Posts tagged with nonfiction

Sep 26 2017

Mad props

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Last week, NASA dedicated the new Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Katherine Johnson herself, one of the key figures in Margot Lee Shetterly's bestselling nonfiction book Hidden Figures. In 2015, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Sep 19 2017

Back and forth

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There's an interesting article on Jezebel about a New York Times review of Vanessa Grigoriadis’s new book, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus. From the Times' perspective, the book was fundamentally flawed—full of critical reporting errors. But as other reviewers and the author pointed out, the Times critic had to go back...

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Sep 18 2017

Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard

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I have a daily ritual: every morning, when it's still too early for me face the news, I skim glossy cookbooks while I groggily eat my breakfast. Sure, my actual breakfast is totally boring (black tea and an English muffin), but I find looking at pictures of beautiful food to be extremely soothing. That is why I am so fond of the popular website Half Baked Harvest, and why I decided to review author Tieghan Gerard's new cookbook...

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Sep 18 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard

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This week's Book Giveaway is a little unusual: we're giving away Tieghan Gerard's new cookbook, Half Baked Harvest. But even if you're not the huge fan of Gerard's pretty, pretty website that we are, might we recommend her cookbook as an excellent coffee table option? There's something so soothing about staring at pictures of beautifully-presented food, and this book has 'em in spades...

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Aug 15 2017

My hat is off to the casting director

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The trailer is out for the upcoming film adaptation of Molly's Game, based on Molly Bloom's memoir of the same name. The movie will be out on November 22nd, and while I don't understand a damn thing about poker...

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Aug 14 2017

Where The Water Goes, by David Owen

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A note to new readers: while Wordcandy mostly reviews fiction, we do make space for the occasional post on nonfiction books we consider to be of general interest. Previous nonfiction picks have focused on food, money, or (as in this case) the environment. Hopefully you find these featured books as interesting as we do...

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Aug 14 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Where the Water Goes, by David Owen

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It's been a while since we've reviewed any nonfiction, so this week's Book Giveaway will be David Owen's Where the Water Goes. I'm only a few chapters in, but thus far it's interesting, although Owen (or his editor) appears to be a little confused about how commas work. A full review will follow shortly...

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Aug 1 2017

Sorry, but no.

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Check out this juicy article over on Pajiba: "Truman Capote and the Confessed Killer He Might Have Murdered". A word of warning, however: the story behind that eye-catching title is both tragic and of obvious interest to Capote fans, but...

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Jul 27 2017

I dunno...

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The trailer is out for Netflix's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel Alias Grace, which was inspired by the life of Grace Marks, an Irish-Canadian maid who was convicted in 1843 of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. The adaptation looks extremely well-made and acted and everything...

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Jul 18 2017

Skipping this.

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Aaaand in completely different film news: check out the trailer for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the upcoming biopic inspired by the polyamorous relationship between William Marston (the creator of Wonder Woman, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, an attorney and psychologist, and...

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Jun 6 2017

Castles and crappy parents

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The trailer is out for the upcoming film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’s memoir The Glass Castle. I tend to get this book confused with I Capture the Castle (another story about poverty and sub-par parenting), and I doubt this movie will do much to keep the stories separate in my mind...

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May 15 2017

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman

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We mostly review fiction here at Wordcandy, but there are a handful of nonfiction topics we consider of universal interest: money, history, and (most of all) food. Michael Ruhlman's recent book Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America actually touches on all three of these subjects, so it's right up our alley...

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May 15 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman

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It's been a while, so it's time for one of our rare nonfiction reviews: this week's Book Giveaway is Michael Ruhlman's Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America. (That's a biiiig subject for a short book, but whatever.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Apr 26 2017

More Mindy

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According to Deadline, Mindy Kaling has optioned the TV rights to Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, the memoir by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Barack Obama's former White House deputy chief of staff for operations...

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Apr 18 2017

Fascinating (but also grim)

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I'm finally reading up on the new movie The Lost City of Z. I had a vague (and 100% incorrect) idea that it had something to do with zombies, but it turns out it is based on David Grann's 2009 nonfiction book of the same name. Grann's book focuses on the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who made numerous attempts to find a lost indigenous city in Brazil's Mato Grosso region...

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Mar 23 2017

Ugh

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Richard Hickock—one of the two Kansas murderers made famous by Truman Capote’s true-crime story In Cold Blood—wrote his own book with a Kansas journalist, which was never published...

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Mar 23 2017

Bring hankies

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Oprah Winfrey is starring in a HBO adaptation of the 2010 nonfiction bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (Oprah will be playing Lacks's daughter. Lacks herself died when she was only 31.) Lacks's story...

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Mar 9 2017

Good deal

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Barack and Michelle Obama have both signed deals to publish books with Crown Publishing Group. Crown has already published books by both Obamas: the former President’s 1995 memoir...

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Mar 7 2017

Life in the virtual woods

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I... really don't know how I feel about this. A video game based on Henry David Thoreau's Walden? It's not that I'm opposed to a game that aims to "reinforce our connection to the natural world and to challenge our hurried culture" or "achieve work-life balance", but doesn't doing that via a $20 video game...

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Mar 1 2017

Immortalized!

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This is great news: according to NPR, Lego has just announced their "Women of NASA" set, which will include Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose story was featured in Margot Lee Shetterly's book Hidden Figures...

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Feb 6 2017

Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell

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Reading Sarah Vowell's 2011 book Unfamiliar Fishes is like skimming through a 230-page-long magazine article. It's a witty, easily digestible take on a fascinating element of American history—but I would have preferred less wit and more dry facts...

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Feb 6 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell

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In times of politically-induced stress, I frequently find it soothing to read about the politically-induced stress of Olden Times. (Sometimes I need to be reminded that humanity is cockroach-level resilient.) So this week's Book Giveaway is Sarah Vowell's 2011 book Unfamiliar Fishes, about the American annexation of Hawaii in 1898...

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Jan 31 2017

Apropos

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I've been seeing a number of people linking to this 2015 Washington Post article about Anne Frank and her family being denied entry as refugees into the U.S. in 1941. It's a long (and terribly depressing) read, but...

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Jan 31 2017

Maybe there are CliffsNotes?

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According to Quartz, Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism is now sold out on Amazon. I've read The Origins of Totalitarianism, and all I can say is: if people are buying it in hopes of a quick, comprehensible explanation of Trump's rise to power...

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Dec 8 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #4

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Gift Idea #4: Jason Porath's Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

Porath is a former professional animator, and his website Rejected Princesses is a fascinating, informative, and frequently genuinely moving read. This book tie-in features...

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Nov 30 2016

Getting creative

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Quartz recently published a fascinating article about Mei Fong, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter whose book, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, has been unable to find a Chinese-language publisher...

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Aug 25 2016

Clash of the Titans

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Heh: Lainey Gossip informs me that Sean Penn and Mel Gibson are going to star in a movie adaptation of The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester’s book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary...

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Aug 2 2016

Convenient

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Well, this worked out nicely: after recently reading and reviewing Jane Mayer's Dark Money, I've been wondering what the Koch brothers have been up to during this most tumultuous of election cycles, and Gawker was kind enough to...

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Aug 1 2016

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling

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In 2011, actress and comedian Mindy Kaling released a collection of essays called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Her book is 242 pages of the easiest reading on the planet: short, witty, ridiculously charming essays on everything from Kaling's weird affection for diet plans to her career goals to her ideal level of fame...

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Aug 1 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling

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This week's Book Giveaway is Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of comedic essays about everything from Kaling's childhood to her unique path to stardom (which apparently involved writing and starring in a play based on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's friendship)...

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