Book Club, Narrative Nonfiction
Consider this your invitation to read and discuss Narrative Nonfiction. We will not be reading cookbooks (though there may be a recipe or two.) No self-improvement books, (though you may find yourself changed for the better.) We will be reading across the genres of nonfiction, from history to adventure, memoir/biography and beyond. Please join us. We meet on the first Friday of the month at 10:00AM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room. Pick up a copy of the next book at the reference desk.
October 4, 2013
Agent Garbo: the brilliant, eccentric secret agent who tricked Hitler and saved D-Day by Stephan Talty
"Before he remade himself as the master spy known as Garbo, Juan Pujol was nothing more than a Barcelona poultry farmer. But as Garbo, he turned in a masterpiece of deception that changed the course of World War II. This pulse-pounding thriller set in the shadow world of espionage and deception reveals the shocking reality of spycraft that occurs just below the surface of history."
November 1, 2013
Finder’s Keepers: a tale of archaeological plunder and obsession by Craig Childs
"Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve and pauses to ask: to whom does the past belong? Written in his trademark lyrical style, this riveting book carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas & dark side of archaeology. "
December 6, 2013
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
"Candid and poetic, the first of Angelou's autobiographical accounts describes her growing up black in the South."
January 3, 2014
The Psychopath Test: a journey through the madness industry by Jon Ronson
"Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches him how to spot little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues."
February 7, 2014
Sea Change: alone across the Atlantic in a wooden boat by Peter Nichols
"More than the typical adventure tale, the story follows Nichols and his wife's journey on their small wooden boat, Toad, the dissolution of the marriage, and Nichols' solitary return during which he ponders sailing lore and the hidden truths of his marriage, and finally confronts survival.."
March 7, 2014
Past titles read with the Narrative Non-Fiction Book Group.
Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad (translated by Ingrid Christopher)
"In Afghanistan, just after the fall of the Taliban, a bookseller allowed a Western journalist to move into his home & experience his family's life in the newly liberated capital city of Kabul. From that act of openness emerges this remarkable book, an international best-seller -- the most intimate look yet at ordinary life for those who have weathered Afghanistan's extraordinary upheavals."