Which nonfiction title should we read for April?


Thanks to everyone who came out last night to Teaism – Penn Quarters to discuss Service Included!   It is now time to choose the nonfiction book that we will read for our next meeting in April.  This poll will close at noon, tomorrow, Friday, March 26.   Please vote only once!  I have already scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, April 21.


Lost in the Meritocracy: the Undereducation of an Overachiever.  By Walter Kirn.  211 pages.  The witty, self-castigating story of how Kirn’s schooling left him “not so much educated as wised up.”

Kirn, a noted novelist and critic, went from “one of the lowest-ranked high schools in Minnesota to Princeton,” then had a breakdown in his junior year.  The book offers both a bitingly funny “taxonomy of Princeton stereotypes” and insightful reflections on the failures of academia.   There are two New York Times reviews for this book.  One is here and the other one is here.  The Amazon page for the book is here.


Zeitoun.  By Dave Eggers.  351 pages.  This suspenseful nonfiction account of what happened to a Sryian-American man and his family after Hurricane Katrina is a powerful indictment of Bush-era policies.

This “Dicksonian” book tells the story of a New Orleans contractor, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Dave Eggers is a noted author whose first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.  The New York Times review for Zeitoun is here.  The Amazon page for the book is here.


Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-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.


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