Must-read non-fiction?

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  1. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    Recommend some must-read non-fiction literature.

    I don't care if it's philosophy, anatomy, crack smoking techniques, racist propaganda or whatever. Something interesting, insightful. Perhaps a little funny. If it's out of print or off the beaten track, go ahead and recommend it anyways.

    Any gems hidden in the piles of garbage which shouldn't even exist?
     
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    I'm currently reading Douglas Adams' Last Chance to See, which is essentially a travel/conservation book about going to look for endangered animals. As an enormous fan of his Hitchhiker's Guide books, I'm surprised it has taken me so long to get around to reading this one. It's written in his usual style and so has some great funny stuff in amongst the serious stuff, such as his observations of airports and officials in Zaire.
     
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  5. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    Non-fiction?

    Notes from Underground, by Dostoevsky. I think that's the sp.
     
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  7. §outh§tar is feeling caustic Registered Senior Member

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    Tolstoy's 'A Confession' and Spengler's 'The Decline of the West' are both very good in their own respect.

    Wanted to read 'An Eternal Golden Braid' too but I've been preocuppied with Crime and Punishment..
     
  8. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    This is also Dostoevsky. Dude's great. Even talks about tooth ache. The moans and everything!

    lol

    edit: that is, what i am talking about is again from Notes from Underground. Really cool peice of literature. Music. IMO
     
  9. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, but he is such a downer

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  10. Roman Banned Banned

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    Michael Crichton's Travels is pretty good. A bunch of short, autobiographical stories.
     
  11. gendanken Ruler of All the Lands Valued Senior Member

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    Turgenev, Turgenev, Turgenev.

    Saki's a little stale, but more than makes up for it with wit.
     
  12. cole grey Hi Valued Senior Member

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    godel, escher, bach - an eternal golden braid.
    A little heavier than harry potter, I would say, but still fun - an amazing book.
     
  13. water the sea Registered Senior Member

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    Two by Roland Barthes:

    -- The empire of signs -- for the simplicity of it
    -- Camera lucida -- for the ingenuity and intimacy of it
     
  14. hug-a-tree Live the life Registered Senior Member

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    a million little pieces, angelas ashes, Tis, and teacher man. All really good.
     
  15. Roman Banned Banned

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    Aren't those fiction, hug?
     
  16. Cottontop3000 Death Beckoned Registered Senior Member

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    You do know that the author of this book has admitted to making a shit-load of it up, right?
     
  17. Roman Banned Banned

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    And Angelas Ashes, if I'm not mistaken, is told from the perspective of a murdered girl looking down from heaven.
     
  18. hug-a-tree Live the life Registered Senior Member

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    No, Angelas ashes is about this mans life in Ireland. Your thinking of "the lovely bones" that was a good book too. But yeah, that ones fiction.
    Angelas Ashes is by Frank McCourt. They made the book into a movie. It's just about living in ireland during a hard time and how he wanted to go to America.
     
  19. hug-a-tree Live the life Registered Senior Member

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    yeah...I know. I was pretty disappointed by that. I mean it's still a good book though. And it's still under non-fiction.
     
  20. Roman Banned Banned

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    Well then, I am all kinds of mistaken.
     
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  22. hug-a-tree Live the life Registered Senior Member

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    it's really good, Roman!
     
  23. CounslerCoffee Registered Senior Member

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    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus.
    The War Against Cliche by Martin Amis
    Gunpowder by Jack Kelly

    Anything by the good Doctor (Hunter S. Thompson).

    James Frey only made up parts of his book, A Million Little Whatevers (I don't Give a Shit). Anything Oprah says is good is mostly crap. Except Faulkner, but I expect that nobody read those books when she recommended them. Besides, classics are the books that no one reads.

    The Lovely Bones ain't got nothin' in it worth spit.

    Alright, you can go back to talking about popular books that suck and pretend to know that you've heard of Albert Camus. Goodnight.
     

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