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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Library Loving: Non-Fiction

I am not a big fan of non-fiction. It is not what I seek out in reading material. But here are some non-fiction books that I not only want to read, but buy.

1. Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton.   I covet this book. The website is just oh so good. Fascinating, wry, moving, and intimate are just a few words I would use to describe the website. I am dying to get my hands on the book. 

2. On Grief and Reason: Essays, Joseph Brodsky. Joseph Brodsky was a Russian outcast and an American poet laureate and the small excerpts that I have read have me hooked.

3. Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do, Meredith Maran (Editor) I love peering into writers’ processes. Looking for little tips and tricks and habits that I could adopt as my own

4.  Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick, Jeremy Dean. Because I constantly am wishing I had better habits.

5. Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, Sari Botton. I found New York to be intoxicating when I was there. I thought a lot about whether or not I could live there and be happy, so I am highly curious about these essays. 

6. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,  Cheryl Strayed. I have wanted to read this book ever since I saw it on the New Non-Fiction shelf at Barnes and Noble.

7. Funny Letters from Famous People, Charles Osgood. Who doesn’t love a good funny letter from a famous person? 
8.  In Cold Blood, Truman Capote. A non-fiction classic.

9. Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck. I have tried to make it through this book 2 or 3 times and have yet to make it all the way through. But it is so much cheerier than his actual novels. So it is reading Steinbeck without the abject depression that comes from reading Steinbeck.

10. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion. I started to read something by Joan Didion and got sidetracked. I keep meaning to make it back to reading some of her stuff and have not yet. I imagine this is as good a place to start as any.

What about you? Any good non-fiction that you have read or want to read lately? 

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