Greetings & Salutations Dear Readers!
Welcome to my *NEW* Friday series! Each week I’ll be featuring 10 Nonfiction Books with a common theme or subgenre. This week I’m celebrating the deep and powerful relationship between a book and reader.
Books can comfort and enlighten, connect us to the people around us and those we have never met, or even lead to love ❤️.
Books can change our perspective, give us courage and companionship, provide the perfect plot twist or slice of reality that makes us laugh or cry. If a book isn’t doing one of these things for you, then it isn’t doing its job, amirite?!
To all the book lovers out there, these nonfiction books will be sure to appeal to your reader’s heart.
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- The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe 6/4/13 Vintage During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time–and an informal book club of two was born.
- The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud 12/30/14 Penguin Books To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote.
- The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time by David L. Ulin 9/4/18 Sasquatch Books The former LA Times book critic expands his short book, rich in ideas, on the consequence of reading to include the considerations of fake news, siloed information, and the connections between critical thinking as the key component of engaged citizenship and resistance.
- Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age by Dennis Duncan 2/15/22 WW Norton
- In Praise of Good Bookstores by Jeff Deutsch 4/5/22 Princeton University Press – In the age of one-click shopping, this is no ordinary defense of bookstores, but rather an urgent account of why they are essential places of discovery, refuge, and fulfillment that enrich the communities that are lucky enough to have them.
- Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge by Richard Ovenden 5/3/22 Belknap Press
- Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life by Heather Cass White 7/5/22 Picador Books Promiscuously Read is about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives. It advocates for a life of constant, disorderly, time-consuming reading, and encourages readers to trust in the value of the exhilaration and fascination such reading entails.
- How to Read Now: Essays by Elaine Castillo 7/26/22 Viking – How to Read Now explores the politics and ethics of reading, and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not just with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and entangled histories.
- Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami 11/8/22 Knopf In this engaging book, the internationally best-selling author and famously private writer Haruki Murakami shares with readers his thoughts on the role of the novel in our society; his own origins as a writer; and his musings on the sparks of creativity that inspire other writers, artists, and musicians.
- Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers by Emma Smith 11/15/22 Knopf From disrupting the Western myth that the Gutenberg Press was the original printing project, to the decorative gift books that radicalized women to join the anti-slavery movement, to paperbacks being weaponized during World War II, to a book made entirely of plastic-wrapped slices of American cheese, Portable Magic explores how, when, and why books became so iconic.
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