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I need a good nonfiction book rec'd.

Requirements include:
- easy to read
- funny
- not too long
- not too short

Nonfiction authors who I have read and fit this description: Bill McKibben, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, Farley Mowat, Malcolm Gladwell

Nonfiction authors who I have read and do not fit this description: Jared Diamond, Thomas Friedman

Suggestions?

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dragondream
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Douglas Adams writes/wrote nonfiction?
I don't know if this is the kind of thing you are looking for or not but I really liked 'The Daily Coyote' by Shreve Stockton
lostvirtue
Jun. 16th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
The only non-fiction book written by Douglas Adams was "Last Chance To See". It's a book about endangered species and it's actually very good. He also wrote "The Meaning of Liff" which is... sorta non-fictiony... ish.

To the OP, you might like David Sedaris (essays), A. J. Jacobs, Botany of Desire is great (Michael Pollan) but not REALLY that funny. Lots of travel writers are good...
rinalia
Jun. 18th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I do like Sedaris...just not in the mood for his darker, self-deprecating type of humor. I can't read Pollan right now.

Yeah, I do have a whole bunch of Cahill that I should probably read in lieu of trying to find stuff from the library. :)
rinalia
Jun. 18th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Last Chance to See somehow manages to make extinction/loss of precious species funny. Kudos to the man for that.

I'll add The Daily Coyote to my list. I don't think I'm in the mood for it right now, but it does interest me. Thanks!
subpolka
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Would autobiographical short-stories and essays suffice? If so, I'd go with something by David Sedaris or Laurie Notaro. (Also, if either of these authors interest you, I'd be happy to lend you a few books.)
velena
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I second the David Sedaris rec, although I think you posted recently about meeting him and he made a comment about vegans that was off-putting. So maybe not.

I just read "Tell Me Where It Hurts" by Nick Trout, which I imagine you've heard of. He's a surgeon at Angell-Memorial animal hospital in Boston. It was a funny, quick read. I've also been reading one of Jon Katz's books about Bedlam Farm. I'm enjoying it, but it's not hugely riveting.

I bought "The Wordy Shipmates" by Sarah Vowell last year, after she made an hilarious appearance on The Daily Show. I've only gotten through the first chapter, but it's quite funny, if dense. She also wrote "Assassination Vacation", which I imagine is easier to "get in to".

Lastly, and this is a weird rec which doesn't really fit your criteria, but I'm obsessed with this book called Wisconsin Death Trip. It's bizarre and awesome. It's a collection of newspaper clippings from 19th century Wisconsin, and it's just incredible. The craziest thing is that if you read it through and pay attention, recurring "characters" will start to show up in the clippings. There's also amazing photos. I found parts of it pee-my-pants hilarious, but in a totally off-kilter, morbid way. I don't know if it's really what you're looking for, but it's a cool-ass book.

I tend to read fiction, so I'm kinda short on recs, but I'm really looking forward to checking out what everyone else recommends. I'd love to hear your review(s) later, if you end up reading a book that someone recs.
velena
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
*a hilarious

"H" words always fuck me up with whether or not they're a vowel sound.
lostvirtue
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Both Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell are a lot easier reads than The Wordy Shipmates.
rinalia
Jun. 19th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I've put Assassination Vacation on hold at the library. Yay. :)
rinalia
Jun. 18th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to read Trout, so I should definitely add that - thanks!

Sarah Vowell sounds up my alley too.

Heh, Wisconsin Death Trip might just be what I need - bizarre and humorous!

I've been on a big fiction kick, neglecting my non-fiction buddies.

Thanks for the rec'ds!
wirenth
Jun. 18th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
any of mary roach's books.
the sex lives of cannibals by j. maarten troost
rinalia
Jun. 18th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Stiff looks entertaining, I will have to try reading that.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals sounds perfect!
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