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Old 06-20-2009, 11:22 AM
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Location: Glendale Country Club
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Searched and didn't find any threads for non-fiction. I would like to start a discussion that would include any non-fiction catetory. I like to broaden my horizons by reading books that ordinarily I would not pick up unless someone recommends them. My friends recommendations are always very good. I can hardly wait to see what is posted from CDF members!!!

Non-fiction I've read or checked out from the library recently include

* Writing for Your Life, Deana Metzger - in process
* Zen Arthitecture, The Building Process as Practice, Paul Discoe
* Remote Viewing, The Complete User's Manual...David Morehouse, PhD
(have not read read...just thumbed through it for now)
* Prospering Woman, Ruth Ross PhD
* Chakra Workout for Body Mind & Spirit, Blawyn and Jones
* The Language of Letting Go, Melodie Beattie (ongoing favorite)
* Wright Rooms, Spencer Hart (book on Frank Lloyd Wright's interiors)
*Best-Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and The Rockies, Cattail Bob Sebeck
I live near Cattail Bob and took his all day class. It was very good.
*The Dynamic Laws of Healing, Catherine Ponder (ongoing favorite)
*The Raw Food Revolution, Cherie Soria

All for now...counting on y'all to fill in the gaps




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Old 06-20-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I loved The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It's a fascinating story of the planning of the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 and a parallel story of a serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims. Great social history, architectural history and criminal psychology.
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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"On Writing" by Stephen King.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:26 PM
 
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Richard Preston's books. I've read "The hot zone" and "The cobra event".
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I like non-fiction by Nathaniel Philbrick and Mark Bowden, as well as bios by James McPherson. I also liked "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand and "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I enjoy Jon Krakauer's books. He got his start as a writer for Outside magazine. I recommend Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven and Into Thin Air.

Also a big fan of Halberstam's non-fiction.
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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An Unexpected Light

Into Thin Air

Three Cups of Tea

Cast a Giant Shadow

Charlie Wilson's War

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Beautiful Boy
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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The only "recent" non-fiction books I have read are 'Dreams From My Father', 'The Audacity Of Hope' and 'Change We Can Believe In', all by Barack Obama. I had several reasons for wanting to read them, the first being to learn something about the man who had just been elected president. (Got the books right after the election) Secondly, I wanted the books so I could find the so-called 'quotes' that were floating around the internet and counter the misquoting with the facts.
Whether you voted for Obama or not, these books are a good read.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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"Civilisations" by Felipe Fernandez Armesto
"South" by Ernest Shackelton ( the most amazing story of endurance and survival ever IMO)
"The Ascent of Man" by J Bronowski
"A History of Britain" by Simon Schama
"The Blind watch-maker" by Richard Dawkins
"The Ancestor's Tale" by Richard Dawkins
"Conversations with Carl Sagan" by Tom Head
"Leonardo the First Scientist" by Michael White
"Brunelleschi's Dome" by Ross King
"Cave Art- a guide to the decorated Ice Age caves of Europe" by Paul Bahn
"Timebends" by Arthur Miller ( his auto-biography)
" The Republic" by Plato
"Lost city of the Incas" by Hiram Bingham
" Legacy" by Michael Wood
"In the Footsteps of Alexander" by Michael Wood
"From Lucy to Language" by by Donald Johanson and Blake Edgar
"The Innocent Anthropologist", "A Plague of Caterpillars" by Nigel Barley
"The Slave trade" by Hugh Thomas
"Ancient Inventions" by by Peter James and Nick Thorpe
Anything by Paul Theroux
"The lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings" by David Drew
" A Russian Journal" by John Steinbeck
"Americans" by John Steinbeck
"Essays" by George Orwell
"Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck
"Realms of the Russian Bear" by John Sparks
"Wonderful Things" by Paul Bahn
"South with Endurance" ( The photographs of Frank Hurley who was the official photographer of Shackelton's expedition)
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:06 AM
 
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"The Fountain of Age" by Betty Friedan - yes, I know, some may not like her feminist inclinations in "The Feminine Mystique" - but, I came across this book on getting older, and thought that could be interesting, Betty Friedan dispelling myths of the invisible period in a woman's life... I just started reading it
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