Nonfiction Books on Oakton’s Nightstands

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many wonderful titles were discussed in this Fall’s Library orientation program “What’s On My Nightstand? There was so many titles, in fact, that I decided to make two posts. This first post is all the nonfiction titles we discussed.

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain

This book studies the changes in society from a matriarchal to a patriarchal society and ties it to the change from an oral to a written tradition of communication.

Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming by Yasmin B. Kafai, et al

This book is a collection of articles that explore how gender and gaming intersects. They look at the rise in women gamers, the stereotypes, the professionals, the prejudice, and more.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

This memoir follows Elizabeth on her journey of self-discovery through  Europe and Asia.

How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution by Jack Horner and James Gorman
A Science book about how it may be possible to take chicken DNA and reverse engineer it to make a dinosaur.

Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

This book tells the story of a man who adopts a stray dog during a camping trip, and how he lets the dog train itself.

The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed Lives by Cheryl Jarvis

This lighthearted and sweet non-fiction tells about 13 women who pitch in together to buy an expensive diamond necklace to share among themselves and how it changed their lives.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee

This books studies the compulsion of hoarding through various case studies and how items gain meaning in human culture.

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stuart

This beautifully illustrated book tells fascinating and intriguing tales of how plants have drugged, injured and killed people while giving pertinent data on the plant itself.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The story of a couple who owns a zoo in Poland during WWII and use it to hide and eventually smuggle out Jews during the Holocaust.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider


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Thought I would add: any volume in the (now) five volume set of “War in the Pacific” by Jerome Hagen. For any WWII buff, these books are must reads. For example, did you know that in the mountains of Nagano, the 1998 Winter Olympics site (!), there is a fortress hand-carved out by Korean slave labor for the emergency evacuation of Hirohito, should the allies have invaded Japan and taken Tokyo. When the war ended, all documents associated with the mountain fortress were destroyed, and all the slave laborers were executed and cremated.

There is also an extensive discussion of the early war in China, who Chaing Kaishek really was, etc.

Happy reading!


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