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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver Details
Novelist Barbara Kingsolver recounts a year spent eating exclusively home-grown and local food. In their search for another way to eat and live, Kingsolver and her family begin to recover a lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production.
Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
by Keith Gessen Details
Editor and interviewer Gessen draws together two years' worth of interviews with a despairing anonymous hedge fund manager. "HFM," as Gessen calls him, has been working successfully in hedge funds for over a decade. With some context provided by Gessen, HFM tells readers the the facts behind the death of Bear Stearns, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the plunging dollar, the bailouts, and the Madoff scandal.
Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible
by David Plotz Details
What happens when a secular guy reads the entire Bible? He learns shocking things about the world's most important piece of literature . . . and about himself.
Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
by A.J. Jacobs Details
In this collection of essays, A.J. Jacobs describes a set of several month-long experiments he immersed himself in, such as practicing Radical Honesty and outsourcing his life to a team of consultants in India.
Julie and Julia
by Julie Powell Details
Powell, a frustrated secretary in New York City, embarked on "the Julie/Julia project": a yearlong odyssey of cooking every recipe in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She blogged about her project and quickly became an online sensation. In this memoir, Powell imaginatively reconstructs episodes from Child's life in the 1940s and weaves them into her own story of her year, which changed her in ways that she hadn't anticipated.
Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk
by Robyn Okrant Details
Okrant devoted 2008 to following all of the guidance from Oprah's television show, Web site, and magazine. Here, she reflects on the lessons learned as well as the tolls taken by the experiment.
My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith
by Benyamin Cohen Details
A Jew struggling with his faith wondered what it would be like to be a Christian. So begins a thoughtful and hilarious journey that is part memoir, part spiritual quest, and part anthropological study.
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
by Judith Levine Details
If you've ever contemplated cutting back on what you buy but couldn't pull it off, this book allows you to learn from the author's drastic experiment.
Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
by Norah Vincent Details
For more than a year and a half, Vincent ventured into the world as a man in order to observe the world of men as an insider. She ended her journey astounded and exhausted by the rigid codes and rituals of masculinity
Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously
by Adrienne Martini Details
As a working mother of two, Martini wanted a challenge that would make her feel in charge. So she decided to make the Holy Grail of sweaters -- her own Mary Tudor, whose mind-numbingly gorgeous pattern is so complicated to knit that its mere mention can hush a roomful of experienced knitters. And so she took on the challenge: one year, two needles, and countless knits and purls to conquer Mary Tudor while also taking care of her two kids, two cats, two jobs, and (thankfully) one husband-- without unraveling in the process.
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin Details
Rubin spent one year trying to achieve measurable goals in every level of her life (marriage, parenting, career, social life, self-fulfillment, etc). In this memoir, she shares what she learned about being happy.
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
by A.J. Jacobs Details
When the author set out to read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica, his family and friends didn't think he would make it, but he did . . . and he wrote about the experience in this funny and enlightening memoir.
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
by Kevin Roose Details
Roose transfers from his liberal Ivy League school to Liberty University, Jerry Falwell's ultraconservative "Bible boot camp."
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
by A.J. Jacobs Details
Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal.
The Year of Yes: A Memoir
by Maria Headley Details
At age 20, Headley was already tired of the New York City dating scene. When her friends suggested that she was too critical, she decided to say yes to every man who asked her on a date, for an entire year. The following 12 months taught her more about herself than she could have imagined.
Updated 05/06/2015

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