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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.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Sep 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Who are the interesting independent ebook publishers?

Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for family-focused memoirs

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?
posted by nitsuj on Jul 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

I require awesome history books plz

It is a sad thing to realize that your primary history source of late is trashy romance novels. Help me fix this. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Jun 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Escapist literature for a city girl from the south

Remember when I was on a food book kick? Now I need farm books! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jun 13, 2011 - 24 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Why is poorly constructed text published?

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]
posted by 92_elements on Apr 30, 2011 - 18 answers

Favorite non-fiction audiobooks?

Favorite non-fiction audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Apr 27, 2011 - 41 answers

Building a personal library for an autodidactic quiz buff

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]
posted by wannalol on Apr 27, 2011 - 35 answers

videogame books

What are some good books by or about videogame designers? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Theorizing internet-infused life

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]
posted by skwt on Apr 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies

Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Reading Recommendations Please.

Help me find good non-fiction graphic novels for an ESL reader. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Apr 3, 2011 - 23 answers

Help my inner geek: Find books to "go deep", learn new things/actively learn

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]
posted by Wolfster on Feb 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Buckle my swash in the 19th century....

I love the Great Game. What books capture the adventure and romance of this historical period? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Books that suck you in... TO REALITY

Recommend me some immersive, journalistic non-fiction books. [more inside]
posted by eggplantplacebo on Feb 14, 2011 - 53 answers

We want some education, justice and some damn peace.

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]
posted by crush-onastick on Feb 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Must-reads for stagestruck teen

Please recommend books for a 15-year-old who loves acting. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Jan 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Vivid Nonfiction

I just finished reading The Starship and the Canoe, and I'm craving more long-form nonfiction pieces like it. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jan 16, 2011 - 7 answers

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]
posted by lovableiago on Jan 7, 2011 - 10 answers

The explorer's life, depicted in words and pictures.

Is there a term for travel accounts of explorers, both fictional and real-life? Also, tell me some of your favorites. [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Dec 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Nonfiction audiobooks with a strong point of view

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]
posted by Bookhouse on Dec 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Want to read about fiascos

Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2010 - 25 answers

Greed is a good read

Best corporate biographies? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for magazines that publish enthralling nonfiction

Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 answers

How did others get away from it all.

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]
posted by nomadicink on Nov 3, 2010 - 48 answers

Looking for books about dirty cops

Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Observations of the mundane things in life

I'm looking for book recommendations for essays that are observations of mundane things in life. [more inside]
posted by lahersedor on Oct 27, 2010 - 21 answers

Can you recommend a Windows research aide?

Can you help me sort through the overwhelming choices in Windows based note-taking software? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Oct 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Books about the Indian Emergency?

Can anyone recommend a non-fiction book about the Indian Emergency period (1975-1977)? I know Rushdie's Midnight's Children uses it as a backdrop but I was looking for a more analytical non-fiction take.
posted by UncleBoomee on Oct 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to strike a deal with a publisher who likes my nonfiction book proposal?

The publisher likes my book proposal -- now what? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Books About Immense Character and Integrity

Suggestions for nonfiction books about people with immense character and integrity? [more inside]
posted by CZMR on Sep 22, 2010 - 16 answers

One person, one challenge?

Recommendations for nonfiction adventure books with one person facing a single overwhelming challenge? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me remember this book, please.

[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly) [more inside]
posted by patheral on Sep 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommendations for a modern "The Inland Sea"?

Loved "The Inland Sea" by Richie. Recommendations for something comparable set in modern Japan? The more recent the better. Bonus points for Kindle/iBooks availability.
posted by avoidance on Sep 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend me some old classic "New Yorker style" nonfiction that is still relevant and readable now.

Recommend me some classic "New Yorker style" nonfiction that's aged well and stayed readable. Special snowbookflakeworm within. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Aug 16, 2010 - 38 answers

Biographies of abstract thinkers wanted

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

"Clever Title: City Name + Time Frame" = nonfiction delight

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. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 19, 2010 - 31 answers

Nature Book!

Book recommendation! Need a gift, fast! Nonfiction or fiction, but must deal in some way with humanity's relationship with the natural environment. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 9, 2010 - 33 answers

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s?

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jun 30, 2010 - 28 answers

What's a really good, non-fiction book about a city?

BookRecommendationFilter: Where can I find another book like Maximum City by Suketu Mehta? [more inside]
posted by iktomi on Jun 18, 2010 - 7 answers

If Coetzee wrote true crime, how would it look?

Summer Reading-Filter: intelligent true crime? Essentially, I want all the gruesome pleasure of the content, without having to cringe through a sensationalistic treatment thereof. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 9, 2010 - 49 answers

They say it used to cost $5,000 to fly from NY to Paris

Help me learn what travel was like back in the day! [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on May 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Nonfiction for hipsters?

Good non-fiction books similar to Sarah Vowell? [more inside]
posted by hilaritas on May 6, 2010 - 19 answers

descriptions of accountants' lives?

[Accountancy Filter:] nonfiction about what it's like to be an accountant? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Punchy non-fiction with an educational bent?

If I enjoy the engaging (and frequently humorous) nonfiction and memoir of Stephen Fry, Mary Roach, and Bill Bryson, who else should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on Mar 10, 2010 - 26 answers

The chicken says, "Book?" and the frog says, "Read it."

I'm looking for suggestions for a "common read" book for a large public university. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 9, 2010 - 26 answers

Lexile numbers

How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me time travel

New Year's resolution: pick a different historical period each year and spend the year immersing myself in that time as much as possible. Help me decide the "when" and give me your suggestions of what to read and watch to learn as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

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