Reviews by Category: Nonfiction

Teen Review
What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About ed. by Michele Filgate

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

By Michele Filgate
Rated by
Iqra N.
Jan 23, 2023

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About is a series of essays written by those who feel
certain feelings towards their mothers, whether their estranged or close, all essays convey
different emotions. Many are about their mothers’ pasts, while others are about their mothers’
not being there when their children needed them. Many are long, while others are short. The
essays are deeply personal but let the reader have a small glimpse into the writers’ lives. A

Teen Review
the diversity of life by edward o. wilson

The Diversity of Life

By Edward O. Wilson
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Sep 30, 2022

The Diversity of Life is a nonfiction biology book written by Edward O.
Wilson. This book explains world living species and how they become diverse. This
also explains how we impact them as people, and what we can do to prevent this.
These are examined massive species extinction caused by human activities
during the 20th century, and how we can alter them. Edward O. Wilson explains in
this book about the unity and the diversity of species. The author of this book

Teen Review
The Immortal Like of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
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Aug 10, 2022

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a nonfiction novel by Rebecca Skloot. The HeLa cells
were used for many medical advancements, such as the polio vaccine and cancer research, but
the family of the woman who gave those cells didn’t learn the truth of what happened with
herself until many years later. Rebecca Skloot documents the life of Henrietta Lacks, the story
of her cells and the life of the Lacks family after learning the story of Henrietta’s cells.

Staff Review Jun 23, 2022

A valuable, necessary, and accessible book. Kiely has an easy-going manner and presents ideas that could be abstract, academic theory through relatable anecdotes and stories, more often than not about himself when he was a teenager. It reads quickly and directly addresses young white readers without confrontation or shaming, encouraging listening, empathy, and a sense of responsibility (instead of guilt). Highly recommended.

Teen Review


By Laura Hillenbrand
Rated by
Anna S.
Jun 10, 2022

Louis Zamperini was a runner, a captive, and a fighter. Louie grew up causing problems, so he picked up a hobby of running. Soon this hobby spiraled into a possible career. Louie continued his life as a runner and became very talented in this field. Then WW2 broke out. Louie went out to fight for the United States, until disaster struck. His plane crashed. Louie became helpless and hopeless, while floating in the middle of the ocean. Louie and Phil, who was with him, were found, but were they found by their friends or enemies.


Teen Review
Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

By Susannah Cahalan
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Jun 8, 2022

Brain of Fire is a book that follows Susannah as she battles through an invisible disease that is brushed off at first, but proves to be life threatening as a result of the ignorance. When nobody believes her, Susannah is led to believe she has gone crazy. With the support of her boyfriend, and the doctor who believed her every word and was determined to help her, Susannah managed to remain motivated to battle through arguably the toughest phase of her life.

Teen Review
And We Still Rise by Miles Corwin

And We Still Rise

By Miles Corwin
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May 27, 2022

And We Still Rise leaves reader more knowledgeable on the current disparities of the US education system along with the desire to learn more about it. The author follows 12 students at Crenshaw in California as they lead a tremulous life balancing trauma, financial issues, and education. Although the book is meant to be centered around all 12 students, it fails to dedicate equal importance to each one. The author focuses too much on certain students and even teachers, while mostly forgetting about the rest.

Teen Review
Zodiac Unmasked by Robert Graysmith

Zodiac Unmasked

By Robert Graysmith
Rated by
Eva K.
May 16, 2022

The Zodiac Unmasked is a true crime documentary type of book. This book is more on the informational side since it gives all the facts, data and research that went into the investigation for the zodiac killer. This book is good for anyone who is trying to learn more about true crime and all the work and process that goes into catching these killers. Since the book is more on the informational side it can be a harder read but nonetheless it is a good book.

Teen Review
Night by Elie Wiesel


By Elie Wiesel
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May 4, 2022

Night is a non-fiction memoir book written by Elie Wiesel. The book is about how Jews were treated by the Nazis in concentration camps while they were being persecuted. The main characters are Elie and his father. He and his father want to escape the camps while they endure hard labor but the Nazis won’t let the Jews escape. Elie tries to survive the time through the winter in the camp by not running out of food or water during the journey.

Teen Review
Shameful Flight by Stanley Wolpert

Shameful Flight

By Stanley Wolpert
Rated by
Paranjay S.
May 3, 2022

In Shameful Flight, Wolpert analyzes the British exit of India and the permanent effects it had on society. His book follows the various political figures that were key in the partition such as Nehru, Jinnah, Atlee, and Mountbatten. The book shows the process of the partition and focuses the blame on Mountbatten, who in his haste, left India with no unity and arbitrary boundaries.

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