For various reasons, I've become interested in Mexican history. Can you recommend good books that cover the pre-Colonial and Colonial eras (or any other interesting period)? I want something that's reasonably entertaining, if it exists. Interesting histories of Brazil would be cool too. Thanks!
What is considered to be the best non-fiction of recent years? [more inside]
What are the Sarah Vowell/Mary Roach/John Ronson books of world history? [more inside]
I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies. [more inside]
To writers: how do you consider questions of which form in which to express your ideas - short story, essay, novel, poem, even unconventional forms like very short fiction or experimental plotless fiction or aphorism collection or blog posts (to the extent they're their own thing)? Are there any good articles or books that wrestle with this dilemma?
Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
Seeking your top shelf recommendations for excellent books about sports. If you've read (and liked) David Halberstam, H.G. Bissinger, or John Feinstein, your recommendations are particularly helpful. Picky details below the fold. [more inside]
Any suggestions for gripping historical non-fiction books? [more inside]
I'm doing some shallow research on Christianity, its development and its place in popular life throughout time. Please help me find outstanding books on this subject! [more inside]
recommend a book: I'm currently interested in nonfiction books on conspiracies, organized crime, corruption, secrecy, diplomacy, government misbehavior, etc.
I'm currently interested in nonfiction books on conspiracies, organized crime, corruption, secrecy, diplomacy, government misbehavior, etc. and recently, I learned about Cointelpro on Hardcore History. Can you recommend interesting books on similar topics? [more inside]
I have a journalism background and an idea for a non-fiction book that is biographical in nature. This would be my first attempt at writing a book of any kind. What should I know before beginning this process (other than it will take up all of my time and I'll likely never see a dime from it)? Suggestions specific to non-fiction writing appreciated. [more inside]
What are the "rules" for "God told me...," "The voice of god," and other hard to believe personal experiences in creative non-fiction writing? [more inside]
Recommendations for stories about the mentor/protege dynamic that are sexy. Bonus points if both parties are female. [more inside]
I'm looking for books, nonfiction or fiction, that accurately and effectively discuss, portray, and/or meditate on the condition of specifically children, or perhaps more broadly families, being poor. Any ethnicity or cultural group, although I am primarily interested in relatively contemporary narratives, 1950 or later, more or less. [more inside]
Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language? [more inside]
Is there an app that can help me take notes, tag them by topic, then export my notes by tag while retaining information about their source? [more inside]
Does anyone remember this book, or the controversial argument at its core? It would have been published in the late 1990's, and argued that blue eyed candidates got the job more often than thier brown eyed peers- a friend mentioned the book, which I vaguely remember, but neither one of us can find a title or author. Help!
Writing a nonfiction book. I am a total quote whore. How much am I allowed to quote from my sources directly if I get this published? [more inside]
How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
Unique approaches to nonfiction storytelling. In Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler tells the saga of how a strange museum came into being. He interweaves stories of the museum's founder with stories of the artifacts displayed. The effect is a comfortable narrative of seemingly diverse and difficult topics. What are some other narrative strategies for relating an informative and entertaining nonfiction story? I'm not looking for book recommendations but details of interesting and accessible approaches to odd material that may be biographical.
Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
I'm reading (and really enjoying) The Glass Castle, and my wife and are about to have our first kid. What other memoirs or non-fiction books should I read that focus on parenting, raising kids in unorthodox ways, or just plain unique families?
What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
It is a sad thing to realize that your primary history source of late is trashy romance novels. Help me fix this. [more inside]
Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
NonFiction Filter: How come text in some published (non-fiction) texts is so poorly constructed? Why are bad examples not removed in the process of getting a book published? Is it down to cost, time, author's prerogative? (I include an example inside) [more inside]
Favorite non-fiction audiobooks? [more inside]
What books can you recommend that do for their subject what 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' does for science i.e. cover a broad topic in an entertaining and engaging way which is easy for the layperson to understand? I am interested in improving my General Knowledge and want to build a little library of similar books covering topics such as art, film, geography, history, literature, music, philosophy etc. [more inside]
What are some good books by or about videogame designers? [more inside]
Recommend a nonfiction book (or article/essay/shorter piece) that theorizes what life is like now with present internet (and, bonusly, smartphone) technology. [more inside]
Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies. [more inside]
Help me find good non-fiction graphic novels for an ESL reader. [more inside]
Nonfiction book recommendations for books that both 1) explain the why behind things and 2) list specific things that you can do to learn the idea (not just “read along with me). [more inside]
I love the Great Game. What books capture the adventure and romance of this historical period? [more inside]
Recommend me some immersive, journalistic non-fiction books. [more inside]
Good books on black Civil Rights activists, particularly the Black Panthers? Looking for you smart people to recommend well-written, engaging, thoughtful analysis of the struggle for racial justice in the U.S. for someone born in the 70's. [more inside]
Please recommend books for a 15-year-old who loves acting. [more inside]
I just finished reading The Starship and the Canoe, and I'm craving more long-form nonfiction pieces like it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it?
Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it? [more inside]
Is there a term for travel accounts of explorers, both fictional and real-life? Also, tell me some of your favorites. [more inside]
I want to listen to a good, persuasive argument. I'm looking for nonfiction audio books in which the author makes strong factual arguments for or against a certain point of view. Particulars inside. [more inside]
Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
Best corporate biographies? [more inside]
Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
Wanted: Stories of leaving it all behind (family, relationships, work, obligations etc) and traveling to a remote place for peace, to think and/or escape society. [more inside]
Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
I'm looking for book recommendations for essays that are observations of mundane things in life. [more inside]
Can you help me sort through the overwhelming choices in Windows based note-taking software? [more inside]