Which non-fiction title should we read for December?

05Nov09

Below are the non-fiction titles that we have chosen as candidates for our December meeting.  Please take a look and vote.  This poll will close at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9th.  Our non-fiction reading group will meet on Wednesday, December 16th.

sugar beachThe House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, by Helene Cooper.  384 pages.  Cooper, a New York Times reporter who fled a warring Liberia as a child, returned to confront the ghosts of her past — and to look for a lost sister.

Helene Cooper is a White House correpondent for the New York Times.  You can read the NYT review for The House at Sugar Beach here.  You can view the descriptions and reader reviews for the book on Amazon here.

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shakespeare's wifeShakespeare’s Wife, by Germaine Greer.  406 pages.  With a polemicist’s vision and a scholar’s patience, Greer sets out to rescue Ann Hathaway from layers of biographical fantasy.

Germaine Greer is a colorful and controversial writer, academic, journalist, and “one of the most significant feminist voice of the later 20th century.”  You can read about her career and work on the wikipedia page here.  The NYT book review for Shakespeare’s Wife is here.  You can view the description and reader reviews for the book at its Amazon page here.

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predictably irrationalPredictably Irrational: the Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely.  280 pages.  Moving comfortably from the lab to broad social questions to his own life, an M.I.T. economist pokes holes in conventional market theory.

Dan Ariely is a professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.  You can read the NYT review for Predictably Irrational here.  The Amazon description and reader reviews for the book can be found here.

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These books all look like terrific choices.  Please vote by 6:00 Monday, November 9.  Thanks for your participation and input!



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