Nina's Reading Blog

Comments on books I am reading/listening to

My To Read List: Nonfiction

  • Applewhite, Ashton: This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism (2016 WP)
  • Berman, Ari, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
  • Bird, Lydia, Sonnet: One Woman’s Voyage from Maryland to Greece
  • Brechneff, Christian, The Greek House: The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Greek Island of Sifnos (rec. by Susan Murphy)
  • Brill, Steven, America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System (rec. by Julie) Cf also article in the Wash. Post.
  • Brinkley, Douglas, Cronkite (biography)
  • Carmon, Irin & Shana Knizhnik: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Carson, Rachel, Silent Spring
  • Cohen, Cole, Head Case (memoir)
  • Coyle, Diane, GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History
  • Dawkins, Richard
    • The Blind Watchmaker
    • The Selfish Gene
    • Unweaving the Rainbow
  • Donvan, John and Caren Zucker, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism
  • Dreisinger, Baz: Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World 2016
  • Eagleton, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • Easterly, William, The Tyranny of Experts
  • Ebadi, Shirin: Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran
  • Fasnan, Ladyfingers and Nun’s Tummies
  • Feynman, Richard: Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character (includes Surely You’re Joking…; What Do You Care…;  a CD of Feynman talking about “Los Alamos from Below” and more)
  • Fong, Kevin, Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the 20th Century
  • Ford, Ian and Stephanie Hamilton, A Field Guide to Earthlings: An Autistic/Asperger View of Neurotypical Behavior
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big Magic
  • Ginsberg, Ruth Bader: My Own Words
  • Gleick, James: Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (Ottaviani: like Mehra’s biog but with less emphasis on the physics)
  • Godfrey-Smith, Peter: Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (FSG 2016) (Wash Post rev 1/17)
  • Goodwin, Jason:
    • A Time for Tea: Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea; On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul
  • Harari, Yuval Noah: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • Hepburn, Stephanie & Rita J. Simon: Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Isaacson, Walter, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Jen, Gish: The Girl at the Baggage Claim  (how Chinese students get to the US)
  • Johnson, Steven, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
  • Kasris, Ronnie, The Unlikely Secret Agent (biography of Eleanor Kasris, who fought against Apartheid in her adopted country S. Africa)
  • Kean, Sam
    • The Disappearing Spoon
    • The Violinist’s Thumb
  • Kersten, Holger, Jesus Lived in India: His Unknown Life Before and After the Crucifixion
  • King, Gilbert: Devil in the Grove (Thurgood Marshall’s case of mistaken rape)
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
  • Kondo, Marie, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • Kozol, Jonathan, The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father, One Day at a Time
  • Krauss, Lawrence M. Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science (review)
  • Lear, Linda,  Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
  • Leighton, Ralph: Tuva or Bust (about Feynman’s obsession to get to Tuva)
  • Li, Yiyun, Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life (memoir)
  • Lyman, Robert: Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle
  • Manseau, Peter: One Nation Under God
  • Mehra, Jagdish: The Beat of a Different Drum: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (Ottaviani’s favorite biog of Feynman)
  • Mlodinow, Leonard: The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos (history of science)
  • Morrow, Susan Brind, The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert
  • Newkirk, Thomas, Holding on to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literary Principles Worth Fighting For
  • Norgren, Jill, Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating  Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers
  • Norris, Mary: Between You and Me–Confessions of the Comma Queen
  • Pang, Alex Soo-jung-kim: The Distraction Addiction
  • Parker, Barry, Search for a Super Theory: From Atoms to Superstrings (Plenum 1987)
  • Petit, Philippe: Creativity: The Perfect Crime
  • Petroski, Henry (author of The Pencil): The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure
  • Richardson, Heather Cox: To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party
  • Seen, Shulem, All Who Go Do Not Return A memoir of Hasidic life
  • Shaben, Carol: Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story
  • Shetterly: Hidden Figures
  • Shulman, Beth, The Betrayal of Work (recommended by Jean Choi)
  • Silberman, Steve, Neurotribes  (about the history of autism)
  • Silverman, Jacob: Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
  • Simon, Marie, Underground in Berlin
  • Simon, Scott: Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime
  • Slocum, Joshua: Sailing Alone Around the World
  • Souder, William, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
  • Stamper, Kory: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  • Sundaram, Anjam, Bad News: Journalists in a Dictatorship (Rwanda)
  • Tetro, Jason: The Germ Code and The Germ Files
  • Turner, James, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities rev. in Wash Post  8/21/14
  • Victor, Barbara, The Lady: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and Burma’s Prisoner
  • Weiner, Eric, The Geography of Genius
  • Weller, Sheila: Girls Like Us (Carole King, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell
  • Winch, Guy: Emotional First Aid (rec. by Nellie)

2 Responses to “My To Read List: Nonfiction”

  1. joan davidson said

    Well, I’ve read only two of the books on your unfathomable list
    l)Obama’s beautiful book—and it’s hard to believe youve not read it yet It is well-written, open, frank and extremely moving.
    2)Sue Orlean’s book, which is quite UNlike the film. Fortunately, I read the book before I saw the absurd movie. You will enjoy the book, though sometimes the “thief” is …dare I say “larger than lfe?” a bit unbelievable.

  2. Nina Liakos said

    Why unfathomable?

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