Reality Bits Strikes Again:
More Not-So-Everyday Adventures of Everyperson

Vikram Akula
A Fistful of Rice: My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty through Profitability. Harvard, 2011.
[B Akura A]
On a visit back to India from his American home, he watched a woman gather spilled grains of rice and resolved to dedicate his life to the poorest of the poor, so he pieced together the best of both philanthropy and capitalism to help millions of India's poor transition from paupers to customers to business owners.

Aaron Eske
My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption. Palgrave, 2010.
[362.734 Eske]
Aaron Eske grew up in rural Nebraska with four siblings his parents adopted from around the globe, each one with severe health issues. His book details his journey to the places of his siblings’ births and the orphanages they lived in.

Andrew Ferguson
Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College. S&S, 2011.
[378.161 Ferguson]
The humorous story of an obsessive, well-meaning dad and his procrastinating son as they maneuver their way through the dense, intimidating, cut-throat, and overly complicated college-entrance process.

Rachel Friedman
The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure. Bantam, 2011.
[910.4 Friedman]
It’s the adventure of a lifetime as 20-year-old college grad Friedman, suddenly decides to abandon the American mantra of “go to school, get good grades, get a job,” and impulsively buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited. She subsequently forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, and together they embark on a yearlong odyssey covering three continents.

Jenney Gardiner
Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me. Gallery, 2010.
[636.6865 Gardiner]
The trials and tribulations of Jenny and Scott Gardiner, who sees their hopes for a smart, talkative, and friendly feathered companion, vanish when curmudgeonly, who-said-you-can’t-bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you  Graycie, comes into their lives.

Miranda Kennedy
Sideways on a Scooter: Life & Love in India. [RH, 2011]
[305.4095 Kennedy]
When twenty-something reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects, she longs to immerse herself in the turmoil and excitement of a rapidly developing country. What she quickly learns in Delhi as a single woman are early signs that her new home is less Westernized than she’d counted on.

Tom McAlister
Bury Me in My Jersey: A Memoir of My Father, Football and Philly. Villard, 2010. [796.3326 Mcalister]
As a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan, Tom McAllister experiences two decades of defeats and disappointments, but he faces his biggest challenge with the impending premature loss of his sports-obsessed father to cancer.

Benjamin Mee
We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, A Broken Down Zoo & the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever. Weinstein, 2008.
[B Mee]
When house-hunting Benjamin Mee buys a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside, his sis friends and colleagues declare him crazy. What follows is a magical exploration of the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy

Giula Melucci
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. GC, 2009.
[B Melucci]
Armed with poignant memories of her mother's mouth-watering recipes, the author cooks her way through the ups and downs of the New York City dating scene.

Lisa Napoli
Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. Crown, 2010. [954.98 Napoli]
Dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist, Napoli seizes the opportunity to move halfway around the world for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the "happiest" places on earth—and falls in love with this obscure, almost unknown country.

Ellie Nielsen
Buying a Piece of Paris. St. Martin’s, 2009.
[B 944.361 Nielsen]
Come along with Australian Ellie Nielson as she searches for a dream apartment in Paris with a limited ability to speak French, a complete lack of understating how the city’s real estate market works, but with lots of determination and optimism.

Cami Ostman
Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents. Seal, 2010.
[B Ostman C]
When a friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from thinking about her recent divorce, Ostman is so excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, that she keeps it up and ultimately decides to run seven marathons on seven continents.

Andy Raskin
The Ramen King & I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life. Gotham, 2009.
[B 973.931 Raskin]
Approaching 40 and still single, journalist Raskin joins a self-help group and begins to write a series of letters in order to explore his romantic failures, attempting to discover why he sabotages relationships with women. He addresses his letters to (of all people) Momofuku Ando, the nonagenarian inventor of instant ramen, who built an extremely successful empire after losing everything.  Raskin’s personal journey takes him to Japan several times, as he tries to cut through endless red tape in order to meet his idol.

Avi Steinberg
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian. Talese, 2010.
[B Steinberg S]
How a Harvard graduate expecting to become a rabbi ends up working in a Boston jail library.

Natalie Taylor
Signs of Life. Broadway, 2011
[155.937 Taylor]
Staggered by the loss of her husband in a freak accident, pregnant 24-year-old Natalie Taylor embarks upon a powerful emotional journey, calling upon resources she didn’t know she had in order to re-imagine and re-build a life for her and her son.

 

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