What Non-Fiction are you reading in June, 2017?
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I finished up the entertaining and informative The Reluctant Art: Five Studies in the Growth of Jazz by Benny Green. Green was a very good writer but very opinionated. I found that both factors added to my enjoyment of these essays, though I did not always agree with those opinions. I did learn a lot about jazz history.
This is a short history of the Easy-Bake Oven, a toy for young girls (and later on marketed to boys) to learn how to bake. If you ever had one or wanted one, this is a must read.
I normally read about one NF for every four or five novels, but lately (and inexplicably) I've been on a rip for history. My current title is 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History). In the past month:
The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World, by Greg King and Sue Woolmans;
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer; and
Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Timothy J. Colton.
Not unexpectedly, there are themes that run through them.
Update: Finished it. Quite a good albeit lengthy read.
Linda Rodríguez McRobbie
McRobbie tells the fascinating and factual tales of real life princesses who are far from the fairy tale princesses we all grew up with as children. Many of these women had miserable lives and some caused a lot of misery. The author also deals with the inbreeding of the royals causing their children to be born with genetic defects and there is a section on the dollar princesses who were not royalty but were rich and married into royalty.
Bill Bryson is an enjoyable writer and I was not disappointed in this book originally released in 1990. You would think that a book on the English language would be as dry as toast but I found it fascinating and Bryson's writing made it a joy to read. I especially got a kick out of the chapter on Word Play and there were sections that just made me laugh out loud. The section on Names was also quite interesting and dealt with meanings of words that are not the same in different countries like when Standard Oil was thinking about to changing its name to Enco till they learned the enco meant stalled car in Japan. Highly recommended! I wonder if he has ever thought about updating the book and discuss what changes have happened since the original.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Armstrong discusses the phenomenon of the continued fan obsession of the Seinfeld show despite having ended in 1998 and its influence on American culture till this very day. The book is definitely geared to Seinfeld fans and from a few reviews that I read of this book, it covers some material already covered in other books on the show of which there are quite a few. I have not read any of the other books but I found this book very interesting and it has inspired me to re-watch the series again.
When I looked at my stats last year I was sad I didn't read more non-fiction so this year I'm doing better. Right now I have only one novel going, but 3 nf books -
1000 Years of Annoying the French which is what you'd think, the many ways the French and English have clashed over the centuries and how funny the English think that is.
On Trails by Robert Moor which is a study of trails both chemical, animal and human. Interesting, but there are some rat holes.
Evolution or sometimes known as Evolution in Action by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu which is a gorgeously photographed coffee table size book about comparative evolutionary biology regarding the skeletal system. Basically how nature selects and changes a creature's bones to fit its ecological niche. It only involves current animals, not extinct ones and the skeletons are beautifully articulated and preserved.
>22 Bookmarque: I'm on 37 F 31 NF this year so far, and reading one of each at the moment. It would be more equal if I hadn't had May in recovery from an operation and read a load of novels then!
Technically, I started this book in June (Yesterday) so I can post here, still. I started The Working Class Republican.