What Non-fiction are we reading in May, 2018?

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What Non-fiction are we reading in May, 2018?

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1LynnB
maj 25, 2018, 2:11pm

doesn't look like we're reading much non-fiction, as this thread is starting on May 25!

I'm guilty myself, having just started my first non-fiction book of this month: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder.

2Meredy
maj 25, 2018, 2:53pm

I have just reread Opium Fiend, by Steven Martin, the 2012 memoir of a paraphernalia collector turned addict (review). I found it even more compelling than the first time, four years ago. I considered it a niche interest then, but now I think more people should read it.

Just before that, I completed The Bletchley Girls, by Tessa Dunlop, which in my opinion is an example of an author's tackling of material she's not really up to handling.

3SChant
maj 26, 2018, 8:40am

Just got The God Species by Mark Lynas, and Carlo Rovelli's new one The Order of Time from the library. Looking forward to some challenging Bank Holiday reading.

4Sandydog1
Redigerat: dec 25, 2018, 10:29pm

Reading America's Hidden History, fascinating. The chapter on early FL history is particularly interesting. I haven't been this amazed and intrigued since reading The People's History of the United States.

>3 SChant: CHUNK! The sound of The God Species tossed atop my mountainous TBR pile.

5jjwilson61
maj 27, 2018, 10:20am

>4 Sandydog1: Your link for America's Hidden History goes to a zero-member work by Kenneth C.

6SChant
maj 27, 2018, 12:25pm

>4 Sandydog1: Having got into it I realise it was published in 2011 and some of the information is well out of date. I will persevere, but there are more current environment books out there.

7framboise
maj 28, 2018, 8:54am

Halfway through my ER title You All Grow Up and Leave Me, a true-crime memoir. Disturbing but good.

8lilithcat
maj 28, 2018, 9:28am

Right now, I'm reading two:

Women and the Making of the Modern House: a social and architectural history, by Alice T. Friedman, and
A Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica: the Ladino Memoir of Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi

I recently finished City of scoundrels : the twelve days of disaster that gave birth to modern Chicago, by Gary Krist. This was read for my book club, which met this past weekend, and we were fortunate to have the author present (lucky for him we all liked the book!).

Also this month, I read Daniel J. Wakin's The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and other tales of a New York City block.

9rocketjk
maj 28, 2018, 12:42pm

I finished the excellent history Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the first origins of the concept of separation of church and state in American (and English) political/religious though, 100 years before Jefferson and the rest of the founders of the American republic.

112wonderY
maj 29, 2018, 8:50am

>10 LynnB: Oh! I liked that one!

12cindydavid4
Redigerat: maj 29, 2018, 9:23am

>4 Sandydog1: nvm, I was thinking of a different book The People's Almanac

13vpfluke
maj 29, 2018, 4:51pm

I belatedly finished my ER reading and review of Soundscapes: a musician's journey through Life and Death by the violinist, Paul Robertson. It's the harrowing tale of a ruptured aorta through visions dreams, but with the back story of the Medici String Quartet.
I am now embarking Phyllis Tickle: a life, by Jon M. Sweeney. It's a new book, and so I need to enter it into LT, so the touchstone can work.

14Meredy
maj 29, 2018, 7:16pm

Alongside several works of fiction, I'm also reading John McCain's book The Restless Wave.

15Bookmarque
maj 29, 2018, 8:11pm

Into the last hour of the audiobook version of Negroland not stellar, but surprising in small ways.

17victorw
maj 31, 2018, 11:40am

I am reading Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses by William Cullina. Just finished reading The Armchair Birder: discovering the secret lives of familiar birds and The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal: The secret lives of birds of the southeastern shore, both by John Yow.

19cindydavid4
jun 3, 2018, 11:45am

Agent of Destiny Not a book I would have choosen, I know nothing about its subject, but its for a History Book Group later this month and there discussions are always interesting. Heck a year ago I had no idea who Alexander Hamilton and now look at me... :)

20JulieLill
jun 6, 2018, 9:52pm

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction
by Grady Hendrix
4/5 stars
Hendrix writes about the horror genre when it really took off in the 70’s and 80’s. He reviews the different genres (and there are a lot of them) within the horror spectrum, the authors, the publishing companies, the artists that painted the book covers and of course lots of pictures of the actual, wonderfully horrible graphic covers. This is not a dry book; Hendrix uses much humor to describe the plots of these books and I found myself chuckling throughout the book. The only problem with this book is I now have added several more books to my never ending reading list.

21ulmannc
jun 7, 2018, 8:08am

>20 JulieLill: "the only problem with this book is I haven added sever more books to my. . . "

One would not be on LT if it wasn't for this disease we have. I say I'm not going to bring anything more home until I do something about all the boxes in the library.

I brought home a box with more about a week ago and had the bookseller order another book for me so enough for my little statement in the preceding paragraph. . . oh my.

22cindydavid4
Redigerat: jun 7, 2018, 10:18am

>19 cindydavid4: Wow, I cannot put this book down! For one thing I have been living in Hamilton's world for several months, literary wise. This book is basically a sequel - what happens after 1804, with many of the same characters, and with subject who is has a bit of Hamilton and Burr under all that swagger. But most importantly it is extremely well written. Im not big on reading about battles, I usually turn the pages to see what finally happens and read on. But his writing is so good I want to know, plus the author includes several very helpful maps that makes the events easy to follow. Recommend this to anyone interested in the history of the time period