As 2009 is rapidly drawing to a close, I thought I’d spend this week highlighting some of my favorites of 2009.  The week will begin with my favorite non-fiction books of 2009.


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My Life in France by Julia Child45366203

I love this book, not only as an eater (oh to read some of the descriptions of what Julia and Paul not only cooked, but ate, is truly jaw-dropping) but as a writer as well. Poor Juila and her co-authors went through several renditions (not to mention a couple of publisher) for their tour de force Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Any author who reads her struggles can’t help but feel a kinship.

And – I love Julia’s relationship with her husband Paul. They rocked the love stuff.

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls23658817

If my kids ever complain about their childhood, I am going to hand them a copy of this book. It is amazing the power we have over our own lives.


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So Long, Status Quo: What I Learned from Women Who Changed the World by Susy Flory34403650

Susy is a brave, excellent writer and I dare you not to be inspired to go do something great.



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Celebrations of Discipline by Richard Foster

I read this book every year – but have never written about it on the blog, so I thought I would share what Richard Foster means to me. I have never read anyone who has given so much grace for not being the perfect Christian, yet at the same time can show me the value of a life lived in discipline.

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Halfway to Each Other by Susan Pohlman

This was recommended to me by my agent Rachelle (you can see her list of “best of’s” here) (It’s only fair – I gave her the title of one of my favorite fiction books The Help, which she spotlighted on her list.)

This is the true story of a couple whose marriage is falling apart and in a last ditch effort to avoid divorce, move to Italy and leave their overscheduled, overstressed life in Southern California behind.

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BTW – I am in the middle of a book that I am thoroughly enjoying – The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance – a fuller report when I am done!

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Now – my question for you – what are the best non-fiction books of your 2009. Come on… I have a lot of plane rides this spring and I need some good stuff!

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kathilipp

Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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