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I couldn't really suggest a non-fic read since most seem to blend in with my thesis reading right now. But I do think the book you are reading sounds really interesting. I do not normally read Teaser Tuesday posts, but yours are always enjoyable and thoughtful.


Recently I started Now All Roads Lead to France(Matthew Hollis)it is about the last years of WWI poet Edward Thomas, his friendship with Robert Frost and the poetry scene of that time. It will keep me busy for a few months.This years favourite non-fiction Adam Nicolson's The Smell of Summer Grass(Vita Sackville-West's grandson):about the restoration of his house and the landscape around it,Perch Hill Farm.


Forgot to mention that a teaser about a biography based on letters from teachers, beginning with a train journey in 1916 has all the right ingredients for me:) Another one for my wishlist!


Probably a cycling travelogue by Anne Mustoe - Amber, Furs and Cockleshells. But two books of essays by Clive James were also very good. Weirdly for me I have six library books out at the moment and all but one are non-fiction.


My favorite non-fiction read of the year is In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I highly recommend it.


I have been reading more non-fiction this summer and enjoying it. The best I have read is entitled Northern Light by Roy MacGregor; it is about the Canadian artist Tom Thomson, his life and mysterious death in the Canadian wilderness of 1917. We have a cottage in the area where he painted and died and it is fascinating to read about locations I know, and how people lived around here nearly a hundred years ago. The book you discuss today will go on my library request list.


I love non-fiction and probably read more of it than fiction, mostly biographies and collected letters. I loved Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation (funny and smart), and a collection of Joseph Mitchell's pieces from the New Yorker in the 30s and 40s (just some wonderful stuff in there) collected as Up in the Old Hotel. I am reading Eudora Welty's letters to William Maxwell right now and I need a pad of paper next to me to write down all the stories and books I want to read because she mentions them.


This sounds rather good. I hope you do finish it because I am curious now.


Iris--When your reading intersects with your studies you don't always get to read exactly what you'd like! This does sound good and I am going to give it a go--also seems like quite easy reading. Thanks for the kind comment--I think I cheat a little on teaser posts as it gives me a chance to chatter on about what I'm reading! :)
Catharina--You always have such good reading suggestions to give me. I'll be looking them all up! I don't read much poetry but I do love Robert Frost--I will have to check out that first book in particular. And I am drawn to this book especially thanks to the year it is about!
Cath--I rarely get NF books out from the library, though this happens to be one. Will have to look up the cycling travelogue--I love travel stories and am curious where the book is set.
Kathleen--Someone else recommended one of Larson's other books to me--I really must give him a try--and see if my library has this new one by him, thanks!
Cathy--I usually read more NF than what I have this year. So much sounds so good and then I let whatever I have languish on my night table. I do like the sound of Northern Light--even if I am not familiar with the location I love reading about artists and that era. It would be cool, however, to read about a place you are familiar with!
AJ--I really like NF, but I seem to be the reverse--always reaching for a novel over any other book. At least this year! I have yet to read any of Sarah Vowell's books but have heard good things about her. And I really want to read that book of letters between Maxwell and Welty--one perhaps to buy as I think it is a chunky book and I bet it would take me ages to read. I also have that Mitchell book--it also looks good. See, so many wonderful NF books that I want to read...must get to them (and I own the Mitchell, too!).
Kailana--Okay, you guys have convinced me--will give this one a good try. I bet it will grab me once I get into the book.


I've just started two non-fiction reads, The Hare with Amber Eyes, which will be great, I think, but requires a fair amount of concentration. And The Damnation of John Donellan, which is this year's Mr Whicher, true crime about a dodgy trial that took place in Georgian England. It's shaping up very well, too!


My non-fiction pick of the year so far is Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman. Really wittily written and quite hysterically funny. I also enjoyed Franny Moyle's Constance [the life of Oscar Wilde's wife - so sad]. Steven Johnson's Ghost Map was excellent. I loved Nella Last's War too.


I read about this book in the NYT and already had it on my TBR list. Sounds really interesting. I love books that explore how people live(d) in other times and cultures.

I read a lot of non-fiction of varying types, so here are my favorites this year: It's Not That I'm Gina Barreca (funny essays); Life is a Verb, by Patti Digh (sort of motivational/self help-y, but lots of fun); 84 Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury St., by Helene Hanff; Travelling With Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor...I could go on. One of my favorite-of-all-times NF books is 50 Acres and a Poodle, by Jean Marie Laskas. It just seems to resonate with me, and I reread it every so often. to find some that suits you.


This sounds like it has potential! I hope it lives up to it. I am currently in the midst of what is turning out to be my favorite nonfiction read of the year so far, The Informatin by James Gleick.

Liz Paulk

Some good non-fictions for me have been The Secrets of Mariko: A year in the Life of a Japanese Housewife and her family - Elisabeth Bumiller. Another good one is Spook by Mary Roach, a science writer who writes about weird topics like living in space and dead people. (Wicked sense of humor. Highly recommend her work.) Cinderella Ate my Daughter by Peggy Orenstein - about how the Princess/pink culture affects our girls very young. (I don't have kids but thought this was v interesting all the same.) The Genius Factory by David Plotz - about the Nobel Prize winner sperm bank that was started in the US a while ago. (Interesting.)
The Warmest Room in the House - Steven Gdula (history of the role of kitchen over the years - sounds bizarre but v interesting.) Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation - Elissa Stein and Susan Kim. (Really interesting and funny. Quite amazing as well in some ways.)

Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer about the splinter group of fundamental Mormons who used the bible as excuse for killing people. As Nature Made Him - John Colpatino - about a baby boy who meets with an accident concerning his genitals and has to grow up a girl. (All about the Nurture/Nature debate etc.)

Women's history: A Woman's Place: 1910-1975 - fascinating look at women's rights and history in UK.

There are more, of course, but I don't want to overwhelm you. :-)

Happy reading. (I love pioneer books so have made a note of your suggestion. Thanks!)

liz in texas


I think I've only read one non-fiction this year but it was a good one--Wendy McClure's The Wilder Life which is about her immersion in the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. She went to visit the sites described in the books, the museums, cooked the food described in the books, and connected with other LIW fans.

As someone who read those Little House books more than once, it was fun to live vicariously through someone who did all those things I wanted to do as a LIW fan.


Litlove--I've heard good things about the first book, and would like to read it at some point--the second is new to me and going on to my wishlist. If it is as good as Mr Whicher then I'll certainly have to seek it out.
Bibliolathas--I could do with a hysterically funny book about now so will have to look the Moran up! I had no idea that Oscar Wilde had a wife--I bet that book must make for interesting reading. My library has Nella Last's War--I've already eyed that one, and now I will have to go look up Ghost Map as well--thanks for the suggestions!
Kathy--I should look the NYT review up--I'm curious to know what they thought of Nothing Daunted. I've also read those two Hanff books and loved them, but the rest are new to me and I'll be looking them all up. I need to vary my NF reading, too. Thanks for the suggestions--lots of good ideas there!
Stefanie--The Gleick sounds like the perfect book for you considering your Library Science studies! It sounds good to me, too, so now I must look it over a little more carefully.
Liz--Thanks! Loads of interesting sounding books for me to check out. I've actually got that Bumiller book (as yet unread), and I have read some of John Krakauer's books--though not that one--but the rest are new to me. It looks as though you are a fan of nonfiction--I like 'off the beaten tracks' sorts of books like so many of these seem. This year has just not been my year for nonfiction so I need a little kick start I think.
CHH--I read a very positive review of The Wilder Life a while back and now it pops up again. I've not read any LIW for years but I loved those books. This sounds like a must read for fans. I will have to add it to my list as well--I really should reread a few of those Little House books while I'm at it, too.

Liz F

I have been out of the office, initially for work and then over a long holiday weekend when I try and avoid computers so I am just catching up now.
Love the sound of this book! I grew up watching the vintage Western series like The Virginian and that left me with a lifelong fascination with the American West.
I'm guessing that I will have to save up for and buy this one as the library don't have it but I think it will be worth waiting for.
Haven't read much NF this year - it's been a funny year and my reading has been all over the place - but I did read and enjoy The Hare with Amber Eyes and Courtiers by Lucy Worsley about Kensington Palace which is a fascinating picture of life behind the scenes of the Georgian court.


I haven't read much nonfiction this year, but I absolutely loved
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier. It's sprawling and fascinating and funny and full of detail and life. Part of it's about a trans-Siberian road trip, but it's also about other trips Frazier has taken to Siberia, plus more general Siberian history.

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