Non-fiction is not my primary reading genre.  I loved each one of these books for different reasons.


The Elephant Whisperer

The story of Lawrence Anthony, the elephant whisperer, who lived on the Thula Thula ranch in South Africa.  He became the last refuge for rogue elephants, and how they became part of each others lives.  A  funny and touching story with Africa as the backdrop.  Purchase from Amazon here



Babylon’s Ark

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony worked with brave individuals on both sides – from soldiers to zoo staff,  to save the animals caught in the crossfire and abandoned at the Baghdad Zoo.  It’s amazing what a difference one person can make…   Purchase from Amazon here






Zamba, The Greatest Lion that ever lived

If you remember Clarence, the cross eyed Lion from the MGM movie trailer – this isn’t him.  Zamba was rescued as an abandoned cub in Africa and brought back to Hollywood to be raised by the same animal trainer Raph Helfer.  Zamba was a pet, and happily rode down Sunset Blvd in the convertible, and slept in bed, which made dating difficult.  A fun read! Purchase from Amazon here


Modoc the Elephant

Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again,   They rose to circus stardom in 1940s New York City.  I’d recommend reading with a box of Kleenex.    Purchase from Amazon here


The Wind in My Wheels

The tales of a young British girl who in the 1990s rides her bike through Asia, Africa, and Europe.  She’s disorganized and has many adventures.  It was laugh out loud funny, and spot on.  This is one of many books.

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My Year with Eleanor

I Loved this book!   Noelle Hancock was 29, unemployed, lost.   She had become crippled by anxiety until inspiration she saw a quote:

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

With Eleanor as her guide, Noelle embarks on the “Year of Fear.” From shark diving to fighter pilot lessons, her hilarious and adventures teach her about who she is and what she can become.   Purchase from Amazon here




I Loved this book – it was fascinating.   The same author as  the best seller, “The Tipping Point” Malcolm Gladwell investigates what makes an outlier.   He looks at what makes someone a high achiever, and what creates a catastrophe, from every angle.  Purchase from Amazon here 





Five Wishes

A thought provoking book by Gay Hendricks.  If someone approached you at a cocktail party and said I hate small talk, let’s have BIG talk…how would you react?   What follows is the story, and important questions to ask yourself about what living a meaningful life means to you.   Purchase it from Amazon here.





The Big Leap

Another gem by Gay Hendricks.  We’ve all experienced being on a roll where things are going great – the diet, the gym, at work,  or relationships – and then suddenly something happens and it all goes back to where you started.  This book explains why!   Buy it from Amazon here.