It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of nonfiction.
I don’t have anything against it, really, it’s just that I so rarely enjoy reading it. Maybe I’m not scholarly enough to enjoy something without an obvious narrative. Maybe I’m too much of an anarchist to commit to a certain set of fixed data. At any rate, I often find, after finishing a book of nonfiction, that I don’t know quite what to do what I’ve read. The Tipping Point had a lot of nice evidence, but mostly I felt like it took a lot of pages to articulate the process for a product to gain popularity. And then what am I supposed to do with that? It’s not the author’s fault, of course, it’s mine. Sometimes I just feel like, “so what?” I know there are people who feel completely opposite– that fiction is the waste of time, and nonfiction is The Truth– and I have no problem with that. I’m not against nonfiction, I just don’t enjoy nonfiction.
Which is why I’m asking for your help. What are some of your favorite nonfiction books? Why do you enjoy that particular book? What should I read next?
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