Gift Guide 2010 #11 – Non-Fiction Books

I’m itching to get my hands on some new non-fiction books this Christmas. These books are on my list:

  1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Laura Hillenbrand is a fantastic author. Seabiscuit is one of my all time favorites. I also love her essay about overcoming cronic fatigue syndrome.)
  2. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (Three of you have already ordered this book through one of my links. Thanks!)
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  4. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (I read this book a few weeks ago. Lewis has the gift of being able explain complicated money stuff, while writing compelling character studies.)
  5. Just Kids by Patti Smith (She’s just so cool.)
  6. Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith (I really loved her essay on Facebook this year.)

3 thoughts on “Gift Guide 2010 #11 – Non-Fiction Books

  1. Current non-fiction reading: What Hath God Wrought; The Making of the Georgian Nation; Trotsky (Robert Service). Likely soon, if I don’t get too distracted by new books (as I did with Michael Lewis’ The Blind Side), The Whisperers by Orlando Figes, Post War by Tony Judt, City of Oranges by Adam LeBor and Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North. None of these are in the least bit timely. (I may take up Natasha’s Dance before The Whisperers, since I still haven’t read it, despite buying it when it was new.)


  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the best non-fiction book I’ve read this year. Amazing job of research and endlessly discussable on many levels. Great book!


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