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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2009-08-26 03:20 pm
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Popular nonfiction recs

I am in the mood for pop nonfiction on any topic, but I am especially interested in medicine, biological sciences, sociology and psychology, and adventure/disaster/survival. Please rec me.

Books I have already read: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science and Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance (fantastic; highly recommended), most books by Jon Krakauer of which I especially enjoyed Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains, all of Malcolm Gladwell of which my favorite was Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (great, but avoid the sequel), Freakonomics (shallow and dumb), the How We Live/How We Die books (Die is better), and mamy books by Jerome Groopman, Oliver Sacks, Sharman Apt Russell (Anatomy Of A Rose: Exploring The Secret Life Of Flowers is excellent), Diane Ackerman (I don't like her), Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II (excellent), Virgin: The Untouched History (smart, funny, and genuinely eye-opening.) But that sort of thing.

I'm basically looking for books that are accessible but not stupid, gripping, well-written or at least not poorly written, and informative. I would especially enjoy books in the adventure/disaster/survival genre by and/or about women.

If you rec, please check my sidebar to make sure you're not reccing books I've already reviewed here.

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