Armchair BEA – Day 4: Non-Fiction
May 31, 2013 14 Comments
Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. This week, May 28th to June 2nd, there are celebrations for those who stay at home rather than make it to New York. Look out for a new post every day from me!
This fourth day of Armchair BEA is about Non-Fiction. Do you read non-fiction?
It seems men often prefer non-fiction while women read fiction. Of course, that is a generalisation, and I (a woman) do read some non-fiction. But it’s limited. When it comes to non-fiction, I still prefer a good story, for instance, a historical non-fiction book in which the life of an remarkable person is told. Or a memoir about something a person went through that makes an interesting story. And I love stories about food production and healthy eating, too.
So here are some recommendations:
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley. My review.
In the 1760s, a young French peasant woman sails around the world dressed as a man. Jeanne Baret travels as the assistant of the botanist Philibert Commerson, with whom she has had a relationship that started when they worked together in France.
This is a non-fiction account of life and customs in 18th Century France followed by a reconstruction by the author of Baret’s time aboard the ship and the stop-offs at foreign countries (South America, South Sea, etc.) to look for new plants.
Don’t Sing at the Table by Adriana Trigiani. My review.
Adriana Trigiani describes the lives of her two grandmothers. Both of Italian descent, one was a second-generation immigrant, while the other grandmother came to the US after she married.
The book relates about the women’s working life, courtship and marriage (both have partners who die young), about travelling, children and religion.
Between a Rock and a Hot Place by Tracey Jackson. My review.
This is about woman getting older. Tracey Jackson is a comedy writer who explain in a very personal and funny way, how “her” 50 is not that of her grandmother’s but why 50 isn’t the new 30 either. If you’re prepared for it, and willing to work on it, getting older doesn’t have to be all that bad. The book is written in a fun way, it gives you the very personal experience (including trial and error) of Tracey Jackson herself.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. My review.
This is about a Syrian-American, Zeitoun, who stayed behind after the hurricane Katrina to help those who needed it, but a week later he disappeared.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. My review.
In this book, Michael Pollan, a journalist concerned with food issues, tries to convince the reader to eat real food, not too much, and especially plants. He suggests that we should all only eat what our grandmother recognizes as food, refuse any products that contain more than five ingredients (because they will be highly processed) or have ingredients listed that we don’t know what they are (difficult words). He gives some further suggestions on what and how to eat.
The Taste of Tomorrow by Josh Schonwald. My review.
This is a book about what will be on the shelves at the supermarket, in around 20 years’ time. It’s an exploration of what food scientists and food producers are working on so that we can enjoy a nice plate of food in 2035.
Have you read any of these books?
Do you read non-fiction?