February 20th, 2006


The Big Nonfiction Recommendations List

Compiled from a previous post. See the comments on that one for descriptions of some of these.

The World of the Shining Prince, Ivan Morris
Poisoned Lives: English Poisoners and their Victims, Katherine Watson
Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu, Ted Anton
Arguing About Slavery, William Lee Miller
Word FreakThe Code Book, Simon Singh
The Life and Death of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
Men, Women and Chain Saws, Carol J. Clover
Founding Brothers, Joseph Ellis
Rubicon, Tom Holland
Lost Moon, Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger (alternate title, Apollo 13)
Chariots for Apollo, Charles R. Pellegrino and Joshua Stoff
Failure is Not an Option, Gene Krantz
A Man on the Moon, Andrew Chakin
The Way We Never Were, Stephanie Coontz
Lost Country Life, Dorothy Hartley
Early Greek Myth: A Guide to Literary and Artistic Sources, Timothy Ganz
The Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorstein Veblen
The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
Wild Thing, Ian Copeland
Bill Bryson: Notes from a Small Island, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, The Mother Tongue
Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul: A Woman's Guide to Promoting Herself, Her Business, Her Product, or Her Cause with Integrity and Spirit, Susan Harrow
The Devil In The White City, Erik Larson
Holy Feast, Holy Fast, Caroline Walker Bynum
The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Roberto Calasso
Image on the Edge, Michael Camille
Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death, Millard Meiss
Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
Decent Interval, Frank Snepp
The Pursuit of the Millennium, Norman Cohn
Carolyn Walker Bynum: anything.
Bound for Canaan, Fergus Bordewich
Heaven's Coast, Mark Doty
Woman: An Intimate Geography, Natalie Angier
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, Taylor Branch
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding, Robert Hughes
Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud, Thomas Laqueur
Dreambirds, Rob Nixon
Obedience to Authority, Stanley Milgram
Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball
The Broken Cord, Michael Dorris
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, Julian Rubinstein
On the Rez, Ian Frazier
Nobody's Perfect, Anthony Lane
Cyril Connolly: Enemies of Promise, The Unquiet Grave
George Orwell: Down & Out in Paris & London, Homage to Catalonia
Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller, Judith Thurman
Into Thin Air, Jonathan Krakauer
Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
Language of the Night, Ursula K. Le Guin (This one I've already read, and can second the recommendation)
Virginia Woolf's Common Reader series
Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, Marya Hornbacher
Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp
The Great Shark Hunt, Hunter S. Thompson
A Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L'Engle (I read this one a long time back.)
"Living in the Shadow of Death, Sheila Rothman