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Featured Non-Fiction, 10/27

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby is a compelling take on Fitzgerald, Gatsby, and the roaring twenties. Working off an outline of Fitzgerald’s inspirations for the various chapters of his novel The Great Gatsby, the author parallels the plot of the book with Fitzgerald’s Read more

Featured Non-Fiction, 3/24

The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest is an easy-reading, engrossing account of that man’s adventures and achievements while serving underground as a Catholic priest in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. You’d never guess that it was originally written in Latin in 1606. As a Catholic priest, Gerard was forced to Read more

Featured Non-Fiction, 11/18

The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea (originally published in the UK as Leviathan or, The Whale) is an eclectic book about a variety of things of which the unifying factor is whales. It’s a memoir of the author’s love of whales, his love of Moby Read more

Featured Non-Fiction, 11/11

Lamy of Santa Fe is the biography of Jean Baptiste Lamy, the first Archbishop of Santa Fe and the inspiration for the protagonist of Willa Cather’s seminal novel Death Comes for the Archbishop. Coming from humble circumstances in rural Auvergne, France, he became a missionary priest in Ohio before Read more

Featured Non-Fiction, 11/4

The Eagle is the memoir/autobiography of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna, sometime President and Dictator of Mexico. Originally written in his final exile in Nassau, the Bahamas, in the 1870s, the 1966 English edition was its first real time in print. If you’ve ever wanted to enter into Read more

Featured Non-Fiction 10/21

An Armenian Sketchbook is Vassily Grossman’s loose account of his time spent in Soviet Armenia in 1961, while working on translating (fixing up a literal translation) of a long Armenian novel about a copper works (it can’t get any more Soviet than that!). The author had run into major Read more