Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Author: Matt Haig Genre: Self-Help Reviewed by: Stephen Kelly Branch: Newbridge Library Age Range: Adults Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on… Continue reading Notes on a Nervous Planet

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The Battle

Author: Paul O’Connell Review by : Brian Connellan, Athy Library Paul O’Connell is one of Ireland’s most admired rugby players, and he was fortunate enough to be playing at a time when the potential of both Ireland and Munster seemed limitless. While what we get here is a description of that amazing time in Irish… Continue reading The Battle

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The School of Life: An Emotional Education

Author: Alain de Botton Review by: Richie, Naas Library  With so much home-schooling taking place around the country it might be refreshing for some parents to hear about a school that prioritises the subject of ‘Life’ over Maths, Science, Geography and all the rest. The School of Life is an educational organisation run by a… Continue reading The School of Life: An Emotional Education

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The Choice

Author: Edith Eger Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla Surviving the holocaust has been a blessing as well as a curse for the author. Immediate moments of relief and gratitude of being found don’t last for long. She was discovered withering with books in a forest near a concentration camp.  Survivors guilt and horrendous flashbacks… Continue reading The Choice

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When the Hangman came to Galway

Author: Dean Ruxton Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla This book starts off praising James Berry, the infamous executioner in the 1880’s. He was earmarked as being outstanding in his field of work. He took his job seriously and was methodical and meticulous in his planning of executions. His grandeur reputation made him well sought… Continue reading When the Hangman came to Galway

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Bold, Brilliant and Bad

Author: Marian Broderick Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla Irish women are known to be formidable and this book confirms it. This book is a riveting account of women who were brave enough to pave the way for others. The timeline spans from the earliest of records of Irish women to the present day. Often… Continue reading Bold, Brilliant and Bad

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People Like Me

Author: Lynn Ruane Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla Lynn Ruane has no airs or graces about her. She has her feet firmly on the ground. However, this has not always been the case. Lynn has had many turbulent times in the past. Her loving mother and gentle father could not shelter her from the… Continue reading People Like Me

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The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

Author: Anders Rydell Review by: Elaine, Newbridge Library While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime. Through extensive new research that included records saved by the Monuments Men themselves—Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book… Continue reading The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

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Chicken Soup For The Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy

Author: Deborah Norville and Amy Newmark Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge library This book is part of the hugely successful Chicken Soup For The Soul series. The series started in 1993, created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Since 2008, the brand has been in the caring, capable hands of Amy Newmark. Several Chicken Soup… Continue reading Chicken Soup For The Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy

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This Changes Everything

Author: Naomi Klein Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Orla We have often been told that there is only a small window to change the way we are treating the planet. That window is rapidly shrinking. Naomi Klein examines how capitalism is the result of reckless behaviour of people in power. A limited number of pockets… Continue reading This Changes Everything