The case for nonfiction

March 11, 2014

Non-fiction often gets a bad rap. They’re the books you have you read, the ones you were assigned for class or work. Non-fiction titles don’t commonly have a reputation for being the sort of reading you can get lost in. According to Mary Wilkes Towner and Carol Inskeep of the Urbana Free Library, the idea that non-fiction is non-readable is a myth. This hour on Focus, they join Scott Cameron. We’re making the case for non-fiction. During this hour, we’ll talk about different kinds of non-fiction and the idea that what we read says something about us as a person. 

Since we know that lots of you are voracious readers, we wonder – do you prefer nonfiction? We’re working to compile a list of Focus fans’ favorite non-fiction titles, so please send us your favorites! We've compiled a list of good reads below. If you see somethihg missing, send it our way, and we'll add it!

Contine reading for our non-fiction reading list.

Good Non-fiction Reads recommended by Focus fans and the Urbana Free Library:

Memoir:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (recommended by @LisaBralts)

A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard 

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Life Itself by Roger Ebert (recommended by @urbanalibrary)

A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm by Robert Switzer

Life After Death by Damien Echols

 

Non-Fiction Graphic Novels:

Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John by Chester Brown

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie – A Talk of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

 

Food Books:

Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson – (recommended by @katester117)

 

Social Matters:

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman – (recommended by @lindseysmoon)

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Rodger Streitmatter

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard – (recommended by @stephdavidson)

Tom’s River by Tom Fagin (emailed suggestion from Vaneeta)

Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen (recommended by a caller)

 

Historical Reads:

The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell (recommended by WILL’s General Manager Chet Tomczyk)

The Lincoln Douglas Debates (recommended by @alvalewis)

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (recommended by @taylorjudd)

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald (emailed suggestion from Kay)

 

Light Non-fiction Reads:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

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think boring is it fair well I think one thing is

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something is a librarian I never wanna judge peoples reading case and I really believe people should
b******* pursue what they love to read but also be open to stretching himself
who sells for myself I always love non fiction and
and as a girl if I knew a story was true or supposably
totally true mediately added an element of interest so I’ve always been on
nonfiction love you I’m more of a hedonist turn on
omnivore I read what interest me the moments I read a lot of fiction

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but I like to return the non fiction or nonfiction that I’ve been brought through
brought to buy something else I’m reading a sample that with my droid
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when is this is old I’ve always been searchin Anglophile
and when I was in my teens I discover the books of Georgia here who writes Regency
Regency novels and because of that I started reading a lot about the Napoleonic war
and life in England in the 1800’s an app to train a dog

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dolphin to Pride and Prejudice and then I started watching movies and it just doesn’t know
never ending spiral people today have seen the movie Seabiscuit
good and then they been interested to find out more about the horse in horse racing
Ambridge consumers biography books about horse racing there if you can go
anyway that you’re interested you and doesnt kill you makes in Cydia to reading the
the true story in this is it Austin you find the beast
is true stories read just like a novel in many cases um no one example of

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number of times is that Truman Capote write
in 1 wooden cradle stories you describe the other is the murder someone on in cold blood
uses for this is a long time ago keep coming back to this why was the appeal
will for sure true crime has in itself certain dramatic
Ematic at as it is sometimes employer Ristic element
elements but when I ride along today the 15 disability
what is this book by Damien Echols life after death and he was one of the wrongfully convicted

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convicted teen of the West Memphis Three exactly West Memphis Three soap
grisly murders of these a year old boys three teenagers were wrongfully
fully convicted and he was put on death row is an 18 year old
year old and his book life after death you sir for years now we spend
and eggs on a rated or lease free the Kindle deal with his book is
is the most intense description of life in prison
what also of this very rich in her life he has a spiritually

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chili artistically the book includes what cities are twerk letters from PA
people talking to him while he was in prison and even a love story
tell in love with one of the women who fought for his freedom in America
now and there’s there’s a level of intensity to the story for me
when I can turn off at the photo of the actual guy in his presence LRC
see his artwork or think both that contrast
how unfair how difficult someone’s life can be that also the day

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so the depths of humanity that people can reach and understanding experience the weather
you will never could even the best fiction couldn’t get it I can insight into the
into the human experience will my husband and I do betas live
no he’s a piece of fiction and nonfiction reader
and he we often have had discussions about does it does it matter if the stories
true or not and again I think it’s someone a personal reader preference
friends for me as I say there’s something especially moving about

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about seeing the person seeing is words or reading the diary of the Lamb
the letters of a person from history bring to life in a way for me
Inwood he just the degrees I think for some weed
leaders the a literary elements use of language
which the complex ways that a fiction story is sometimes told
old are the most compelling elements for them for me I really like the store
the story the plot and its a special to me if it

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if it’s true that if these crazy things that happened really did have
what happened to find a to insert we know something’s real is Addison element of does
does I mean especially if you can documented in go wild Valley sparknotes
the author did his research there been complaints about memoirs
more supportive winding away from the path of rap city and people complain about
what about that because they don’t understand that when you write a memoir it’s worth lyrics
erasing you’re bringing your memories into it and sometimes you can’t even remember what you

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what you have for lunch last week how are you going to remember something 20 years ago word for word
word so sometimes disclaimers in box set
help people to deal with that just like this novel are the spoke is the best as I can
remember the time any small Arizona mine I think problems happen
happens when people try to save this is exactly the way happened to Kat accept EBT
happy belated happened because we were there and they’re going into the past
really widely publicized examples of William Frey in others

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mothers coming up with ears are general manager email remind me of a quote attributed to mark
Mark Twain of the difference between fiction and nonfiction and fiction has to be believable
remind me a little bit of Lorde talking about here um what is
what is the expectation value dry dressing there a little bit say when it comes to memory becomes a switch
what’s often called creative nonfiction um what is the expectation
this point that what you are reading is true when does it make a difference what makes
what makes a difference depends on the non fiction reader there a lot of reasons why people

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people don’t read nonfiction bad press in other things but when you
when you’re reading a work of creative nonfiction Side Story you’re reading it
for the elements that you get 3 free summer 2014 Denali Carol mention that she likes
she likes a character a lot of people read nonfiction for that you mentioned
earlier in cold blood besides a compelling characters in at the beauty
Truman Capote Capote’s pros in the way he presents the store
the story that makes you almost feel like you’re there but also almost there

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fiction is it a full one with it
think that’s important to the type of bugs that you’re looking for man is around
you don’t have to choose this is that non fictions not a textbook brokers
surly on the time they are really incredible stories ever told
Uniden narrative way to structure a cumplir un is is enough
I think a lot of people are prejudiced against non fiction
your the think it’s going to be Justice compelling is the history textbook she mention that they had read

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how to read the think it might be biased um they don’t realize it
lies a lot of nonfiction Hill style is just not drive pros and they don’t
they don’t realize there a lot of goodies I’m a lot of people don’t realize lyrics
the reading subliminally to learn things and so when you read nonfiction its just to know
over 12 doing this for making a que se for a non fiction
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are best nonfiction reading list US health south to some degree rescue people in us

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London Twitter in my email I want to hear from a non fiction real
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just thinking about you need to talk about um there’s kind of is bias
how many cases against nonfiction your message earlier in some ways you need to start
how to start early you don’t have a fibroadenoma confess last Bible to read how to do with magic

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Magic Tree House is Red Dog nonfiction or fiction
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something to it but um we do Drop Inn occasionally books on bugs
Uggs books on dinosaur things like that you can start early with us 21
when I’m also going to say I think the standard for nonfiction has really changed in the pod
the popular culture so that now you have a lot of academics and a lot
a lot of experts in a field riding in a much more journalistic storytelling

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retelling way so you’ll see Malcolm Gladwell or Adam hope she’ll 2
how to set excellent historian but really tells his writing books
focusing on compelling characters from history interesting people
people so I think part of the reason that you’ll see there are quite a few
best selling nonfiction books while twitch somebody from diet
diet Wilo just mention to me Cheryl Strayed memoir
some the survival stories into thin air Jon Krakauer is a rider

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into the wild into thin air in his book on Pat Tillman wear
both the topic of the book and then the compelling story
storytelling style of the book Drazen lottery dirs and
and I think you find more and more their readers to maybe they tend toward fiction
but they also when there’s a new memoir a new Us
self help book for inspirational book or help oriented book
pick that up also an itsy there’s a lot of with a non fiction means a lot of different things

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different things to talk about with a nonfiction so I would say the
biographies in Memoirs are archaea element social and political
medical issues lotsa best seller books game changer Double Down about the election
action or books about the NFL concussion crisis or hell
help cookbooks gardening any books around hobbies
are off in a book that people are interested in science
science nature Topix spirituality and religion

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a technical manual for technical books of all kinds of travel
rebel books are some of my favorite nonfiction so it really covers
quite again hello in there so many there microsost reason animal books
X & free books people read books for fun
missile on the note 2 or 3 to make stories in the cookbook so you tell
telestrations recipe tell a story a recipe combining two ways to recognizing
the format coming into this right Ne can lead you back to other things you mention Fox Orleans

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earlier that can lead to something else think of Julia Child she has wonderful cookbooks
books that she wrote her book my life in France which pics of her life her
the husband after world war 2 in which you work for yourself talks about how she move
move to Paris on love culture discover cooking she never started out to be
how to be a master chef but she got interesting person that so it’s also the
the continuum you read one comes around to something else another song about
breeding in cooking with Julia to add effects acne on your good Julia and Julie

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Julie sanctuary puzzle Liam but I have to kill people
people recommending uh uh bookstore for a list of Anita email to recommend Toms River
my time fakin says this is a book about many things happen in elegy water rights WA
white water pollutants industrial development of modern New Jersey lawsuit is Georges at The Cove
easily band all the writing with someone throwing in the research of throat
does engaging in thrilling again it true stories cut your talking to other girls
you get the fax you get information learn alot from this is a really good story

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I don’t know that when I had you know Kors Erin Brockovich as a bestseller
you know so that sounds like a good read another one came in the endurance
Prince Shackleton’s incredible voyage by Alfred Lansing nothing recognition MRIs
Mariza 1700 this one I don’t know about that particular book but endurance is
the tale of a ship maroon in the middle of the next
exploration on the South Pole Antarctica back really a hundred years
years ago and enduring through being trapped by the ice

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for many many one month and there been documentaries
tree some of the original footage in a number books written about the two killer instinct
in some of them or just fascinating how people survive in its funny how these books
books coming trends to remember when they were after into thin air became a bestseller
seller about the disaster on Mount Everst it seems like every participant in that
what does a road Mr together in my brother
when did Real Madrid and so theres there doesn’t seem to be a flirt

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flurry of biographies sinister survivor season 26
is made in many ways for a booking probably for TV and movies do what I want
I want to go to call in l.a. Ruth from champagne is online for iris Chacon
gone by NSYNC come off the best nonfiction has been written by doctors
MD for a little bit older than some of the things you’ve been talking about
but I have to the particular like the works of Louis Thomas
protect your throat called the youngest science note to medicine

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water about his own profession mañana when is the
Rachel Naomi Remen found in 2000 call my grandson
father’s blessings and what what do you like about you the truth
the fact like you’ve been talking about that these are
Lonely stories and photos real drama at the fair actually true
true so you’re you’re drowning by the fact this is you know there’s is
thrill that you know if you have you want to read much picture

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no red lot of fiction is a graduate student of a kind of overdose
can having too much Jam yeah yeah
thank you for calling them know it’s over dosing of the street have to find
find a balance we’re supposed to university town of people say looking reading textbooks all day I’m teaching all day
call day when I go home I want a little bit of a break from app um they do you find the in the library
what does my b*** when it comes to people coming in give it away
where were at is there a better man for non fiction of your benefit library is a large portion of

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Porsha vs relations people ask what are all the time asking librarian Solis goodwill
good way to get stressed in Spanaway The Little planner
I don’t know if it’s becoming more relevant today
people are realizing they want to know what’s going on for finding a true story
2 story that they can relate to do you have more people China or nonfiction or fiction Indiana
I would have to check I would think 96 is going to be about 30 40 percent spot
circulation of a kind of the print books and what do when people come in

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summit define yourself ever trying to nowhere talking to a little bit about making a case for non
nonfiction you find yourself doing that sometimes people trying to point them to edited
hey you read this book will did you realize we just for gone with the wind what is grateful care about the same era
I’m going to say I’m off and doing the opposite will I feel like people of India
overly judge with the reading Elmo’s feel like I have to apologize to the library in ocean
why shouldn’t be reading this you’re all I read is mysteries in as a librarian
I feel like people should feel free to pursue their characters

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City and what they love to read and I think too often we put a judgement on
on a weather something has the sort of intellectual value 2
228 it’s good to stretch yourself it’s good to stay open an expose yourself
is your self to lot of things but find two of me feel like people are apologizing to me
what they read it ok to book my CSUSM
just because it is so true you find people in both ways
talk about you layby the reading of a lot of fiction the time in Harry Potter

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what’s bigger whenever the of the book in the moment in getting very apologetic about in so they get
criticizing something that why you waste your time without a father go out
what do this another Hanover known people who do Realty nonfiction
missing out you don’t get why you waste your time reading on a non fiction when is all this great stuff
judgement anything else play such a big role in the read think I find
I find that I really love with nonfiction the interaction I have a lot of readers is there mail
Herminie beans readers of a particular topic so like I just got a

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conversation with patron the other day has been treating Civil War history and I
and I also have gone through some serious binge redone Civil War history so its like this
if you read that would you think this an especially when there are different view
used in nonfiction so forgetful I read bully pulpit Doris Kearns
Kearns Goodwin about Theodore Roosevelt and simultaneously I Reading PA
Imperial cruise by James Bradley which is very very critical Roosevelt so
so like I love talking with people who come in the library who are reading many books

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about a particular topic a person and third playing with the controversies of those things
who sings I love those conversations the kingdom remember
the last non fiction book that the thyroid was in its been in the news business
atencingo related current events in a think it was a book about time by former CIA
CIA officer about somebody events around laughter 911 is a CIA change default overtime
overtime current events of Dr peoples nonfiction reading
reading to find yes in fact I always by the speed of political biography

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biography 6 come out election because people want to read more about it
the candidates in the news or is there is a disaster or something
something happens locally people want to read about it no compass Library
and they want to read about what’s really happening I think part of the problem is sometimes book 7
Publix job until the topics people want to read about
book summary when is go what’s what do you find the right now spotting
food is a big big topic in our town do you know the effects

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Effects of food at 6 a.m. Farming going loco going organic
Organic a what kind of food is best for
help setting food is a big compelling issue that people like to read about
NFL scores of the football a cm loop around
absolutely I’m into you find the tension in the sink that there probably many of the library
libraries near by very different senses of what was popular in Israel
free local thing I think it’s true I think the the politics of your local area

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the character of your local area with a very family oriented town
we have a very unpretentious but well educated
how many people are Town Arvada very well educated Khiladi curiosity about
about social issues not just trendy current events but the character
character on media the character of the the gap between rich and poor you know it
any of these kinds of social issues in interest the only go to bed
the tweets from Avon recommend eating on the wild side by Joe Robinson speaking of them

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food books on a wing on the wild side to get lease in here
the controls in Seattle quarterback
thank you for that we will love it or list it is well we are making
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questions that were rescued you today do you prefer fiction or nonfiction and what are you reading right now
right now here’s what to buy half a dozen people have to say I like you because of interest
interesting stories you know what it takes me away from my normal life

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another world for fun fiction
work I like both with nonfiction learn about
about how the world is yours Ben and with Fiction you get to mission how my pee
Lily up alot of nonfiction just because a lot of History economy
recently Oz
that was a while ago The Giver love textbooks
corrective justice by artist wine red Slaughterhouse Five

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live like I wanted to read if you knew book I have at home
is that counts that was Judy Bolt Michael Crabtree
will shellhorn Randall hornbaker Anthony Land and Colleen Murphy
thank you turn right weather for collecting that we want to hear from you nonfiction fansite
why true stories and what one book would you nominate for best nonfiction
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focus 580 our guest today in Jamaica case for nonfiction armory Wilkes town
interim director of adult services Urbana free library and Caroline skeep adult services
verses librarian over after your banner free library let me go home go back back to the phone here
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um I wanted to I mention that the woman who wrote my grandfather
blessing road before that call kitchen table wisdom
I actually think that’s the better the to f*** good

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so what is kitchen table is the moon a kitchen table with
this woman became a physician and then later became a therapist
and she also suffered from Crohn’s disease while she was in medical school
skull and had a lot of surgeries does she really have been sighted
dealing with a really serious issues
healthy s*** and its a series EE chapter
after results Dorian itself about someone who had some extra

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extraordinary thing happened on explainable and it’s so fat
fascinating book store list think you very much for calling in sure thing
from Kate on Twitter she recommends my wicked ways the autobiography of Errol Flynn on a bow
all about Horsehead another category um and when we go back to the phone syrup
Paul online 1.06 you good morning
good morning what’s the weather in what book do you have in mind while im live in reading like 5
560 pages of dirty wars Jeremy Scahill what’s up he spend all of these

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Arby’s places that we just to hear about in the drone action reports MN
very engaging rated quite difficult installed for a while but I
another issue I die Dubai to recommend highway with an Academy Award documentary
Academy Award nominated documentary I am I really do you recommend
recommended but it is my face is difficult but
going on right now on NPR on weather national circuit
talking about studies show that fiction reading is

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important in the score lated with empathy and that
I think in a world where we we don’t have thighs with people
that obviously some pictures for shallow and ran with the characters
cardboard but I’m in better fiction
one thinks interms of a personal relationship Mario’s in
I don’t know I don’t know that they should be coming competitive
temperature today in from the front lever is well that there is room for both anaconda pens on

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Amazon what you’re looking for nothing interesting thought um and Douglas Carroll attorney
do you there is this empty can you learn something from section and is a unit affection
you haven’t seen it steady the interesting to see it
mp3skull a complicated York
how to learn to empathize with people when you learn more about why the world is the way
the way it is and I think dirty wars is a really good example of that Paul of house
how when you read a book about the bigger place circle scene

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bean sometimes you develop empathy for people beyond her borders
where is beyond our own personal class or a race
race experience and so I think both can be an important
part of learning to understand the world in developing a humane approach to the
to the world thank you very much for the call America in also I have seen respect
recitation the study on embassy in there been other studies on fiction
helping people integrate socially with groups I think the best fiction

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you relate to the characters in the book you started meld with a man go with the flow
the fall and well written narrative nonfiction the same thing help
can happen if you understand the motivations and white
why people in the 9 sections work that you’re reading did some of the same
things or presented Sumter points of you and you understand
you don’t necessarily want to be there when is serial killers murdering someone
but if the book is well written like in cold blood in smothers you can

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you can’t understand why it happened and not necessarily forgive them
but at least
enjoy what I don’t enjoy that right side
the inside and it makes a good reading experience for you
the thinking about the number People magazine current events pie
buy a bed biographies autobiographies to remember full books coming in
how do people tend to discover nonfiction doing something at this point

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just going to plug in PR for this there so many centi
past again reviews on Terry Gross many books get highlighted buffet
define Morning Edition and afternoon edition so I think
a public radio is in an infected when there’s an interview and Terry Gross
girls with a non fiction author II can promise you there will be hold on the book
f*** when I come into work that day and there is a big media p****
push for certain authors with newly released books dirty wars

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Coursera me scales bookies doing a huge book tour right now in Pomona
so I think it’s off in that but I will say people do sometimes come for a top
topics for example of a parenting in the new technologies
what should I be doing some 10 come do you have anything on that changes everything
is every year at ya what’s the research on it now
yeah yeah is there something that can help me understand this is there something that could
lifts at inspire me or educate me about this problem on face

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facing would you get a lot of questions like that and I would say crowdsource
world’s worst thing is another way the people find out about books specially is we get more
Internet age you take your friends recommendations network Mount Facebook
Facebook whatever um Goodreads even has a narrative nonfiction
section were people posting things that they really enjoyed and still have a lot of the 60
section qualities to them and what do you call it near 29 fictional creative
nonfiction literary nonfiction its to pay sick leave the same thing you’re looking for

00:32:35

looking for books that you can read like fiction whatever The Alchemist you want from me
do it how do em all clubs fit into the wild
somebody because of their young
men for women people in Seattle general ones
diva book club is run by play sometimes the place of the moderator the group
what’s going to be read sometimes it’s a quarter to decision
Mini Mini private clubs out there and I’d love to hear from more of you because we try to get

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try to get at least one copy books for your book clubs reading in Urbana IL
there are nonfiction book without their will people hear about really great books
decide they watch Reedus custom my book club in Urbana free double crease
recently that was non fiction in the garden
the garden of beasts by Erik Larson and it was about to use a universal
University of Chicago professor who was drafted to be ambassadors Germany in 1933
3319 34 and he took his daughter with him

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and it talks about her life there and it was the only thing I ever read the talk
point of Americans that were there living experience and writing back and trying to get
get information back to United States what was happening a perfect example
sample of a book that a book club can read in heaven about of enjoyment
insight 28 no about to have photographs
my TV is not fiction books about fun
sunset place do you know the lovely daughter of who is attracted to a

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do a high-ranking Nazi you wanted to see what you look like you wanted to see what he looked like
like you wanted to see little bit more about Berlin so you think that’s important itself
multidimensional thing just like graphic novels are there
that one is in the garden of beasts Erik Larson
who did devil in the White City or another and another really popular
coming to Robert and have one another in someone’s knocking Platteville
glad we seen with a number on crack lower yeah for sure

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and actually I just read devil in the White City or miss someone when it was a bestseller but there’s settings
exhibit at the Field Museum right now about the World Exposition and when I came with
without battery that pass is required reading I think we’re going to library have to
Larson has a stylus on East berry journalistic will water freeze
free search someone you read him you know everything he writes it is well documented as possible
possible in the garden of beasts Facebook large part on the dock of the diaries
ambassadors on your fasting and think about the book ups 2

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megamansion special things time the current events and people who don’t want to have an understanding
what are popular in Urbana understand world around those conversations
really have a meeting conversation about the book taps into the kind of things going on right now
think one book that has been used in several books locally is the new Jim Crow by Michelle
Michelle Alexander impart motivated by all the conversation in our community about you
Taylor expansion and activism around criminal justice system but with
with several copy that are always check out again looking at mass incarceration

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Rachel dynamics in the criminal justice system eye and its
set excellent book for a book read the chapters have really nice discrete discussion
ocean Pointe dancer looking spark on a meaningful conversation Beyond
the walls of the individual health club get another sprint a good way to do it and I think religious
religious books religious inspirational books are often used in Bible
Bible study your local groups of religious pokemone Explorer
Laura topic of prayer or dealing with grief for family issues in the mall

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in the modern world religious inspirational reading important
important that you mention your family issues there’s the delete a sim to another genre
think about when it comes to nonfiction graphic novels
yeah so some some people may have no the very popular books
book that’s no decades old mount spice Spiegelman and bass
basically that was his memoir Art Spiegelman memoir about his father survive
surviving the Holocaust but told online graphic novel for men other words with all original

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original artwork in which HIPAA trade the characters as serious animals
and that because kind of a turning point in graphic novels I think in the Pasadena dispatch
disparagement of any art driven is Oklahoma comet Ison
and there for kids right and so the whole Chandra graphic novels is really long
evolve now to like a much higher higher browse
and much more mature content us so that at one of my favorite books
books was last year was the book radioactive marine for Pierre Curie

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Yuri a tale of love in fallout non Greek Isles
is this is just the fantastic book I was just looking at it last night
im preparation for the sandwich remind me to artwork the photographs
the reprinting of their letters to one another of the significant
historical figures Albert Einstein discussing the development of the bomb
palm and nees artistic elements to the book so that when we turn the light off
why death of last night I never noticed that actual cover of the book clothes with c**

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what color in the dark titled radioactive but it had this very Christmas
creative evocative artistic element 2 story that
that you know Marie Curie Demi equaled extremely boring science book
Amboy this story is anything
and it’s a perfect example of a thesis for a novel I would put it down part way through because
because it would be 21 believable it’s too hard to believe a woman doing all these things
things in that. History for personal life and relationships are to hard to breathe

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how to believe what her daughters become a scientist would be too hard to believe
but it’s all true to the book describing a thing
do you think graphic novel some people just a small little floppy comic book
Microsoft paper covers and think this is a beautiful hardcover book carats is taller
probably the most um and then music book
the well told story can tell if you no longer gracias a lot of artwork in a minute
nothing people’s perceptions Michael challenge of the Bible mean when we say graphic novel abs

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absolutely one of my favorites fun home a tragic comedy by Alice
Alison Bechdel and ductile is Hispanic
cartoon strip but it’s a very touching memoir of her life growing up
household or her father is gay but closeted and high school teacher
teacher and also funeral director and its alot about that does coming out
fighting her she wants to live her life in dealing with the family soul to blending of
memoir and of graphic novels with graphic images black and white

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white furry striking that if you just reading her biography
wouldn’t be nearly is touching is actually saying how’s your accent feel from the book
any reverent funny eduniyaags.
disseminated cuz I haven’t seen them want to use it looking for radioactive Remini images
evocative images that tell a story of their own in a way that you wouldn’t get enough
latina teen with pictures of the book that kind of a story time or a different one
41 very controversial book paying for it a graphic novel by Chester brown

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round which is about his experiences its a memoir paying for sex
Max and very revealing personal Man
memoir de trabajar rather shocking to see in comic strip form
form and very provocative and again if someone told me there would be
graphic novel that kind of a story that kind of content
sincerely and provocatively told I want to believe that
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Bank Online 2 in Champaign InFocus thank you
this is not a graphic novel all the maps
its non fiction and nonfiction um its called American
connections history of the 11 rival regional cultures of North America
America in the way that I found this book was just browsing
housing in the champagne library downstairs in the newer section where the new books come
what’s coming and there were multiple copies of this book both in hardback

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back in paperback and the map on the front cover has the North
North America divided up into on different regions and I
NIT the map just caught my attention I thought what is regions and how did they know
I know that the line goes exactly right there and not somewhere else
and I am so I’ve read the whole thing and I liked it so much
whats the present it show on my coworkers at a staff
art of the development fashion because we care about

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what cultures of the world and world English teachers and I thought that we should
we should understand our own culture a little bit better traveling around North
North America wow it’s quite an open different
different perspective on who we are looking at a miracle second person to recommend
stuff to do today in Edmonton what is a bone
phone will it goes chronologically how’s the how’s the continent
what was established beginning with the earliest French establishment

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on the east coast in the Canada North American border by me
Nova Scotia there and then it goes region by region chronologically in talks about
about who established in what are values are let the lifestyles work
Georgia move around even through our state of Illinois you see that we have 3 different
rent regions that were developed by three different real cultures that have their own
um values in their own ways of living in their own political
Michael Pfautz and you know what my personal question with how do they know that this is

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the region and so I was reading specifically for finding out how do I know where that bone
boundaries and then I realize that they did it through three ways one was by
political of voting records and one was linguistically
how people use language and one love by lifestyle in what people left behind
find like architecture architecture house styles
on and I think you could talk about in the book but by food
and what kind of recipes are still being prepared in different parts of a different color

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different kinds of borders and boundaries and things American nation called
appreciate it in the authors Colin Woodard WOOD AR
ar D and the Champaign library has many copies okay thank you thanks for calling
what’s going on my list when can you get the power of browser
just walking to the library not sure what you looking for in bloom hits on it now word of mouth
everybody else about it to me imma kill you mentioned MOS wanted graphic novel
what kind of the push the boundaries of what people think about non fiction audiobooks to the same thing

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same thing 11 audio books right now are there and there so many ways to get audio
audio books now so you can check about the library can download them from the library
up but lots of commuters and lots of people who have a job or activities
cities during the day weather hands are busy busy but the mind is free
love to listen to audiobooks & I think a non fiction
especially lends itself to this kind of listening it’s easier to interrupt a nonfiction book
action book many times you don’t lose the complete reign of character in thought

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Dalton subtlety eye and its one of my favorite waste listening
listening part also because the narrator can also add an element so I tried to read
how to read David Sedaris book I cannot read David Sedaris book I want the audio
audiobook it just completely loses so much is the you murder someone
what to the life or III rid of book about the scandal
Candlewood John Edwards politician and the nearest for that book
guided the most perfect John and Edward personation and it just

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just add this element to listening to that story that completely absorbed me
what does it matter to find if its the author reading about somebody else hired to do
when is a good reader it’s fantastic have the author read it
um I listen to other Tiger Woods a bio
via what’s it called the big mess I think was the name of it and the author who was is for
is former caddy reddit he wasn’t very good reader
remind me of sitting in 2nd grade with people who are like struggling alone

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but a virgin David Sedaris is a dissenter Tina Fey reading,pa
bodyman ohmygod it’s hilarious its so fun to listen to
stories of a couple minutes left Urbana category that dun
quite a bit is it local people local issues
shoes local authors um in a couple of Zelda clothing Roger Ebert life itself
I love that book and it certainly been popular anime
almost feel like life itself is several books in one state and there is

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there is one whole book just about growing up in Urbana
going to University of Illinois life in our community of the Ring
the roots with his family is really another hole book about the actors
directors that he’s admired there’s another hole book about that
that beautiful incredibly moving relationship you has jazz and
and the medical issue see spaced and then there’s so many really cool
school essays personal relationships with Gene Siskel or so I

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why am I so many pieces in that book that are so deep
insincere in revealing and edgy an honest post
spose about himself and others in emergency people coming in for this this book
what is a popular yes it was very popular came out a couple years gone the main sewer book
are buckle credit and everyone really enjoyed finding out about start
here in champaign-urbana and talk about where is house was and how they recognize
different sites around town describe the loss of the

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the Champaign Urbana crear which was one of the local papers that he started writing friend
so is it battle of history back the rail to discuss
show me this is a lot of things to do people want to learn something from 1960
section get a better understanding of the experience of others local issues in the community things are going on
going on um define communication on 60000 yen
yeah I know what you did does 111
directly limit one more calling shorts Olinda in Urbana online forum

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Olinda high on focus what you want to recommend just a biography by 2
Dorothy sterling who writes biographies for young adults on Lucrecia mod
what is and it has a nice backing out of a house a list
contemporaries because she was very involved in the abolition of slavery and the
in the beginning of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls Canada
um Lucrecia mod tt her
husband James was the founder of Swarthmore

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because they wanted to see women educated at a college level
getting off the category of music nonfiction books for young adults yes
great thank you I appreciate a call alright thank you um this is a
SMS was not a totally December category but I’m thinking about adultery different ages
chocolate about the things that might roll in young adults and nonfiction why young
young adult nonfiction is just fantastic now the the
level of quality of some of the books for young adults up first

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just say in the past I think books for young people often shielded them from someone
some of the controversies or the complexity of people in history
and boy its just improve so much derm any books now that are about 120
20 pages long with great photos great documentation for not making up
king of dialogue like they used to do their held too much higher standard Nov
dolphin rediscovering the history of underrepresented people African
African Americans etc Caroline skippers you just for their and Mary Wilson

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stoner both the Havana free library thank you for coming in a conversation
party a pilot continue this conversation is produced by Lindsey moon
Jason cross is a technical director Ryan Weber is a renter im Scott Cameron singing to the Virgin Mary
virgin Meadows this is focus on WILL