If you're a fan of NPR's This American Life, you know Sarah Vowell. She's as funny in print, witty and smart while educating you on detailed historical incidents not covered in primary school. The Lincoln assassination, yes, but Garfield and McKinley?
Book Genre: History
A book on cadavers doesn't seem like it could be funny, but author Mary Roach takes a humorous approach to a serious subject. A respectful and historical look at death and what happens to the bodies that are left behind. Filled with everything from plastic surgery to murder to medical miracles,...
Cathy McClure is a bright child, growing up in a picturesque small town minutes from the thundering splendor of Niagara Falls. Sent to work full-time in her father's drug store by age four as a treatment for hyperactivity, Cathy is a child circulating in an adult world. Day-to-day life with her...
Mort takes the reader around the world from Oaxaca to the Ivory Coast to Hershey, PA, to explore the depths of chocolate. It's a fascinating look at the culinary, political, sociological, economic, historical and health issues surrounding the food of the gods. If you like chocolate at all, you'...
This excellent readable little book, one of seven from Oxford University Press on the seven biggies, investigates the little good and the tremendous bad that comes from anger.
This graphic novel is Satrapi's memoir of her adolescence in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Entertaining and educational, the text and the illustrations are memorable and fascinating.
Our beloved author of The Geography of Nowhere and Home From Nowhere, casts his New Urbanist eye on major cities near and far. This civic planning classic-to-be examines the historical development of Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Las Vegas, London, Mexico City, Paris and Rome....
Another funny and insightful book from Hightower. The Bush-bashing genre produces much of the same but Hightower always has a different spin, a different angle. You'll learn a lot.
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