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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