Category Archives: Non-fiction

On the Map, by Simon Garfield; Because I Said So!, by Ken Jennings; Consider The Fork, by Bee Wilson

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Three non-fiction books.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

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A fiction adventure that will make you want to learn about typography, and a non-fiction book to teach you about it.

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Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich: 2/5

Good for: People who have never worked a cruddy job, nor known anyone who has, because behind how annoying Ehrenreich is there is an important …

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Bossypants, by Tina Fey: 4/5

Good for: Anyone looking for a laugh! This is not a deep, introspective memoir. Tina Fey isn’t baring …

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The Long Run, by Matt Long with Charles Butler: 3/5

Good for: Someone in need of inspiration—whether to get through a personal struggle or …

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The Two Kinds of Decay, by Sarah Manguso: 2/5

Good for: People who like tales of painful adolescence, I suppose. I did not greatly enjoy this story; it didn’t tell me why I should …

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot: 5/5

Good for: Everybody (old enough to be interested). This book is excellent in so many ways: it draws you into its human story; it teaches you about science, biology, and medicine …

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