Sept/Oct 2018 ~ What non-fiction books are we enjoying?
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by Leonard Eddison
(Kindle eBook/I decided to sample a coding book ~ the term "coding" is
all over the Internet these days)
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
Parts of the book have started to leak out today ~ WOW.
I've also started Gods, Voices and the Bicameral Mind: The Theories of Julian Jaynes. I read Julian Jayne's original book many years ago and consider his theories most interesting. I considered rereading it but decided to read this series of essays instead. I'll probably read it slowly while reading other less demanding books.
Between these three books ~ Fire & Fury/Unhinged/FEAR ~ it is impossible to ignore the dysfunction of this White House. The long-term caretakers of the building, its "renters" and the grounds must be mortified.
Being a huge movie fan, when I saw this at the bookstore, I knew I had to buy this book and I was not disappointed. The two met in New York as stage actors and became friendly and ended up as roommates. This book follows them through that period to the end of their lives even discussing their time in the military during WWII and their movie and stage careers. So interesting, this will be one of my top books this year.
Laurie Gwen Shapiro
This is the wonderful true story about William "Billy" Gawronski, a young man who longs to go to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd who had a soft spot in his heart for stowaways. After 3 attempts to hide on the boat, he has been allowed to stay and work on one of the ships on the trip doing odd jobs. Shapiro does a very nice job writing about Gawronksi through his life and highlighting the time period which included the beginning of the Great Depression that rocks Gawronski’s life and the lives of millions of people.
Travel editor/writer Mark Adams who along with John Leivers, who had explored the Andes before, take off on a unique trip to Peru exploring the region, following the travels of Harvey Bingham’s (an early explorer of Peru who claimed to have discovered Machu Picchu). He also discusses the history of Peru. I found it very interesting and informative especially the information on Bingham.
by Liao Yiwu
Liao Yiwu interviews the citizens of China about life in China following the rise of Mao and beyond. The chapters highlight the jobs these people held and the changes that the revolution had on their lives. It is a sad book about the way the people of China were treated by their government and their fellow citizens who were forced to turn in their neighbors for any offences perceived whether true or not. Disturbing content but well-written.
I'm now reading the very interesting How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. Published in 2004, the book seems already out of date on some issues. But I am enjoying it and learning from it nevertheless.