Which nonfiction title should we read for March?


Thanks to everyone who came to our last nonfiction meeting in Teaism Penn Quarters!  Based on the nominations of everyone from the meeting, we have selected 3 candidates for our March nonfiction meeting.

Please take a look at the titles below and vote for one of them. A brief description of the books is attached. This poll will close at noon on Wednesday, March 3. A non-fiction meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 24.


Born Round: The Secret History of a Ful-Time Eater. By Frank Bruni.  354 pages.  A memoir by The Times’s former restaurant critic, who writes of food, family, friendship and being fat.

Frank Bruni was the NYT’s restaurant critic from 2004 to 2009.  According to the NYT,  “Born Round is a book about growing up with a love of food, family and friendship. And it is, more important, a book about a lifelong struggle, . . .  being fat.” The full review for the book is here. The Amazon page for the book is here.


Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter.  By Phoebe Damrosch.  228 pages.  A memoir about waiting tables at the acclaimed Manhattan restaurant Per Se.

Demystifying the hierarchy of captains, waiters, and busboys, Damrosch gives the uninitiated a crash course in those management and organizational issues that keep food streaming in perfect synchronization from kitchen to table.  Read the NYT review of the book here.  The Amazon page for the book is here.


Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene. By Masha Gessen.  321 pages.  Hard choices followed Gessen’s discovery that she carries a dangerous genetic mutation.

Written with “storytelling grace and critical dexterity,” Blood Matters began as a series of articles in Slate that detailed Gessen’s medical journey and decision-making process.  The NYT review for the book is here.  The Amazon page of the book is here.


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