Posts tagged with nonfiction

Feb 24 2010

Superheroes and Beyond, by Christopher Hart


Christopher Hart's Superheroes and Beyond: How to Draw The Leading and Supporting Characters of Today's Comics promises to provide "the knowledge necessary to create great comic book characters......

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Feb 2 2010

Like The Rules, but even sadder.

Huh. It turns out Lori Gottlieb's Marry Him: The Case for Settling For Mr. Good Enough isn't a joke. It's a real book (due out next week!), not just fodder for AustenBlog's "It worked so well fo...

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Jan 6 2010

Michael Pollan's costly advice

Okay, I like Michael Pollan, and I've heard good things about Food Rules, his "pocket compendium of food wisdom". But, dude: it costs eleven dollars. For a collection of sixty-four paragraphs. For...

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Jan 4 2010

Comic Book Design, by Gary Spencer Millidge


Gary Spencer Millidge's Comic Book Design offers readers a colorful and informative tour of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the creation and promotion of comic books. He delves into cons...

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Dec 31 2009

In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue, by Lauren Weber


Many bookstores celebrate the first of the year by promoting two kinds of titles: diet guides and books about finances—both subjects likely to find a wide audience in the weeks following a ho...

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Nov 17 2009

The darker side of Ikea?

Salon recently posted a very interesting Spiegel article about a tell-all book by Johan Stenebo, a former Ikea bigwig with quite the axe to grind. Sadly, I don't read Swedish and I have no idea ho...

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Nov 2 2009

I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon), by Richard Polsky


In early 2005, art dealer Richard Polsky decided to sell a small Andy Warhol "Fright Wig" painting for $375,000. The sale originally seemed like a success, but Polsky had misjudged his moment, bad...

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Aug 25 2009

Advertising run amok

So, as kind of a palate-cleanser after the orgy of fiction I've been reading lately, I picked up a copy* of Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky's Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consume...

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May 14 2009

Mystery solved

Speaking of movies, I've been wondering how Hollywood is going to turn Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller Blink into a movie, and now I know: they're going to ignore 99% of their source mate...

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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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