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Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.

Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.
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Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.






N4L 075: "Women Rowing North" by Mary Pipher

From Mary Pipher, bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, we now get Women Rowing North, a guide to wisdom and authenticity for women as they age. Cultural therapist Pipher, age 71, understands how women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, grief, and loss. Yet her message is clear and hopeful: most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their very struggles help them let go of stereotypes and grow into authentic, wise, and empathetic...


N4L 074: "Thanks A Thousand" by A.J. Jacobs

On a dare from his son, author A.J. Jacobs set out to thank everyone who contributed to bringing him a cup of coffee. The result is his book, "Thanks A Thousand," and a TEDTalk viewed by more than a million people. Jacobs's "Gratitude Journey," a timely exploration of our interconnectedness, illustrates our need to eschew tribalism and recognize the staggering number of people who make our everyday lives wonderful. 00:15 Intro to A.J. Jacobs, author of Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude...


N4L 073: "God's Hotel" by Dr. Victoria Sweet

Dr. Victoria Sweet intended to stay at Laguna Honda, America's last-standing almshouse, for only a couple months, but she stayed for 20 years! Now, she's captured her stories and observations in her book, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. Today, her experience with the sick poor at Laguna Honda continues to profoundly influence the way she perceives, patients, doctors, hospitals, and medicine. 00:15 Intro to Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s...


N4L 072: Just 3 Digital Sources for Nonfiction Learning

We've taken a departure from nonfiction books to curate "Just 3" digital sources for nonfiction learning. With literally thousands of options, both free and paid, you're sure to find many topics that pique your interest. Here's to a Happy New Year full of learning! 00:20 Point yourself toward the New Year with nonfiction in mind 00:30 Just 3 sources for nonfiction books and learning 00:40 2010 study by Kaiser Family Foundation underscores the importance of nonfiction 01:10 How much...


N4L 071: "Quilt of Souls" by Phyllis Lawson

First-time author Phyllis Lawson tells the story of her black heritage in Quilt of Souls, a memoir of growing up as a child in the South during the 50s. Sent to Alabama at age four to live indefinitely with her maternal grandparents she'd never known, Lawson is one of "grandma's other babies. Fortunately, Grandma Lula's quilts and family stories bring healing. 00:15 Intro to Phyllis Lawson, author of Quilt of Souls 01:15 As one of “grandma’s other babies,” Lawson sent to Alabama to live...


N4L 070: "Learning How to Learn" by Barbara Oakley, PhD, and Terrence Sejnowski, PhD

Engineering professor and bestselling author Barbara Oakley, PhD, with neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski, PhD, bring us a handbook for Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All your Time Studying. This guide is all you need to tackle your least favorite subject in school or take on that class you’ve been dreading. The authors, also co-instructors of the wildly popular online courses “A Mind for Numbers” and “Mindshift,” share techniques that train our brains to...


N4L 069: "Fields of Battle" by Brian Curtis

BRIAN CURTIS, author of FIELDS OF BATTLE: PEARL HARBOR, THE ROSE BOWL, AND THE BOYS WHO WENT TO WAR, captures the true story of the one-and-only Rose Bowl Game played outside of Pasadena, California. The bombing of Pearl Harbor had ripple effects, including in the world of football. But this story goes beyond football. Curtis follows dozens of the players into more fields of battle. We see the WWII theaters turn young athletes into men as they fight with extraordinary valor. Following the...


N4L 068: "Rise" by Cara Brookins

Cara Brookins, author of Rise: How a House Built a Family, breaks the shame of silence common among domestic violence victims. Ten years after she and her four children build a 3500 square-foot house with the help of YouTube videos, Brookins tells what went into the house besides nails, doors, and windows. She also shares the triumphs and lasting love and friendship the family forged through the gritty, hard work of constructing a house while they rise above their past and rebuild their home...


N4L 067: "One Goal" by Amy Bass

Emmy-award winning sportswriter Amy Bass shares One Goal, the story of a high-school soccer team uniting the racially divided town of Lewiston, Maine. With many Somali refugees on the roster, this underdog team wins not one but two state championships! But to reach that level, both the team and the town have to flex in order to accommodate and embrace new talents, skills, religion, passion, and soccer styles. In the process, we see A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town...


N4L 066: "Blended" by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Heather Staker (with co-author Michael Horn), is a practical field guide for implementing blended learning. While grounded in Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation, this dynamic reference book will not be easily outdated. Real-life examples, clear learning models, and sensible advice for all stakeholders implementing blended learning make the book more than just a one-time read. In short, Staker articulates both a...


N4L 065: "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley with Ron Powers

In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley captures the compelling true story not only of his father John Bradley but also of the five other Marines who planted an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima, Japan. These men simply raised a flag to mark their victory. However, with the help of photographer Joe Rosenthal, this particular moment was immortalized forever. Even on the very day of its first printing, The Photograph ignited unprecedented patriotism. Indeed, The Photograph would...


N4L 064: "Garlic and Sapphires" by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reich writes Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, chronicling her six years as a famous food critic. After a stint in L.A., Reichl is delighted to return to her New York roots and even to some of the same places she frequented as a child. To go to eateries undetected, over time, she develops six different disguises that take on their own personalities and personal histories. Using these costumes, Reichl is able to go to restaurants incognito. Her very...


N4L 063: "The Good Neighbor" by Maxwell King

Maxwell King brings us The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, the first full-length biography of American's unique and enduring icon. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Rogers' program that changed the face of children's television and influenced tens of millions of children, reaches its 5oth anniversary. Now, beginning with Rogers' childhood, King captures his life of kindness, compassion, and authenticity by drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents....


N4L 062: "Thanks for the Feedback" by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

Authors Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen teach skills for receiving feedback in their book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Subtitled Even When It Is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and, Frankly, You're Not in the Mood, the book strikes at the heart of why getting feedback can be uncomfortable, awkward, and even painful. Stone and Heen hit the troubles and triggers that surround the skills we need to accept opinions and advice from others. 00:15...


N4L 061: "How We Did It" by Karl Subban and Scott Colby

From 30 years of coaching, teaching, and parenting, Karl Subban knows how to ignite potential in young people. He captures his strategies in How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life. In the backyard and the schoolyard, Subban has spent his life encouraging kids to dream big, set goals, and accomplish great things. 00:15 Intro to Karl Subban – author, coach, teacher, and parent 00:55 Intro to the five accomplished Subban children 01:20 How Karl’s dreams morph...


N4L 060: "How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick" by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

At age 70, Letty Cottin Pogrebin felt fit as a fiddle on the fateful day she walked three miles to her routine mammogram. A founding editor of Ms. (magazine) and women's rights activist, she had energy and to spare until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Facing six weeks of radiation treatment, she was now obligated to join others in the waiting room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City. So, putting on her journalist hat, she began interviewing fellow patients. The result? How to...


N4L 059: "What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew" by Dr. Sharon Saline

Dr. Sharon Saline, licensed clinical psychologist and top ADHD expert, draws on her 25 years of expertise to offer her insightful and practical book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. After listening carefully to ADHD kids express emotions, successes, and motivations, Saline knows how to share proven models of strength-based parenting and attentive awareness. Full of useful exercise and easy-to-remember techniques, the book...


N4L 058: "Editor's Picks - Personal Development"

Janet shares Just 3 books in the "Personal Development" category to help improve yourself and your life. She also announces "Recommendations," a brand-new feature on Nonfiction4Life podcasts. 00:20 Another episode of “Editor’s Picks” from the “Personal Development” category 00:25 Two other EP episodes (#20-Home & Family; #47-Biographies & Memoirs) 00:40 N4L adding “Recommendations” to the podcast; stay tuned to the end! 01:10 Just 3 Personal Development books 01:40 1st book: How Will...


N4L 057: "All Is Fair in Love and Sales" by Chris Singleton

On his own from age 13, Chris Singleton had to fight to survive. Channeling all his youthful grit, determination, and perseverance into becoming a nationally recognized top salesman, he captures lessons learned in his bestselling book, All Is Fair in Love and Sales: Six Steps to Sales Success. Listen to his personal story of overcoming difficult challenges and how he lives to help others succeed. 00:15 Invitation to add to Janet’s 56 Birthday List 01:15 Intro to Chris Singleton 01:35...


N4L 056: Janet Loves Books!

Nonfiction4Life Host & Founder Janet Perry celebrates her 56th birthday along with the posting of the 56th episode. She shares her story of falling in love...with learning! Connecting words to books and books to ideas, she takes listeners along her journey and explains how she chose to become a podcaster of nonfiction books. She also invites all to subscribe to the email list so she can share a gift with them--"Janet's List of 56 Things"--that includes book lists, apps, movies, and other...