Favorite non-fiction books

@CatNPK (461)
United States
March 12, 2007 10:57am CST
Most of the time I read non-fiction, because I have little time to read and want to get the most of what I pick up. Two great books I read recently both read as well as any novel. The first is one of my favorite books of all time, "How Mumbo Jumbo Came to Rule the World" by Frances Wheen. The other is "Baghdad Burning" by a blogger named Riverbend. You can follow the blog from the beginning at riverbendblog.blogspot.com - I highly recommend reading it from the beginning.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Hi My old altime favorite is "The journals of Lewis and Clark." At times you can feel the cold and hear the wolves howling. I have read many different editions of this trip and my favorite is the one with exerps from other members of the journey intertwined so that you would read each ones account of the same time period. That was real adventure and I don't think it can be found anymore.Correct me if I'm wrong. R
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@CatNPK (461)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I will have to keep my out for it - living and travelling in the Pacific Northwest it is impossible to avoid stumbling over Lewis and Clark. While I have followed parts of their trail, along the Columbia River, I have not yet sat down to read more about the history.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I love non-fiction books, but I am a sports writing intern so a majority of the non-fiction books i read are of the sports genre. One of my favorite's right now is the book "The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis. It might be hard for a lot of people to understand the football lingo and the explanations in the book for certain football players and positions, but there is a great human interest story involved. While the book is centered around the evolution of the left tackle position, it is done around the story of one Michael Oher, who is currently playing for the University of Mississippi. It's about his childhood growing up homeless on the streets of Memphis, Tennessee and being adopted by a well-off family and his adjustment to his new surroundings and eventually heading to college. It's inspiring reading.
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@inked4life (4225)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I stick mostly to fiction but the best non-fiction book I've read in a while is "The Secret Life Of Houdini", by William Koulash and Larry Sloman. Really interesting, he really lived an incredible life.
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13 Mar 07
When of the books I have just finished reading is by an american author Lawrence Wright a staff writer for the New Yorker entitled "The Looming Tower, Al Qaeda's Road to 9/11" I have been trying to understand exactly what is is that drives people to comitt such an atrocity and this book was a real eye opener, it doesn't seek to justify al qaeda's reasons for the crime but does try to explore the writings of key Muslim figures that have spwaned extremism. It explores the links between Bin Lad, Al Zawihir and a number of other key figures and also questions their purist and intolerant belief structure, without marginalising the whole Musilm community, many of whom were as shocked at events as others Great discussion topic,
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Wow, thanks to you and every one else who has responded so far! I have a lot of great new reading ideas.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I really liked the biography of Fred Astair. I also like the Zen of Oz by Joey Green, The Celestine Prophecy, the Prophet by Khalil Gibran... and the Elegant Universe.
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@CatNPK (461)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I just saw the movie The Celestine Prophecy, and while I found it lacking it made me really want to read the book. Now I'll have to add that to my long list for the next library trip i take...
@Melda1 (44)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
I too love non-fiction books, I think reading them has not only helped me to appreciate my life, but has given me glimpses and insight in to how other people conduct themselves. Let's face it life is short, and we can't experience everything, some things I read about in true story books I wouldn't want to experience anyway lol! My favourite non-fiction books are Geri Halliwell 'If Only' if you haven't read it folks its a fabulous biography. Other favourites include, 'And I don't want to live this life' by Deborah Spungeon, mother of infamous Nancy Spungeon. My absolute favourite (and yes i know he fibbed) is James Frey's 'A Million Little Pieces' has to be the best book about hope and redemption from addicitons I have ever read.
• United States
13 Mar 07
The Virgin Blue & The Girl With the Pearl Earring, both by Tracy Chevalier!
@Phlamingho (7827)
• Denmark
12 Mar 07
"Mærk Verden" - Feel the World. By a danish author. Really nice book about the perception of our world.
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@fliffy555 (1045)
12 Mar 07
I dont regularly read no fiction books as i have such a vivid imagination i love to read fiction and create images in my head... my favourite non fiction book however... although i cant remember the title is a book all about a child who was kid napped almost at birth and her life through everything.. I remember it so well and often reach for it if i feel in need of a cry... that is the only non fiction book i read except for encyclopedia's etc... like i said i am very much a fiction book person
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I read non-fiction precisely because I enjoy using my imagination. Because I read a lot of books about other countries and cultures as well as history, I have to use my imagination a lot in order to picture the people, locations, and events - except because it's real, it has even more meaning and becomes even more important to understand. There are many pop non-fiction books that read just like a non-fiction book, you should keep your eye out - I think these books are the best of them all.
@AmbiePam (56897)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I enjoy non fiction. I'm about to read a biography about Alfred Hitchcock. I really look forward to sitting down and getting engrossed.