GroundBreaking Reads - NonFiction


Ground Breaking Reads:

 Programming to Promote Participation

Prompts for Writing and Facebook


5 Writing Prompts

1. Everyone remembers a groundbreaking moment in their lives. What was yours?


2. Before you break your own ground, make a “bucket list” of ten items.


3.  Plan a dream garden of your favorite flowers, vegetables and herbs.


4. Where is your favorite place on the planet? If you have never visited, why do you want to go there? If you have been there, what sticks in your memory most?


5. Think of a book that changed your perspective somehow. Which book is it and what was the change?


10 Facebook Status Updates


1. What’s your favorite book with ‘break’ in the title?


2. Who in your life inspired you to do something you’ve never before considered?


3. Have you ever broken something you wished you could repair?


4. What’s the last book that kept you up past bedtime?


5. If you could invent anything, what would it be?


6. Which book have you read lately that you didn’t like? It’s okay to tell us, we’re librarians. J


7.  Dig into your past and fine a groundbreaking relative? Who is it and what did this person do?


8. If you could have dinner with one inventor/explorer/innovator who would it be and what’s for dinner?


9. Is there a ground breaking technology you can’t live without? What did you do before you had it?


10. Have you ever experienced an earthquake/hurricane/tornado? What do you remember most about it?

Other Suggested Reading Not in the Manual

Debut Novels

The Effects of Light by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Breaking Laws, Making History

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

True Crime by Andrew Klavan

In Broad Daylight by Harry MacLean

True Crime, New Jersey: The State’s Most Notorious Criminal Cases by Patricia Martinelli

True Stories of C.S.I. by Katherine Ramsland

American Dustbowl

Whose Names are Unknown by Sanora Babb

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Big Wheat by Richard A. Thompson

The Good Earth

Last of the Curlews by Fred Bodsworth

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Anthill by Edward O. Wilson

Groundbreakers: Ordinary People

Elvis is Titanic by Ian Klaus

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

American Shaolin by Matthew Polley     

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Book and Film programs


Read ‘n Watch: 5 Book/Movie Pairings

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Grapes of Wrath

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and Capote

Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and Maltese Falcon

Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn and Coal Miner’s Daughter

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera and Frida


Just Push Play:

5 other films


Citizen Kane

Mountains of the Moon

The Social Network

Get Low


5 Documentaries

An Inconvenient Truth

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The Future of Food

Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time


305.42 FRI   The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

301.451 GRI   Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
100 PIR Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert Pirsig.

303.4 DIA  Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies  by Jared Diamond
LP 646.78 CHA  5 Languages of Love by Gary Chapman.
949.207 HIR  Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 
364.1523 CAP  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
305.568 WOL The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe.
305.42 SCH   Women's Reality by Anne Wilson Schaef
153.83 ARI  Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely.

974.7 MCB The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother / James McBride.

363.7384 CAR   Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
LP 153.44 GLA Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
158.1 DYE   Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne W. Dyer.

305.896 CLE  Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver.
394.12 POL Omnivore's Dilemna by Michael Pollan.
Everything Bad is Good for You
Hero's Journey
Art Spiegelman's Maus I & II
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The World Is Flat
Listening to Prozac
Fast Food Nation
Walden ; And, Civil Disobedience
Three lives, by Gertrude Stein;
Native Son
Woman Warrior
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Death, the high cost of living


Fiction - to be moved to other sheet

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Whte Teeth by Zadie Smith

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Journey to the Center of the Earth by H.G. Wells

I Robot

On the Beach

This Present Darkness

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Don Quioxet

The Shack by William Young

Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter.
A short History of Nearly Everything
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
Culture of Fear
Racing for a Cure
Mediated : how the media shapes your world and the way you live in it by Thomas de Zengotita.
Its the Little Things
Why we Buy by Paco Underhill
In a different voice : psychological theory and women's development
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Native Son Richard Wright,
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Common sense by Thomas Paine
Outliers by Gladwell
Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer

158.1 CAR   How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

 155.232 CAI Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain.
Malcolm X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Mobius And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

The lonely crowd : a study of the changing American character by by David Riesman
Mobius The Fall of Public Man
The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism by Max Weber
Bowling alone : the collapse and revival of American community by Robert D. Putnam.
Race matters by Cornel West.
Stumbling on Happiness
Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh.
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Is Bill Cosby right? : or has the Black middle class lost its mind? by Michael Eric Dyson.
The pecking order : which siblings succeed and why by Dalton Conley.
Elsewhere, U.S.A. by Dalton Conley.
Censored 2010 : the top 25 censored stories
Promises I can keep : why poor women put motherhood before marriage by Kathryn Edin + Maria Kefalas.
Amusing ourselves to death : public discourse in the age of show business by Neil Postman
Better Angels of our Nature
Beyond Freedom and Dignity
The wisdom of crowds : why the many are smarter than the few by James Surowiecki.
The social animal : the hidden sources of love, character, and achievement by David Brooks.
There are no children here : the story of two boys growing up in the other America by Alex Kotlowitz
The gnostic gospels by by Elaine Pagels.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions  by Edwin A. Abbott
You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain
Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Reality is broken : why games make us better and how they can change the world by Jane McGonigal.