I read a few books this summer, concentrating on narrative non-fiction, which is H-O-T right now in the publishing world. Frankly, I think this is the type of book I'd be best at writing, if I were able to write full-time. Unfortunately, I have that pesky day job trying to teach 14 year-olds how to read...which is no mean feat, I can promise you.
The Boys in the Boat - This was a great book about the University of Washington rowing team back in the 1930s. It gave a lot of facts about the team and the coaches, but it was an engaging read. Generally, I don't read non-fiction because I feel it's dry, but this new idea of narrative non-fiction (which isn't new...nothing is new in writing, just refreshed) has made a believer out of me.
Thunderstruck - I read another book by Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City, and I wanted to be equally entertained by this story of Marconi and his wireless, woven in with a story of a murder. I think I liked Devil better because I love Chicago so much. This was more about the weirdness of scientists, and I already know that because I both married one and gave birth to one. They are truly a different animal, but they are the ones who make the world cooler.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram or other places, you know that one of the treats of my summer was watching (or listening to, rather) episodes of Midsomer Murders while I painted the hallway and dining room. I was so entranced by the English countryside that I bought a book...Exploring Midsomer: The Towns and Villages at the Murderous Heart of England. I spend a lot of time staring at the pictures and sighing.
Stay tuned for our next set of reviews! In the meantime, if you need any suggestions for a good book...you know where to find me!
(PS: I got it wrong. Cassie's review is already up, so I'm behind, dangit!)