Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 364 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I had no idea until I saw this book that Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym, so curiosity made me pick up Girl Sleuth to see who was behind a series I often read when I was younger. Synopsis: While the […]

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 296 pages, 2004 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: It caught my eye on’s best of 2004 list. Synopsis: Experts are experts because they’re smarter than the average random crowd walking down the street, right? Maybe not. Surowiecki sets out to prove that as long as certain conditions […]

Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities by Jeffrey S. Rosenthal

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 258 pages, 2005 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I love seemingly strange coincidences, so why not find out how strange they really are? Synopsis: You’re playing poker and can’t decide whether to stay in or fold; or maybe you’re wondering how impressed you should really by be the latest medical report; […]

Before You Quit Your Job by Robert Kiyosaki

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 259 pages, 2005 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I’m playing catch-up on everything to do with business and finance after years of English courses. Synopsis: Tired of feeling like you do all the work while your boss reaps all of the benefits? Maybe it’s time to consider starting your own business. […]

Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich by Lois P. Frankel

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 288 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’m pretty sure expanding my shoe collection as often as possible does not, alas, really count as ‘investing.’ Synopsis: Don’t be fooled by the book’s title – Frankel’s goal is to help you find your way to financial independence for life, not to […]

Mistress Bradstreet by Charlotte Gordon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 337 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I have a weakness for biographies about authors. Synopsis: Mistress Bradstreet is a biography of Anne Bradstreet, a Puritan that moved to America with her family at the age of eighteen, just a decade after the Pilgrims first arrived in the early 17th […]

Edward S. Curtis: The Women by Christopher Cardozo

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 128 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I love having gorgeous photograph collections around to randomly browse through when the mood strikes. Synopsis: The Women is a collection of one hundred photographs focusing on the Native American women of more than eighty tribes (culled from what Cardozo believes may have […]

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 257 pages, 2004 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve been hearing all of the hoopla about Sedaris for at least a few years, but never got around to reading him until now. Synopsis: Dress Your Family is a collection of twenty-two humourous essays about Sedaris’ everyday life experiences […]

The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book by Erika Dillman

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 178 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: It’s always nice to have some variety in your exercise routines. Synopsis: Dillman begins the book by outlining the facts of exercise, eating habits, and weight loss. From there, she moves into four illustrated workouts, each getting progressively more challenging. Each individual exercise […]