If you’ve looked through my blog, and checked out my reviews, you’ll notice I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. It’s not that I don’t want to, but I always seem to have another fiction book calling my name just that little bit louder. In fact, the last non-fiction book I remember reading outside of work (I work for a non-fiction publisher) was Band of Brothers, which was, itself, a special experience for me. I adore Band of Brothers.
Nevertheless, here are some non-fiction books that have recently caught my eye. Some are new, some are old, some are… middle-aged? Well, here they are…
1. To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam
“Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care, looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children at the critical points in their search for a stable, loving family.” (Goodreads)
2. Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
“In Five Came Back, … [Harris gives] us the untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the prism of five film directors caught up in the war: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens.” (Goodreads)
3. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth
“Revealing the horror and heroism the creator of Middle-earth experienced as a young man, Tolkien and the Great War also introduces the close friends who spurred the modern world’s greatest mythology into life. It shows how the deaths of two comrades compelled Tolkien to pursue the dream they had shared, and argues that Tolkien transformed the cataclysm of his generation while many of his contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment.” (Goodreads)
4. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox
“When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece’s Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe’s earliest written records. For half a century, the meaning of the inscriptions, and even the language in which they were written, would remain a mystery. Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox’s riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean–the era of Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Helen–to the turn of the 20th century and the work of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers.” (Goodreads)
5. Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance by Valerie Estelle Frankel
“Game of Thrones is one of the hottest series on television. However, hundreds of critics are divided on how “feminist” the show really is.” (Goodreads)
I’m going to need another apartment soon, just to accommodate my “to be read” pile. Anyway, has anyone read any of these? Are they any good?