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Old 03-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #31
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I read virtually zero non-fiction, but I did read (and loved) The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. It's about explorer Percy Fawcett and his attempt to find an ancient city in the Amazon.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:48 PM   #32
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I would like to recommend Trick or Treatment? - Alternative medicine on trial and Big Bang, both by Simon Singh.
For what I know, they are only available as DTBs.
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The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is an excellent book about the famous Broad Street outbreak of Cholera in London. I bought it as an audiobook from iTunes. Fascinating stuff.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:05 PM   #34
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Stiff by Mary Roach: You'll learn all about cadavers.
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She has a few great books. I really enjoyed Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. In spite of the topic, it's very entertaining and even funny at times.
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I just finished "Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach. It's a well researched and very down to earth (irony not intended) look into how to get humans into space and keep them healthy there. There is a fair bit of potty humor so if that sort of thing puts you off you may not enjoy it as much.
Another vote for Mary Roach. I thought Bonk and Packing for Mars were fun reads (haven't picked up Stiff yet).

How about The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan? About a contest-entering mother in the 1950s.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:22 PM   #35
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The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is an excellent book about the famous Broad Street outbreak of Cholera in London. I bought it as an audiobook from iTunes. Fascinating stuff.
Read it in paper and a very interesting book.
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Another vote for Mary Roach. I thought Bonk and Packing for Mars were fun reads (haven't picked up Stiff yet).
And another vote for Mary Roach. I've read all of her books and enjoyed each and every one.
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Read it in paper and a very interesting book.
Definitely and very well-written.

I haven't read American Uprising yet but I am going to buy that in hardcover and I haven't bought it yet. Anyway, I want it in my physical library because it features my Greatx6 grandfather, Manuel Andry. His son Gilbert that got killed was a younger brother of my Greatx5, Michael Andry. Check out the NPR excerpt.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/16/132839...on-new-orleans

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Ameri...jSw/page1.html

And this would be Manuel's Granddaughter, Michael's daughter, my Greatx4 Marie Sophie Andry Lepretre.

http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/cd...SOBOX=1&REC=12
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