🏻 cont. in comments)

Next up: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ☕️☕️☕️ My Gramie actually recommended this one to me a long time ago, and it stood out on my #tbr shelf as I was searching for my next read. .
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“Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan), we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything — even die.” 🏔 The book is described as “one man’s mission to promote peace...one school at a time.”
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Has anyone read this one? .
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I’ve been reading a lot of WWII books lately, so today, on Veterans Day, it’s easy to appreciate the sacrifice of those who served and defended our country. 🇺🇸 I read Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest Generation” many years ago,but I remember being so moved by their stories. It takes a great person to willingly march toward what the rest of us want to hide from, so I want to add my voice to the chorus of Thank You’s for all those who have served, in every generation. I hope we can be worthy of your sacrifices. ❤️💙 .
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I finished Was God On Vacation? tonight. It’s the incredible story of a Dutch man who survived Buchenwald death camp and the horrors of WWII. As difficult as these stories are to read, we must not forget what people are capable of - both evil and good. It’s crazy to think that the last members of that generation are quickly disappearing now. I hope that the future generations continue to read stories like this one so that their memories and sacrifices live on. May we always remember that great evil still exists, and may we always be brave enough to resist it. .
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Starting “Was God On Vacation?” for #nonfictionnovember and because I’m excited to read the book 💖he💖 wanted to share with me. I love connecting over loved books. .
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Favorite: he gifted me this book because it made such an impact on him and he wanted to share it with me. (I LOVE THAT) It's actually out of print, so it's even more of a treasure. Connecting through the things that spark something in each other is my favorite form of exploring. Best birthday present! 🎁❤️ I love history and accounts of WWII, the courage and determination amidst all the horror and twisted philosophy. It's like a nightmare that the world fought to wake up from. Even though the subject matter is difficult, I'm really looking forward to reading this one, both for the story and for sharing the experience with my Love. .
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