i’ve been majorly on a nonfiction kick lately. here’s what i’ve read this year so far! maybe i’ll hit 50 again in 2010.
1. Michael Pollan, “In Defense of Food”
Loved it. It’s helping me think about food in a whole new way, in particular to think about foods as the complex organisms they are rather than obsessing over the breakdown of nutrients.
2. Mark Di Vincenzo “Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon”
A quick read, kinda fun, kinda information overload. Basically, it’s like lifehacking, with soundbites from scores of studies. In the health and science area, studies that have historically underrepresented women and minorities. So, lifehacking for white men. Whatev.
3. Elna Baker, “The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance”
Vignettes from the life of a single Mormon woman living in Babylon New York City. Though it reads a little cutesy at times, it’s absolutely hilarious.
4. Rebecca Smith and John R. Emshwiller, “24 Days”
The story of how two reporters from the Wall Street Journal helped bring down Enron. Though some of the business talk is impenetrable at times, the journalistic intrigue is on par with “All the President’s Men.” Though I was 19 when the whole Enron thing went down, I really didn’t understand it at all until I read this.
5. Elissa Stein and Susan Kim, “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation“
Absolute. Must. Read. It’s like Snopes for your snatch. These ladies debunk myths like it’s nobody’s business and shine a long-overdue spotlight on the cultural hangups, sterotypes and rituals surrounding what’s likely the biggest taboo in our world.