Nonfiction recommendation: Reading to a 92-year old blind lady
April 5, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
Please recommend interesting, well-written and easy-reading nonfiction books
posted by eisenl to Society & Culture (38 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I visit and read to a 92-yo blind lady every week for an hour, but I am having a difficulty choosing the reading material.
She asked me to bring my own books but only nonfiction. She is intelligent and clear-minded, but not highly educated. She has been blind for a long time, and gets tired of materials that are too deep or complicated.
So far the books that we have tried and failed are:
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau: Too deep and serious
- Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov: Too difficult to follow
- Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb: Too old and difficult to follow
- A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton: Too philosophical
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: Too dark
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: This has been the most successful - we finished up to Chapter 2. The anecdotes, interesting ideas and analysis, and easy and compelling narrative style helped. But she got tired of the book by Chapter 3..
I am looking for something
- EASY: written for the general public and readable without much mental concentration
- In parts: not in the style of the whole book in one long, drawn-out theme / story
- Entertaining and interesting
- But still something that is well-written and not "silly" or dumbed down
I am considering
- Short stories, although these are fictions
- Something in the line of Chiken Soup for the Soul..?
- Newspaper or magazine articles that are simply written and interesting. Maybe some women's magazines Like O Magazine..? May require searching for new materials every week.
She has been living in a care facility for a long time, and she doesn't have family or a lot of friends. She doesn't do most of the things that most people do. I want to read to her something that she will enjoy, but also something that could bring her new and interesting ideas, without being overwhelming.