Posts tagged with nonfiction

May 7 2009

Fellow pop science geeks take note!

Oooooh, paleontologist Peter Ward (author of the awesome non-fiction book Out of Thin Air) is going to be appearing at the Burnside Powell's in Portland, Oregon next Monday. He's talking about hi...

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May 5 2009

The Two-Income Trap, by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi


I first heard Elizabeth Warren speak in 2003 during an interview with Michele Norris on NPR’s All Things Considered. Warren appeared on the show to discuss The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class...

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May 5 2009

Required Reading

I was reading an article in my Sunday paper about Las Vegas's dwindling water supply (apparently, water could fall below the existing pipe to Lake Mead by 2012, thereby cutting off 40 percent of t...

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Apr 10 2009

The Mighty Queens of Freeville, by Amy Dickinson


Amy Dickinson is the author of “Ask Amy”, an advice column that began in the Chicago Tribune in 2003 and now appears in more than 150 newspapers nationwide. In her bestselling memoir The Mighty Queens of Freeville...

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Apr 7 2009

The World Without Us... the movie?

Huh. According to, Fox Pictures has acquired the film rights to Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. They plan to transform the bestselling nonfiction title into "a fictional feature [film...

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Mar 20 2009

Rick Steves goes hardcore.

Heh. Okay, not really.Anyway, Salon has a fascinating interview up with the travel writer, who shares his feelings on Iran, ugly American stereotypes, and the decriminalization of marijuana. It ma...

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Mar 6 2009

Want to read a free chapter of Daniel Gross's Dumb Money?

Anyone interested in seeing the first chapter of Slate and NPR commentator Daniel Gross's new e-book Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation should send an e-mail to: du...

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Mar 4 2009

Public Enemies

Trailer's up for Public Enemies, Michael Mann's upcoming movie adaptation of Bryan Burrough's nonfiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34:Looks ...

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Mar 3 2009

Gimme Shelter, by Mary Elizabeth Williams

If, like me, you can't get enough of burst-housing-bubble news, Salon is currently featuring an excerpt from Mary Elizabeth Williams's Gimme Shelter. Williams, a freelance journalist, takes her re...

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Feb 26 2009

Pinching pennies

Judith Levine, author of the Wordcandy-approved (albeit with reservations) nonfiction book Not Buying It, posted an essay in Salon on Tuesday about the questionable virtue of thrift. I'm not sure ...

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Jan 20 2009

Inauguration Day Reading, Part II

Publishers have plenty of (unsolicited, but cute!) advice for Barack Obama, too:McSweeney's has published Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. This title, whi...

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Jan 20 2009

Inauguration Day Reading, Part I

Can't get enough inauguration news?Check out Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady. This book of poetry, advice, and letters to the brand-spanking-new First Lady (...

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Jan 8 2009

Near-sickening cuteness

Powell's Books is currently featuring the paperback book Sukie Iron-Ons in their New Favorites section, which means you can pick it up for 30% off of the cover price of $12.95. Sukie is a British ...

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Dec 24 2008

Das Kapital: the manga

News sources (well, The Rachel Maddow Show and the AP Wire) are all abuzz about the unexpected success of a fictionalized manga edition of Karl Marx's Das Kapital. The book hit Japanese bookstores...

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Nov 20 2008

Life After Oil, Part II

Remember our post on Luz, the webcomic about a girl living in a post-abundant-petroleum world? Well, if online comics aren't your thing, but you're still interested in literature about living in a...

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Nov 17 2008

Pricey! But also cool!

The new book-and-DVD set The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages might cost a whopping $60, but it looks totally awesome:More than 300 of the Times front pages have been reproduced in this bo...

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Nov 10 2008

We Interrupt this Broadcast, by Joe Garner


Effectively combining history, commentary, and audio recordings of actual news broadcasts, Joe Garner’s recently re-released We Interrupt This Broadcast is a far cry above the typical coffee-table...

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Oct 23 2008

Soul-crushing... but in a good way!

I heard about New York's "Cringe" gatherings on NPR about a year ago, but I've never been lucky enough to attend one (and, seeing as I'm something of a delicate flower, that's probably just as wel...

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Oct 1 2008

The Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough, by Assorted Authors


In 2006, inspired by an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, five young women decided to form a “money group”—a Weight Watchers-style support group to help them pay off their debt, start saving, and...

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Aug 27 2008

French Women Don't Get Fat: the movie

Yes, dear readers, Hollywood would like to make a movie (a romantic comedy, no less!) out of Mireille Guiliano's diet-advice hit French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret to Eating for Pleasure.My mi...

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Aug 6 2008

Vicarious thrift

I've spent most of today curled up with Amy Dacyczyn's The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle*. I was too young to be aware of Ms. Dacyczyn's Tightwad Ga...

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Aug 4 2008

Girls Like Us, by Sheila Weller


Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation is an unusual but highly satisfying end-of-summer read. The book is an ambitious attempt at a...

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Jul 31 2008

The Waiter rants for Powell's Books

Powell's guest blogger of the week is Steve Dublanica, a.k.a. "The Waiter", author of the book Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter and creator of the award-winning blo...

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Apr 11 2008

Where is the chihuahua?

My mother doesn't even like the title of this book (and I'm sure she's dreaded the time when I'm actually reading it, as I have a bad habit--inherited from her, by the way--of sharing every revolt...

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Apr 8 2008

Peace, Part II

Below is an excerpt from Barry Miles's Peace: 50 Years of Protest, reprinted with permission. Click here for our review of Mr. Miles's book."In the new century the peace symbol has been evident w...

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Mar 19 2008

Freeing Tibet

The BBC/NPR program The World aired an interview with novelist Eliot Pattison yesterday as part of a series of stories on the recent unrest in Tibet. I've never read one of Pattison's mysteries, ...

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Mar 13 2008

The Fug Girls are at Powell's

Well, kinda. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, creators of GoFugYourself are the guest bloggers this week for Sadly, they haven't talked much about books at this point (although ref...

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Feb 7 2008

Perfume: the true Hollywood story

My local NPR station had a great interview up this morning with Charles Burr, the New York Times perfume critic and author of The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New...

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Jan 17 2008

Curiosity vs. my delicate sensibilities

I've been tempted by a number of grim-looking books recently. They all seem to be creative and well-written, but there's no denying that they have a strong smell of "reading this book can only le...

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Nov 6 2007

Tales From the Teachers' Lounge, by Robert Wilder


Robert Wilder (author of the whimsical parenting book Daddy Needs a Drink) has written another book, and it’s just as funny, profanity-laden, and stomach-churning as his first. Tales From the Teachers’ Lounge is a series of humorous essays about the questionable joys of teaching...

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