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Those of you who read non-fiction, what are you currently reading?

Asked by Demosthenes (6898points) 2 months ago

Or what are you planning on reading?

I’ve been reading nothing but fiction for the past few months, so I’m ready for some non-fiction titles. I have a few in mind that I’d like to read, including Jared Diamond’s Upheaval, but I’m curious to hear what you all are reading or intend to read.

And if you could say a little bit about it, that would be great. :)

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Darth_Algar's avatar

I’m not really reading any non-fiction these days. I do enough serious, real life reading throughout the day that when I don’t sit down to read at leisure I want pure escapism.

Demosthenes's avatar

@Darth_Algar I can understand that. I do overall read more fiction than non-fiction, and the reason you described is probably why I’ve been reading more of it lately.

canidmajor's avatar

I have a Bill Bryson in the chute, Notes From A Big Country. Guessing it’s a set of essays related to living in the US; at the moment I am too lazy to go upstairs and read the blurb.
But it’s Bryson, I can’t imagine not enjoying it.

gondwanalon's avatar

Just finished “Bad Blood” by John Carreyroul. A book about Elizabeth Homes’s Silicon Valley bizarre disaster of fraud, lies, intimidation and more lies.

Demosthenes's avatar

@gondwanalon I’m interested in that one too. I listened to the podcast “The Dropout” about the topic, which makes frequent references to Carreyrou, but I would like to read his book as well.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Lately I’ve given over to listening to books downloaded from the public library. Does that count? I just finished “The Forgotten Soldier”. It’s supposedly a memoir, and I’ve read it at least twice before. It’s the recollections of a 17 year old Alsatian boy who enlisted in the Wehrmacht in 42, wound up in Russia and basically walked across Russia in the 3 year fighting retreat with the Grossduetschland division.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Just picked up a used book the other day and reading it..very interesting details.
Title: Collusion by Luke Harding ( 2017 published).
Want to read Life Before The Mast ( Sailor’s eyewitness accounts from the age of fighting ships)
Edited by Jon E. Lewis
“22 eyewitness accounts of the battles,the hardships,and the excitement of naval service during the French Revolutionary War ( 1793— 1802)the Napoleonic War ( 1803–15) and the War of 1812.
Fascinating and humorous ,often poignant.The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast relates the realities of naval warfare through the words of those who put their lives on the line – the officers and men of the English,French, and American natives.”
First Published in 2001.( used book).

josie's avatar

The Bully Pulpit-
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Worth reading. Reports on a period of history not unlike the present. But a century ago.

flutherother's avatar

I’m currently not reading Stephen Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now” but I intend getting back to it.

gondwanalon's avatar

@Demosthenes I bought the e-book from eBay for 99¢.

The basic idea of doing pretty much all of the standard blood tests from a finger stick specimen is fundamentally flawed.

The idea of doing all lab tests (over 100 of them) from one or two drops of venous blood is a good idea but not possible yet.

I worked in clinical labs for 38 years as a Medical Technologist. Any medical lab tech (and most phlebotomists) will tell you that obtaining a finger stick specimen of blood is contraindicated for most blood tests. Milking blood from a capillary stick introduces variable amounts of error into the specimen. How much lymph fluid is in the whole blood? Lymph dilutes the analyte(s) to various and unknown amounts. Also a traumatic finger stick can cause eliminated potassium levels due to hemolysis of REB’s.

Fascinating story.

I followed the story over the last 2 years in the Wall Street Journal.

Hope that Homes gets what’s coming to her.

Caravanfan's avatar

Currently, I am reading “Bitter Brew,” about the rise and (very rapid) fall of the Anheuser-Busch.

YARNLADY's avatar

I am going to Yellowstone next month so most of my reading is about the park and visitation plans.

josie's avatar

Finished previous.
Just started Fall and Rise.

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