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2018 Honors Non-Fiction Book Post

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Carter Haas
04-06-2018
11:21 AM ET (US)
The book that I chose to read was Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. There are 288 pages in the book and I am currently on page 38 in the book. The book is pretty much about his life and caring for his children and how he has been parenting. So it is basically a biography on his life.

I am responding to the 2nd prompt asking what major problem the author has faced in the book so far. The main problem that he has faced in the book so far is going with his girlfriend and a friend that also has a family. They decided to go on a trip to the Grand Canyon which included him, his girlfriend, his friend, the friends wife, and their 8 month old kid. The problem that they face is that the parents think that the baby needs one whole room to sleep in so the other family is constantly intruding in their hotel room that they though was just for them. They realized that later down the road that the one room was just for the baby and the two couples where actually going to share a room instead of being in two separate rooms. When they are hiking the Grand Canyon half-way down they have to stop because the baby is tired and the parents end up going back up which makes the author really mad. When they get back the family is waiting by their door and so when they go in the other family come in and start sleeping on their bed instead of going in the room with the baby which really frustrates the author.
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Emma DeCou
04-05-2018
10:47 PM ET (US)
I chose to read Taking Flight by Michaela De Prince. I have read to page 23 and there are 249 pages. This story is about Michaela De Prince who is a ballerina. She grew up as an orphan in Sierra Leone. Michaela grew up with her father and mother alongside her uncle right next door until the age of around four. Her father was killed do to the war so her and her mother moved in with Michaela's uncle who was a very bad man. Michaela has a skin condition which deemed her unworthy in her uncle's eyes so when her mother passed away due to illness, Michaela was sent to an orphanage. Because of her skin condition, she did not have many friends so her father worked really hard to make sure she got a good education. Being able to read and write is what was helping her work through all the troubles her family and country had been facing at the time.
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Ben Goehring
04-05-2018
04:45 PM ET (US)
 The nonfiction book that I chose was Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. There are 203 pages and I have read 14 pages so far. Into the Wild is about a hitchhiker named Christopher Johnson who had hitchiked to Alaska and attempted to survive in the wilderness in 1922. However, he had died in a bus four months later.

4. Into the Wild is about survival. I know a little bit about survival such as how to increase your chances of surviving a bear attack and a way to see if a berry is poisonous or not. So far, I have learned very little about surviving due to having read only the beginning of the story. However, his gear includes a rifle as well as clothes, boots, and a diary. A diary would probably be used to prevent insanity due to the loneliness and the rifle is used for hunting.
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Kazia Ohayon
04-04-2018
10:14 AM ET (US)
I chose to read Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman and Sandy Hamman. There are 154 pages in the book and I have read 9 pages. The book is about five teenagers who go to the Gitchie Manatou state park at night and end up being murdered. One of the teenagers survived and it follows her life after the incident as well.

 So far, there have been a couple major parts of the book even though I am not that far. It starts out with a couple test driving a truck around the Gitchie Manatou state park and ended up seeing something out of the ordinary. The guy went to check it out and it ended up being three bodies laying there. He called it in and the Sherif was hesitant to believe it. He thought it was a prank and was even annoyed that he got a call on his day off. He showed up and saw it wasn’t a prank and knew he had a lot to handle. After this, it switches to the point of view of the story of Sandra. It begins to explain her life in detail as she was growing up. I stopped reading after this part.
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Nicholas Handberg
04-03-2018
07:04 PM ET (US)
My non-fiction book that I am reading is titled Soldiers First by Joe Drape. There are 270 pages and I have read through page 20 so far.

Unlike other universities, football is not the top priority for the Army football players. Instead, training and joining the U.S. Military is the most vital commitment at the university. Soldiers First is about the U.S. Military Academy football team, and what it means to be an Army football player.

I am responding to the fourth prompt. The broad topic that this book is about is college football. I already know a little bit about college football, like all of the different Conferences and the major teams in each. I also know that many of these student athletes are more concerned about punching their ticket into the NFL rather than schoolwork. Despite the rule that states that student athletes should not receive any pay/benefits for their playing, I know that some colleges have broken this rule, sneaking money “under the table” to these athletes. Things that I have learned from reading this book is the number of colleges that actually do these corrupt deeds, and some specific examples of when these colleges got caught. The book then introduced me to the rich honor and history behind Army University, and what sets them apart from the rest.
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Sarah Dickerson
04-03-2018
06:20 PM ET (US)
I chose to read the book The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby. This book has 329 pages and I have stopped on page 15. The book is about the Busby families struggle after the dad, John, gets shot. Throughout this book the father and daughter recall how they overcame the hardest times in their lives.

I am responding to the third prompt. For the first character, John Busby, I would choose Mark Wahlberg. John has a strong Boston accent, and Mark is from Boston and still has a Boston accent. For the next character, mom, I would choose Jenna Fischer. Jenna has played roles where she's a strong-willed mother who loves her husband and family. For the final character, Cylin, I would choose Jillian Lebling. Jillian is a young actress that, to me, resembles Cylin very well.
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Kennedy Spurlin
04-03-2018
01:03 PM ET (US)
I chose to read the book Finding Me by Michelle Knight. This book has 249 pages and I have read 16 pages so far. The book is about Michelle Knight being abducted and nearly forgotten. She tells stories of being captured and her how she reclaimed her life.

I am responding to the fourth prompt, although I have only read 16 page I am able to recognize the theme of abduction and survival. Abduction is something that people think will never happen to them. When I hear of abductions they are survival stories and mostly past situations. Survival is a trait that all humans have in order to live. But the survival has a different meaning in this book. So far she has talked about the life she had before she was abducted and how hardly anyone noticed when she was abducted. She has also talked about how those were the hardest years of her life and she had to make herself want to survive through the pain because she had a son that she wanted to go back to.
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Megan Schoeneman
04-03-2018
12:24 PM ET (US)
I chose to read The Faraway Horses by Buck Brannaman. This book has 273 pages and I have read 23 so far. The book is about the story of Buck Brannaman's life and how he's turned a pained childhood into a successful horse career and is able to have a happy life and has learned from his past. So far this book has been a lot a flash back i'm beginning to understand why he is the way is he.

Responding to the second prompt, So far he has talked about how he is on the road and how his daughter says he has to go ride the Faraway Horses. In the first flash back you learn that his dad was a TV producer and how he forced they to learn rope tricks to be in commercials and make money for the family. I've learned that he was terrified of his dad to the point he would have panic attacks at school when he had to go home after school. There were two hours each day he had to be home with his dad before his mom would get off work he would have to do obscene chores and practice his rope tricks for hours on end. Where I left off his mom is sick and they have hinted at diabetes and that she won't be waking up. I think that it's crazy to think about how parents could treat their kids so bad in public and people wouldn't say anything because it wasn't their business. I feel bad for young Buck and I'm excited to see where the book goes from here.
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Cassidy Eidsness
04-03-2018
11:25 AM ET (US)
I chose to read the book Sickened by Julie Gregory. This book has 244 pages and I have read about 40 pages so far. The book tells a story about a little girl whose mom makes her sick, so the mom can get attention from doctors. This book accounts for the struggles of this child and her journey through her decision to call child services.
The major problem in this book, is the mom and her sickness. She purposely makes her kid sick so she can get attention from doctors. The child's grandmother had the same thing as her mom, so her mom wouldn't know a difference. I think this book would qualify as child abuse, because the mother is harming her daughter. The daughter doesn't say anything to anyone about her mother and the mental illness she is stuck with. She just lets her mother do whatever she wants, because she knows that ultimately her mother doesn't care about her. She is so self-absorbed in getting attention, that she makes her daughter sick. She puts things in her food and drinks to get her sick, so she can get attention.
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Taylor McMartin
04-02-2018
11:14 PM ET (US)
I chose to read the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book has 265 pages and I've read about 15 pages. The book is about four African American women who used math to launch rockets, and astronauts into space. This book accounts for the struggles the women went through and the alliances they made along the way.

I'm responding to the second prompt. The event the book takes place in is right after WWII, and goes through the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race. These four women have to deal with segregation and had to walk a mile just to use the bathroom. These women faced the struggles of being judged for not being like everyone else. Not everyone will accept the ideas from a women but definitely not from a black women during the civil rights movement. These women had to fight tooth and nail just to get accepted by the males in charge of NASA. Eventually the head of NASA realized the struggles that the women went though and quickly is making changes to how the women are treated.
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Trinity Atkins
03-29-2018
08:09 PM ET (US)
I chose to read the book "Flyboys" by James Bradley. This book has 342 and I've read about 11 pages. The book tells the story nine American airmen shot down in the Pacific. Only one of the men, George H. W. Bush, had been rescued. After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth, and not even the families of the airmen were informed of what happened to their sons.

I chose to respond to the third prompt. There are about eight main characters, but I decided to talk about the four characters that stood out to me. These characters consist of: Jimmy Dye, Floyd Hall, Marve Mershon, and Warren Earl Vaughn. For the character Jimmy Dye, I chose the actor Brad Pitt because they are both charismatic and outgoing guys. I decided that both Floyd Hall and Tom Hanks have very similar personalities. They both display leadership and selflessness. For the character Marve Mershon, I had chosen the actor Logan Lerman because they are both young and athletic. I chose the actor John Krasinski for Warren Earl Vaughn because I believe that they look fairly similar.
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Sydney Kurtz
03-29-2018
04:24 PM ET (US)
     I chose to read Shards, by Allison Moore. This book has 272 pages and so far I have read 15 pages. Shards is a novel about a waitress that becomes a police officer. She becomes addicted to meth and attempts to hide it from her job and coworkers.
     A major problem the main character (author of the book) has faced so far is her relationship with men. Her father and her were very close, but her father had an affair and left his family. When she started high school she got into a emotionally (and sometimes physically) abusive relationship. She stayed in the relationship for four years until the man finally broke up with her. She had gotten into a few other bad relationships until finally she found a man, Dalton from Miami, that loved her. Dalton did not like Maui and wanted to go back to Miami with Allison. At this time Allison was just informed that she had been accepted into the recruiting class. Allison had been living a life where the men in her life made her decisions, but "for once in my life, I hadn't sacrificed myself for a man," (Moore 13).
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Bailey Nester
03-29-2018
04:19 PM ET (US)
I chose to read "A Child Called It" by Dave Pelzer. This book is 160 pages and I currently at page 20. This book is about Dave Pelzer's entire life through abuse and suffering. He was abused physically and emotionally by his alcoholic mother and was barely given any food to eat. This book is about one of the most severe child abuse cases in the state of California.

Even though I have not gotten that far in this book, I am able to identify that it is about child abuse. Child abuse is becoming more and more common today, there are so many people in our world with so many problems. It is nearly impossible for the police to uncover all of these abuse cases. I also feel like the abuse has become more harsh in recent years, you hear about so many horrific stories and even about deaths from abuse. From what I have read, I have learned that schools can report suspicions of abuse to law enforcement. Sometimes the school is the only thing that can save a child, it is their getaway from home. I am excited to read the rest of this book to find out how Dave makes it through this horrible time in his life.
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Ashley Nettifee
03-29-2018
04:17 PM ET (US)
My non-fiction book is Gtichie Girl by Phil and Sandy Hamman. It is 154 pages. So far I have read to page 5. This book is about the murder of four teens and the rape of another. These murders took place near Sioux Falls. The major problem my main character has faced has been trying to figure out what happened to these people and how he is going to figure that out. When Craig Vinson first received the call he thought that someone was playing a joke on him. He arrived at the scene and discovered that there really were teenagers murdered. Since then he has called the Sioux Falls police and other surrounding areas for help. A crime scene tech and other detectives are already on the way. He is also looking into all the clues himself.
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Josie Lunde
03-29-2018
04:15 PM ET (US)
 I chose Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman & Sandy Hamman. There is a total of 154 pages and I am on page 15. Gitchie Girl is based off of the story of four teenagers who were murdered in the 1970s. They were murdered in state reserve we know today as Gitchie Manitou. My book started out with a police officer and his daily routine. He received a phone call saying there had been bodies discover at Gitchie Manitou State Reserve. From there it shifts into the second person view of Sandra. Sandra has both of her parents at the time she was born but as she grew up her parents fought a lot and eventually her dad left. There is a period of time where Sandra stays with her Grandma and Grandpa on a farm while their mom goes to nursing school. Eventually they move back home and their mom and then their mom gets a new man in her life. This new man doesn’t want to deal with kids so he sends Sandra and her brothers into foster care but when that doesn't work out Sandra and one of her brothers are sent to a Native American Boarding school. While she is there Sandra struggles with finding friends because she has a lighter skin tone then most. She is considered an outcast and gets bullied, the way she deals with this is she tries to remember how great everything was back home and how she misses her old friends.
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Emily Nelson
03-29-2018
04:13 PM ET (US)
I chose to read Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander. There are 196 pages and I have read to page five. This book is about Eben's experiences as a neurosurgeon and what he has witnessed pertaining to the afterlife.

I chose to write about option 4. I know that it is very difficult to become a surgeon so I'm assuming that the author is very intelligent. I'm also aware that surgeons are around death quite a bit because of their jobs. I'm interested to read about what he has witnessed and thinks it means. I haven't learned much yet, just a little background knowledge on Eben. He went to the University of North Carolina and is married to his wife, Holly. He stole Holly away from his roommate back in college.
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