Archive for category Non-fiction

The Men who Stare at Goats – Jon Ronson

The Men who Stare at Goats is the book which inspired the movie with Ian McEwan and George Clooney.

If you thought the movie was disjointed, you’ll want to give the book a pass.

Well, I enjoyed the movie, more or less, so I decided to give this book a try.  It is chronologically all OVER the place. I could not keep track of who, why, or when. Did he drop his index cards down the stairs, and then just arrange the chapters as he found them?

The individual stories are amusing, but I put it down before finishing with a strong sense of ‘so what’?

I don’t know whether this is really meant to be non-fiction, or if it’s a mockumentary.  So, I can’t even recommend it as a conversation piece.

See the movie instead.

 

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Here’s a rare one for you – non-fiction.

Cells from a young black woman, dying of cervical cancer, become the first successfully propagated human cell culture. Virtually immortal.

This is the story of Henrietta, her family and the author’s journey to collecting their stories.

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The Stuff of Thought – Steven Pinker

The Stuff of Thought – Language as A Window into Human Nature is a non-fiction linguistics book.

It’s kinda cool, but turns into rather hard slogging.

I wonder why my library even has this? Not that I am complaining, but it seems rather esoteric.

 

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