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Non-Fiction Finds

February 12, 2007

Warning: this is a very long list! I did some internet research and just went with any book that sounded remotely interesting. Feel free to leave suggestions as comments: they’ll be much appreciated! (the stars are for me; they tell me that my library has it)

Among Schoolchildren* by Tracy Kidder
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton
Longitude by Dava Sobel
The Guns of August* by Barbara Tuchman
The Body Project* by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Nickel and Dimed* by Barbara Ehrenreich
Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira
Death at the Priory by James Ruddick
The Cruelist Miles by Gay Salisbury
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil* by John Berendt
The Omnivore’s Dilemna* by Michael Pollan
The Dead Beat by Marilyn Johnson
The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
Parting the Waters* by Taylor Branch
Freedom Riders* by Raymond Arsenault
Trickster Travels by Natalie Davis
My Bondage and My Freedom* by Frederick Douglass
The Souls of Black Folk* by W.E.B. du Bois
The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London by Liza Picard
A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
Tree: A Life Story by David Suzuki
The American Way of Death Revisited* by Jessica Mitford
Boss* by Mike Royko
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
Queen Isabella by Alison Weir
The Courtier and the Heretic by Matthew Stewart
Happiness: A History* by Darrin McMahon
Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent
Emergency Sex: and Other Desperate Measures by Kenneth Cain
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa by Linda Donelson
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq* by George Packer
The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore by Cynthia Giles
Booknotes: Stories from American History by Brian Lamb
The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
Seek: Reports From the Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson
Bush Hat, Black Tie: Adventures of a Foreign Service Officer by Howard Simpson
Long Walk to Freedom* by Nelson Mandela
Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
French Lessons by Alice Kaplan
Gandhi An Autobiography
Behind Embassy Walls: the Life and Times of an American Diplomat by Brandon Grove
Making the Corps by Thomas Ricks
American Diplomats by Stuart Kennedy
Runaway Slaves* by John Hope Franklin
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
The Russia Hand by Strobe Talbott
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This?* by Marion Meade
Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Silk Road: Monks, Warriors, and Merchants by Luce Boulnois
A Great Improvisation* by Stacy Schiff
Oscar Wilde* by Richard Ellmann
Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne
The Audacity of Hope* by Barack Obama

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bybee permalink
    February 12, 2007 5:29 am

    I added a few more nonfiction to my wishlist reading yours! Thanks!

    I really enjoyed Among Schoolchildren. I read it twice.

  2. annie permalink
    February 12, 2007 4:25 pm

    I liked Nickel & Dimed, Wild Swans, and Friday Night Lights–looking forward to your reviews!

  3. Tiffani ( a random passer-by) permalink
    December 3, 2007 2:06 am

    Wild Swans, The Yellow Lighted Bookshop & Born on a blue day are definitely worth a read!
    Wild Swans is a chunkster..
    but the other 2 are much slimmer in size!


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