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Reality Check: Nonfiction Books

Posted Monday, August 2, 2010

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Reality Check: Nonfiction Books Escape from the usual landscape of summer fiction for the excitement of the real world. Consider these new non-fiction books for summer reading: A colorful and unlikely memoir on the underbelly of high-stakes sports betting; a portrait of one of the fastest growing enterprises in a down economy - bilking the working poor. And here's a topic everyone has first-hand experience at...being wrong. A new book says there's a bright side to making mistakes. A checklist might help. Mike McIntyre talks about all that with a few professional book-lovers ...and you Monday, starting at 9am on 90.3.


Arts and Culture, Economy, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Miscellaneous


Dave Ferrante, Owner, Visible Voice Books
Parul Sehgal, Nonfiction Reviews Editor, Publishers Weekly
Patrick Manning, Nordonia Hills Branch Manager, Akron-Summit County Public Library

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Books Selected by Patrick Manning:
-The Invisible Gorilla; And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
-Objects of Our Affection: Uncovering My Family’s Past, One Chair, Pistol, and Pickle Fork at a Time, by Lisa Tracy
-Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By, by Anna Jane Grossman
-Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music, by Greg Milner
-Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters into Life-Changing Moments, by Melinda Blau
-It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff, by Peter Walsh
-The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, by Jennifer Lee
-Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, by Matthew Algeo
-Achtung Schweinehund: A Boy’s Own Story of Imaginary Combat, by Harry Pearson
-The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies, by Ed Epstein

Books Selected by Parul Sehgal:
-Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling by Beth Raymer (interview by Peter Siegel)
-Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave by Peter Heller
-Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg
-Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Grace Caldwell
-Composed: A Memoir by Roseanne Cash
-Mentor by Tom Grimes
-The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Science & Social Science:
-Rational Optimists by Matt Ridley
-The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
-Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Katherine Schultz
-Brilliant: The Evolution of Artifical Light by Jane Brox
-The Fever by Sonia Shah
-Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
-Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissel
Suspenseful Nonfiction Narratives:
-Finding Chandra by Scott Higham and Sari Horowitz
-The Tiger by John Vaillant
-The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo
-Diary of a Very Bad Year by Anonymous, intro. By Keith Gessen
-The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager
-Broke USA by Gary Rivlin
-Retirementology by Gregory Salsbury

Books Selected by Dave Ferrante:
-The Big Short-Michael Lewis
-Empire of the Summer Moon :Quanah Parker and The Rise And Fall Of The Comanche, The Most Powerful Tribe In America History: S.C. Gwynne
-The Death and Life of The American School System: Diane Ravitch
-Women, Food, and God: Geneen Roth
-The Icarcus Syndrome: A History Of American Hubris:Peter Beinart
-Oil: Tom Bower

Books Suggested by Listeners:
The Bridge, Iain Banks
Money Ball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Michael M. Lewis
Liar’s Poker, Michael M. Lewis
Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Financial Meltdown, David Wiedemer, Robert Wiedemer, Cindy Spitzer
Eye of the Albatross, Carl Safina
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
The Way We Eat: Why Our Choices Matter, Peter Singer, Jim Mason
Farms and Foods of Ohio, Marilou K. Suszko
Clublife, Rob the Bouncer
A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
Mycelium Running, Paul Stamets
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins

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Toni 9:39 AM 8/2/10

Because of my love for books and the library, this is one of my favorite programs. Thanks for all the suggestions. I enjoyed all of the Gladwell books so I will definitely read “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error” by Katherine Schultz.

Some of the books that I read that I highly recommend is “Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability” by David Owen that I actually heard about last year. It is about sustainability and how eliminating your car is the best thing to do for our environment.

I also recommend “The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind”
by Barbara Strauch and “Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us” by Alyssa Katz about the housing crisis.

Kathy 8:24 PM 8/2/10

The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman


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