Reviews and Blog Posts: Narrative Nonfiction

Among the Janeites : a journey through the world of Jane Austen fandom

by Deborah Yaffe

DPL Rating:
4

Jane Austen is one of the few authors who can effortlessly straddle high culture and pop culture, and who has inspired an entire industry of books, films, academia, and action figures. Deborah Yaffe writes about this phenomenon in her book Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane...

Command and control [nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety]

by Eric Schlosser

DPL Rating:
5

I didn't read much nonfiction until I started working for the library, but now I can't seem to get enough of it. I highly recommend Command and Control, for three reasons.

First, the subject: America's nuclear weapons development and programs. I knew next to nothing about the subject, so it was...

Scent of the missing : love and partnership with a search and rescue dog

by Susannah Charleson

DPL Rating:
4

Did you know that a good search and rescue dog can detect cadaver scent emanating (during photosynthesis) from the leaves of a tree that has a body buried under it? Fascinating. Author Susannah Charleson reveals just how grueling search and rescue work can be, not to mention that most search and...

Gulp [adventures on the alimentary canal]

by Mary Roach

DPL Rating:
4

This is arguably Mary Roach's grossest work to date, but as always she asks and finds answers to the questions that we all would ask, if we hadn't been scolded that those kinds of questions aren't polite. In Gulp, Roach takes us on a journey through our alimentary canal -...

Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

by Katherine Boo

DPL Rating:
4

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo was awarded the National Book Award for her first novel, Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.  Journalist Boo has written about poverty for two decades and was compelled to investigate the struggles of the poor in areas with...

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