Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 and I’ll make a sincere effort to insure that the bagels actually show up – although those cinnamon buns were pretty tasty. Subject is non-fiction. Looking forward to March – which will be our final session of this series – when we will be open to all subjects – get ready to share your favorite books of all time with us.
I am really looking forward to hearing what titles you have to suggest since non-fiction isn’t my first reading choice and I am sure there is much out there that I shouldn’t be missing. But I do have a few that I have really enjoyed.
First two: House by Tracy Kidder and Walden by Jeffrey Cramer. Kidder is an excellent writer and his titles span a wide range of topics. This one is about the building of a house in Amherst. One of his best known is Mountains Beyond Mountains which is about Paul Farmer’s work – much of it in Haiti. Walden is a lovely annotated edition by a local author.
David is very well known for his biographies but this title is a little different – it is the story of the building of the Panama Canal – not, as most of his are not, a short read.
Dava Sobel is the author of one of my favorite non-fiction titles – Longitude – an absolute gem of a book. In this one she looks at Galileo’s daughter who was sent to a nunnery – a look at the options open to brilliant women in that time period
If you are a birder and you are obsessed and willing to spend a year of your time and lots of money, you can attempt to see more bird species than anyone else in a single year. I don’t think the winner gets anything except bragging rights but this is a fairly light read – made into an amusing movie with Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black and John Cleese.
My final suggestion is an unusual biography by Peter Ackroyd – instead of writing about a person he is giving you the biography of an entire city. It’s a slightly different = and interesting – take on history.
Our February meeting will be on February 22 when we will be talking about non-fiction titles – lots of them listed from our January meeting if you are looking for suggestions. Another way to approach non-fiction is biographies or memoirs (we can talk about how much fiction creeps into memoirs). Hope to see you there.