"Clever Title: City Name + Time Frame" = nonfiction delight
July 19, 2010 2:36 PM Subscribe
I recently read The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
and I realized how much I enjoy a certain subset of historical nonfiction -- basically, narratives set at a particular moment in a specific city as a way of exploring broader social-cultural history.
posted by scody to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 133 users marked this as a favorite
Others I've enjoyed include A Nervous Splendor
(my favorite), The Devil in the White City
, Eiffel's Tower
, etc. I am about to start reading Sin in the Second City
, and have The Ghost Map
on my wishlist. Please, Mefites, may I have some more?
I tend to gravitate toward the 1870s to the 1920s (i.e, the emergence of modernity following industrialization), but am certainly open to any time frame. Obviously, I particularly like intersections of science/technology, crime and scandal, popular culture, etc., but am open to broader topics of cultural and social history. I prefer narrative nonfiction over academic studies (unless they are unusually well-written and engaging). Thanks!