rpanonmod ([personal profile] rpanonmod) wrote in [community profile] rpanons2017-07-14 08:22 pm

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(Anonymous) 2017-07-16 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Uh this might not be exactly the right place, but do you anons have any nonfiction book recs? I like history (especially micro history/really specific topics), food writing, adventure/travel writing and true crime.

Specifically looking for physical books and not blogs or anything, since I take books to work and I don't have internet/device access there

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-18 07:13 am (UTC)(link)
If you're looking for good books to read, I can't recommend A World Undone (https://www.amazon.com/World-Undone-Story-Great-1914/dp/0553382403) enough.

Be careful, though. This book covers World War I and there is a lot of heavy shit in there.

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-18 01:19 pm (UTC)(link)
- anything Sarah Vowell. She writes about American history but in an easy to read, essayist sort of style. Some of her books (Lafayette and these Somewhat United States, Assassination Vacation) combine history & travel writing as she goes to visit certain sites that have historical significance
- The Devil in the White City. part history, part true crime, it's a story about the Chicago World's Fair but also about the serial killer H.H. Holmes who was active at the time.
- The Madman and the Assassin. so, the Lincoln assassination is something that I've read a lot about (and can provide more general book recs about it if needed) but this book is about Boston Corbett, who's the dude who shot John Wilkes Booth. it's such a fun read because Corbett is certifiably bugnuts crazy.

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-20 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
I tried to read Devil in the White City ages ago, but couldn't get into it for some reason. Which is a bummer since I think it's one of the most recced crime books.

And I'm gonna look up Madman and the Assassin, because I fucking love Boston 'Cut My Own Balls Off' Corbett.


(Anonymous) 2017-07-20 01:12 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad somebody else loves Boston Corbett as much as I do. Madman and the Assassin does a great job of just contextualizing his life and showing how Corbett post killing Booth is possibly even more messed in the head as Corbett pre killing Booth. there's a lot of "this MIGHT have happened?" just because Corbett's a history c-lister but I personally don't mind that stuff because again, history c-lister

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-19 09:37 am (UTC)(link)
inside the victorian home by judith flanders is really neat. it goes over the day to day life of a victorian by taking you room by room in the typical house and it's just a really fascinating look at a more mundane aspect of history.

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-20 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
Oh shit that is totally my jam, thanks!

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-19 12:47 pm (UTC)(link)
literally anything but bill bryson, but my favorites of him are "at home" (leaning more history of everything related to the domicile) and "a brief history of nearly everything" which is exactly what it sounds like. his stuff is written more for the layman, so maybe not what you're looking for if you like extremely accurate scientific writing, but his sense of humor is top notch.

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-19 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Alberto Angela's "A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome" is excellent! Takes you from the night prior to waking up and through a whole day, everything from the home life of people from different economic backgrounds, how people live/eat/bathe, etc etc.

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-20 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
anon above who recced the victorian life one and i'm definitely adding this to my list. i just really love daily life stuff like that.
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Re: nonfiction

[personal profile] sweetdeath 2017-07-21 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
"Perfection Salad" - about the way in which industrialized food production and home economics affected American cooking (if you ever wondered why anyone would put spam and green olives in lemon Jell-o, this is the book for you.)

"The Thirteenth Rail" - a book about the forensics behind solving the Lindbergh baby kidnapping

"The Poisoner's Handbook" - another historical forensics title, this one is about the development of forensic tests for poison and the professionalization of the coroner's office, focusing on early 1900s New York

"Red Land, Black Land" - since you like daily-life stuff, this is a favorite of mine; it's about life in ancient Egypt, and it's written in a wonderful and engaging style (the author is Barbara Mertz, who's also written a vast number of great historical and Gothic mystery novels under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels)

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-21 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
... don't mind me and my anonfail /facepalm

(i suppose i can take responsibility for my book recs!)

Re: nonfiction

(Anonymous) 2017-07-31 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
I saw the PBS adaptation of the Poisoners' Handbook and will confirm that it's pretty fascinating. Not for the faint of heart, but fascinating.