Welcome everyone from Crazy for Books to Past as Prologue, where we read nonfiction books all day, every day. So far we’ve read about six nonfiction books on this site and they have all been so good!
Right now I am reading Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, by John Carlin. One of the things I have learned about reading nonfiction books is, they never have simple one or two word titles! If you’ve seen the fantastic movie Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, this is the book the movie was based on. In his quest to end apartheid in South Africa, Nelson Mandela brings the country together in a most unlikely way…watching their national Rugby team win a World Cup. The book is under the heading of sports, but so far has been more political than sports-oriented. Then again, I’m only halfway through it.
Since I had the day off today, had to hit Half Price Books. That place is worse than a crack addiction. I can never get out of there with less than two books, and even though I have to drive 20 minutes one way to get there, I’ll do it, even in the world’s worst weather. Here’s what I picked up today, which may give you an idea of the books we read here at Prologue and what’s upcoming….
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Mary Roach. A bunch of scientists discuss and research the possibility of life after death. I won’t read this one at night.
Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, Sam Gosling, PhD. A scientist pokes around in people’s stuff and sees what can be learned about us by how we live and what we have.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver. A family gives up fast food and processed food to live off the land for one year. I think my family would pack up and leave me if I decided to do this.
Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own, Doreen Orion. A husband convinces his Long Island princess, shoe addict wife to travel cross country with him in a bus. The book is about their travels through 47 of the 50 states and the hilarity of the open road.
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