Non-fiction topics?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Non-fiction topics?
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:20pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm currently into true story/non-fiction type books. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've recently been reading about Hitler and WWII but would like to branch out into some other areas.

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Registered: 01-11-2013
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:39pm

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson!  Supposedly, Leonardo DiCaprio bought the rights to it and it will be a movie soon.  It's about the country's first serial killer and the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.  The chapters alternate between the story of the Expo and the killer.  I read it twice.

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Registered: 04-11-2012
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:40pm

Hey I just saw this come across the Ivillage main board page and thought it was perfect timing because I was just checking the best seller list to get my next topic: http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2013-03-10/hardcover-fiction/list.html You might want to check that out for some reading ideas. Also, does your library have an area for new non-fiction stories? Mine keeps a great selection of books in theirs.

 

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Registered: 02-07-2011
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 5:13pm

Thanks for the link!  I'd like to read the biography by Sonia Sotomayor, see what led to her journey to the Supreme Court. 

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Registered: 06-19-2007
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 8:10pm

I'm so glad to see that there are others like who like non-fiction! I LOVE auto-biographies and biographies, especially. 

Right now, I'm reading Tina Fey's book, Bossypants which is great so far. I also want to read "Far from the Tree" :

http://www.amazon.com/Far-From-Tree-Children-Identity/dp/0743236718/ref=pd_sim_b_1 

but I haven't ordered it yet- it's just sitting on my wish list. Smile

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-11-2008
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:19pm

Unfortunately, I have no great non-fiction to recommend that I've read this year, but from 2012 here are some of my favorites, in the order I read them:

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Is about the Great Migration when African Americans moved from the South to the Northest, Midwest and West. It focuses on four people and what casued them to move and explores the history, lynching, social science and economics behind the movement.

Prophets Prey by Sam Brower Is about a PI in southern Utah trying to take down Warren Jeffs and his FLDS organization.

My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton A joyful, funny autobiography that could have been tragic were he different man. An amazing look at early and not so early Hollywood.

People History of American Empire by Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, Paul Buhle A graphic novel/ history.

Complete Persepolis or Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi A memoir/ graphic novel of a young girl growing up in Iran, bits of this were used as the prologue of "Argo." It's also a film, but read it first!

Enjoy, Julia