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Sun, Aug. 22nd, 2004, 09:13 am
megancrewe: Seeking recommendations

I'm going on a bit of a non-fiction kick, and I'm looking for suggestions. I'd particularly like to read accounts of different cultures and societies, anthropological or historical, anything that gives a vivid picture of life in another time and/or place. Non-fiction tends to be a bit hard for me, so the more lively and engaging the narrative, the better.

Anyone?

mlc

Tue, Aug. 24th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
elmer_elephant

memoirs of a geisha by arthur golden
the greatest book i have ever read!!

Wed, Aug. 25th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
winter_ice

I got a couple of books I can lend out. Got a biography on a Buddhist nun called Cave in the Snow. A good retelling of an actual case in France some time back is The Return of Martin Guerre. I enjoyed both and neither are classified as fiction.

I also have a couple of actual ehtnograhies, but those are heavier reading. :)

Fri, Aug. 27th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
megancrewe

If you wouldn't mind, could you bring them along to the next meeting so I can have a look at them and see if they're the sort of thing I had in mind? They certainly sound interesting. :)

Sun, Aug. 29th, 2004 02:41 am (UTC)
yelenavirago: My Broken Record Response - Oliver Sacks

Of course, Island of the Colourblind. Out of print now, but Amazon's got 13 copies. Combines Sacks' compelling narrative style with an in-depth examination of how genetics, culture and environment, come together in what was once one of the more remote corners of the world. Of course, anything by Sacks is engaging and interesting, but "Island" is by far the better of his longer works. "Awakenings" was written long before Sacks came into his own as a writer, and tends to be dry and terminology-ridden. Definitely not as accessible as his later works.

As for other non-fic, Sacks is only author I read religiously; any other non-fic selections fall into the "looks interesting" category. Recently purchased (on Friday) from Coles was "DNA" by James Watson, which appears to be an illustrated guide to the history of the discovery of the double helix. (Says a lot for how low I've sunk on the "free time to burn" scale, when a science book purchase has pictures, eh? ;D) Can't find a link for it on Chapters or Amazon, but I bought it at the Coles in Square One, and there were several copies, so a Coles near you is likely to have them in stock. (Can't find a website for them, either.) I'll let you know what it's like.

Sad to say, it's my first non-fiction purchase that hasn't been a computer- or IT-related book since circa 1998. And meanwhile, the "to be read" pile grows ever-higher.....

Velvet

Sun, Aug. 29th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
yelenavirago: Re: My Broken Record Response - Oliver Sacks

Forgot to add, before I hit "Submit" - I'd also be perfectly happy to lend you my copy of "Island". I'll bring it to the next meeting.

Velvet

Sat, Sep. 4th, 2004 09:36 pm (UTC)
enosuomynona: non-fiction with a kicker

Days of the Maya by Richard Wright - well researched, but fiction... it could be an anthrpological treatise, though.
Or - try Levi Brule (I'm not sure of the spelling - he's a social anthropologist.
I will sned you some other tiltles later...

Wed, Nov. 10th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
elluminato

I like books by adeline yen-mah, perhaps a book ' Dragon Empress' by seagrave I think. One more book into chinese culture. I think 'The Good Woman of China'. I particularly liked the last one, very touching

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/content/articles/2004/10/12/xinran_feature.shtml

Yes, and memoirs of a geisha is really good.

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
jamaicaboy: i am supernatural and hee but a moment.

telepathic orgasm is the eay of the future. 281-387-8930 is a number if you want to know more about the future. we are the space age.