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06-08-09 Nonfiction, open chat

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on June 8, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion of Nonfiction for Education and Entertainment. For more LitChat discussion, be sure to search Twitter using the #litchat hashtag.

LitChat: Welcome to Monday’s LitChat. This week we’re discussing Non-fiction to Educate and to Entertain. Step into the salon and join us. #litchat
LitChat: Q1 Who are you and do you read non-fiction? If so, why? Can use more than one tweet! #litchat
BookingIt: @LitChat I’m Laura, a book blogger, and I was just realizing I rarely read non-fiction anymore. I buy it, but it sits on the shelf. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: literary nonfiction is art not imitating life, but trying to reflect it accurately, aesthetically. real, only better #litchat
insidebooks: @LitChat History books have become narrative and accessible over the last few years and are big sellers just ordered Beevor’s D-Day #litchat
ixtumea: @LitChat I l read non-fiction mostly for research–like Egypt facts for my MG book #litchat
jtlongandco: I am a writer so I read everything fiction and nonfict because my job is to collect info. process it and create a cohesive message. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: Vanessa.Avid reader.Read nonfiction to increase my knowledgE.Usaually biographical or history #litchat
doart: @litchat usually I am spurred to read non-fiction by something fictional (book or movie) that sparked an interest #litchat
mmj5170: I read non-fiction because I really want the long story or explanation and not just newspaper snapshot. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: Sorry, didn’t introduce myself. I’m co-editor of a bestselling nonfiction anthology, Tales from the Expat Harem. #litchat
mindywithrow: I’m a non-fiction author learning to write fiction. Besides fiction, I read biography, memoir, theology, philosophy & history. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: I’m an avid reader of expatriate literature in particular. Interested in seeing how cultures clash and connect #litchat
insidebooks: Love Russian history. Orlando Figes People’s Tragedy was good. You can be inspired by the events of the past. #litchat
LitChat: @Expat_Istanbul Welcome back. I remember you from your visit during our Expat Lit week with @Thandelike. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: @litchat glad to be back! Thanks! #litchat
insidebooks: Sorry introductions: avid reader. Think of War & Peace, Quiet Flows the Don and even Dr Zhivago, History breathes through them all. #litchat
LynThorneAlder: I read non-fiction because I’m fascinated by how things work and how they’ve developed. As @mmj5170, I want to know the long story. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: my current work in progress is fiction, though #litchat
bibliolatrist: @LitChat Re Q1: I don’t often read nonfic, but when I do it’s because I want to learn more about a subject. Astronomy = my favorite #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: @LynThorneAlder I agree. I read alot of science related nonfic, etc #litchat
VanessaDobbs: Iread a lot of WW1 letters after reading Birdsong #litchat
hermitpaul: I read non-fiction books because I have an undying thirst for trivial knowledge. Mostly programming, chemistry and psychology. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: nonfic has come a long way in terms of the entertainment value. Even economics is interesting these days, the way it’s styled #litchat
hermitpaul: Psychology: usually in criminal context; must know if shows like “Criminal Minds” aren’t making it up. #litchat
bibliolatrist: I’m with @doart – usually something I read in fiction spurs me to learn about it “for real” via nonfiction #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat About half of everything I read is non-fiction. I’m especially partial to history, science, and books on current politics.
DutchessAbroad: Hi I’ve published book on the role of creativity in dealing with grief. I write about art and read nonfiction #LitChat
DutchessAbroad: read nonfiction for research. #LitChat
hermitpaul: It’s presented very well, usually. There must be a ‘For Dummies’ book on a thousand equally trivial subjects. #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: @insidebooks I, too, love history books that have a narrative voice, rather than a page-by-page blows of facts. #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat I also really love travel writing, a genre that doesn’t get nearly enough attention in my opinion.
TimOBrienNYT: Love non-fiction because it’s a huge cornucopia of facts and patterns #litchat
lmango: I love memiors and biographies. Also non-fiction on women’s rights and feminism. “The Slow Movement” was one of my recent faves. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: @biblioaddict what is your favorite political book of late? #litchat
dancinfool: Love non-fiction. Like everything from biographies to books on health/science. I learn something new every time I read. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: I also like science and medicine.Popular science readable these days #litchat
mjmbecky: @LitChat Becky. Love reading newest “foodie” nonfiction as look inside world of chefs and restaurants. #litchat
mindywithrow: I read history, theology & philosophy b/c I’m curious about WHY – why we do & think as individuals & cultures. #litchat
DutchessAbroad: Much about aftermath WWII #LitChat
Expat_Istanbul: @biblioaddict much agreed. Travel lit, expat lit need more spotlight. Esp as the world continues to shrink #litchat
mjmbecky: Also, have always loved books of theory and biographies. Can’t read nonfiction w/out a pen or pencil though! #litchat
VanessaDobbs: Notkeen onthe tragic stories though too heartbreaking. Like memoirs and traveltoo #litchat
insidebooks: @CarolyBurnsBass Luckily most good history books have that narrative voice/facts balance. Stalingrad seemed to have it right. #litchat
LitChat: @Expat_Istanbul Your explanation of literary non-fiction is spot on. #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: In nonfiction, all the discoveries and surprises are in the research, and in fiction, they’re all in the writing -100 NYers of ’70s #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: @mindywithrow ditto. from Holographic Universe to A New Earth, the nature of reality from mechanical and spiritual viewpoints #litchat
mindywithrow: Being a writer, I also read lit biogs (currently reading Gooch’s FLANNERY) and books on craft. #litchat
hermitpaul: @biblioaddict I’d read more books on travel, but wallet is thin. Don’t want pages gloating to me. 🙂 #litchat
dosankodebbie: @LitChat Hi, I made it from Japan again. I didn’t use to think nonFic had to be as well-written like fiction, but I do now. #litchat
mmj5170: @TimOBrienNYT I like that explanation! #litchat
DutchessAbroad: @TimOBrienNYT how do you continue after you’ve made the discoveries? When my curiosity is ssatified I want to move on #LitChat
hermitpaul: @Expat_Istanbul The final frontier may be our own minds. Several (arrogant) people love using psychedelic drugs… #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: But the craft is increasingly important in BOTH nonfic and fic. #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: @mmj5170 it’s a valuable one #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @Expat_Istanbul agree need to be well written to keep my interest #litchat
mindywithrow: @Expat_Istanbul Yes; so many viewpoints to discover & explore. #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat @Expat_Istanbul The events he recount in that book would have been so funny if they’re weren’t so sad and true.
Expat_Istanbul: subjects that use to be (more often than not) sleep-inducers for the layperson are now accessible because more craft in creating #litchat
retheauditors: Found a new group via @timobriennyt @LitChat: LitChat blog updated with last week’s #litchat chatscripts http://www.litchat.net/past-litchats.
LitChat: Q2 fm @susanmpls: Do you read in themes? That is, bunch of books on a specific topic? #litchat
biblioaddict: @hermitpaul @Expat_Istanbul The Best American Travel writing series is a great resource for wonderful travel essays. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: Q2- yes. If impassioned on a topic, I’ll buy everything interesting on that one topic. #litchat
alexisgrant: I love reading nonfiction, esp. travel stories and narrative nonfiction. And I’m writing a travel memoir about seeing Africa solo! #litchat
DutchessAbroad: memoirs by Salinger’s lover and than the daughter’s #LitChat
Expat_Istanbul: thanks, @biblioaddict ! #litchat
VanessaDobbs: Ihave just bought a few books about the tudors. Have alsohad WW1and WW2 phases and Hist of medicine Q2 #litchat
BookingIt: @LitChat Q2 I used to, but my attention span isn’t long enough anymore. I’m usually ready for something different when I finish. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: @alexisgrant that’s fantastic. Congratulations. #litchat
mmj5170: Q2- I really like to read the political books. Sick but entertaining. #litchat
mjmbecky: As a high school English teacher, I often turn to nonfiction for writing examples. For some reason, travel writing has been good. #litchat
mindywithrow: Q2 @susanmpls I do sometimes read 2-3 books on a given subject, if interesting, but usually no more unless I’m researching. #litchat
bibliolatrist: I agree with @BookingIt – usually one book at a time on a given subject, although I may go back later (much later) for more #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: @dediaf great narration weaves the facts together in patterns that help make sense of them, yes? #litchat
mjmbecky: Themes in nonfiction are usually centered around areas of the globe we are studying w/ students. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @mjmbecky love travel writing historical like the white nile and modern #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: @TimOBrienNYT It’s those discoveries that inspire the researcher, but how the characters use the discoveries inspires the writer. #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: @CarolyBurnsBass that quote sorting out diff betw. fiction and non-fiction is from “100 New Yorkers of the 1970s” #litchat
mjmbecky: Seems to me that nonfiction is easier to jump in and out of. Can be read in bite-size chunks? #litchat
insidebooks: @VanessaDobbs Whats a good history of medicine for someone who is not scientific? #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat re: themes. Sometimes it works out that way, but often not intentionally. And usually not one right after the other.
writerscanvas: @LitChat I write women’s fiction and tend to read books in that general genre, so yes, I suppose so. Love stories w/relationships #litchat
DutchessAbroad: Thx @CarolyBurnsBass It’s those discoveries that inspire the researcher, but how the characters use the discoveries inspires the wr #LitChat
Expat_Istanbul: currently reading The Generation Game by David McWilliams, a bitingly sharp and very witty look at modern Ireland #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: @TimOBrienNYT Sorry! The tweet was too long and I chopped it, not knowing it was an attribute. Thanks for the clarification. #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat I really liked THE CANON though, which has gotten me very interested in astronomy and physics. I plan to follow up on that later.
CollectedMisc: @LitChat: re: Q1: this freelance writer/editor reads non-fic regularly to learn, be entertained & be better at my job #litchat
mindywithrow: @mjmbecky Agree. I dip in & out of non-fiction, always have something in process even while reading fiction. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @insidebooks Igot ahuge book from the works called the history of medicine for Approx £10 don’tknow if still do it #litchat
peggyfrezon: Hi #litchat I wrote a memoir on dogs and dieting which has an agent now. yay! I write for Guideposts and Chicken Soup.
dediaf: @timobrienNYT, Exactly. Narration already involves wrtg choices cornucopia didn’t imply-following partic individs, ideas, acts, etc #litchat
mmj5170: Being a Non-fiction book is not a license to not be entertaining. I expect to say “wow!” at the end. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @insidebooks covers prehistory to present day in easy to understand sections. #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat @SighWTF I loved WORLD WAR Z. I hope to get to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat soon. I love his articles in the New Yorker.
Expat_Istanbul: Many friends and family can have 5 books going at once. I can only process one at a time… #litchat
insidebooks: @VanessaDobbs Thanks that sounds good #litchat
lmango: #litchat @mindywithrow same here. I have to switch from some of my feminism non-fic to fiction b/c I get so enraged ha.
TimOBrienNYT: @dediaf agreed! #litchat
biblioaddict: @lustyreader Definitely! I’ve heard a lot of good things about FRENCH LESSONS. I need to look into it. #litchat
bibliolatrist: @biblioaddict @sighwtf Isn’t the film of WWZ coming out soon? I’m pretty sure I saw some sort of teaser / promo artwork online. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @Expat_Istanbul I’m the same can just manageone fiction andone non fiction ata time #litchat
LitChat: Q3 fm susanmpls: Does info in fiction inspire your NF choices? (May have already touched on this, but continue on.) #litchat
peggyfrezon: Reading The Art of Racing in the Rain. #litchat
PD_Smith: Absolutely! RT @TimOBrienNYT: Love non-fiction because it’s a huge cornucopia of facts and patterns #litchat
LitChat: @peggyfrezon Congratulations. Here’s to a good sale. #litchat
mindywithrow: @lmango I know the feeling! Though trying to be choosier with books so I get enraged slightly less often. ;o) #litchat
dosankodebbie: @Expat_Istanbul I often”parallel read” I have about five books going on at any one time. #litchat
insidebooks: Q3 there is often a direct link backwards and forwards until a theme comes to a natural end. #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: So best non-fiction book EVER is? 🙂 #litchat
mmj5170: Q3- I don’t recall being inspired to read a fiction story from NF. But like earlier stated the reverse is true. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: Q3- no, just the opposite. If I like a nonfic topic, I’ll read on that topic for bakground then perhaps read fiction based on it #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @LitChat Q3 sometimes fiction can lead you to want to find out more esp historical periods not covered at school or unfam cultures #litchat
peggyfrezon: @LitChat. Thanks! Sorry if I’m behind on the questions, I think I’m figuring it out now. My first #litchat!
RayGarton: @TimOBrienNYT BETTE AND JOAN: THE DIVINE FEUD by Shaun Considine. #litchat
lmango: #litchat definitely inspired by info in fiction. I’d also spend hours in the library in the non-fic section browsing for good stuff.
mmj5170: @TimOBrienNYT I love baseball and have a weird fascination to business books so Moneyball was well, Money to me. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: @dosankodebbie well done! what are your current 5? #litchat
LitChat: Q4 fm @TimOBrienNYT: So best non-fiction book EVER is? 🙂 #litchat
mindywithrow: @dosankodebbie Me too on the parallel reading. Fiction I usually do as serial, but non-fic I’ll have several going at a time. #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: @mmj5170 I have a weakness for The Power Broker by Caro. #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: Q4: Not fair! This would have to be divided by biography, how-to, history, memoir. #litchat
PaintsNature: @TimOBrienNYT Don’t know about EVER, but “Skeletons of the Zahara” “Undaunted Courage” and “One River” are among my faves. #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat re: Q3. Oddly, I dont think I’e ever been inspired by fiction to read nonfiction. Nor the other way around. Usually its NF=more NF.
VanessaDobbs: @LitChat Q4 I loved Testament of youth by Vera Brittain #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: Q4- if we’re talking nonfic, does that mean the best CRAFTED nonfc work, or the nonfic that impacted my life most? Ideas count,here #litchat
mindywithrow: Q4: Impossible! Too many non-fic categories to choose 1 title from 1 category. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @CarolyBurnsBass agrre impossible to choose best ever #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: Q4: Right now I’m loving THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield. (For the third time.) #litchat
mmj5170: Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start is a fantastic book for starting any project as well as amazingly entertaining. Ever? But good. #litchat
jtlongandco: Best nonfiction ever: Joseph Campbell’s mythology series. #litchat
TimOBrienNYT: @mindywithrow you have to try anway. 🙂 #litchat
lmango: #litchat does anyone start drawing a blank when asked for fave books? I forget the book I’m even currently reading. Do I even read? Crap.
jtlongandco: RT @CarolyBurnsBass Right now I’m loving THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield. (For the third time.) #litchat
KFZuzulo: #litchat @TimOBrienNYT The Caliph’s House, by Tahir Shah; close 2nd for me is Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl-appeals to mouth & heart
biblioaddict: #litchat re: Q4. Right now, my favorite non-fiction book is THE CANON by Natalie Angier.
Expat_Istanbul: @lmango I’m with you there #litchat
alexisgrant: Reading Three Cups of Tea, which is fabulous so far. #litchat
jtlongandco: RT @VanessaDobbs @LitChat Q4 I loved Testament of youth by Vera Brittain #litchat
biblioaddict: #litchat I’ve never read a nonfiction book on science with such sparkling prose.
VanessaDobbs: @lmango lol can never remember titles or authors if put onthe spot #litchat
jtlongandco: RT @alexisgrant Reading Three Cups of Tea, which is fabulous so far. #litchat
peggyfrezon: Q4 #litchat For writers, Stein on Writing is super helpful.
jtlongandco: RT @biblioaddict #litchat re: Q4. Right now, my favorite non-fiction book is THE CANON by Natalie Angier.
mjmbecky: @mindywithrow Is nice to use nonfiction and fiction hand in hand. I just used Jamaica Kincaid’s nonfiction to help teach fict. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @alexisgrant have that in my pile to read #litchat
mindywithrow: @lmango & @vanessadobbs Same here – even if I’ve met or interviewed the author!! #litchat
jtlongandco: RT @peggyfrezon Q4 #litchat For writers, Stein on Writing is super helpful.
dosankodebbie: @Expat_Istanbul All different genres. A Non-Fic anthology (ExPat Harem), a mystery, a picturebook, theology, and a Japanese novel #litchat
mjmbecky: Couldn’t possibly think of “favorite” in nonfiction. Not the same emotional connection. Like, but not label “favorite”…yet. #litchat
lmango: @VanessaDobbs I inevitably sound like a moron, then shout out the first book I recall which is usually like JaniceDickensons bio #litchat
EliseBlackwell: @TimOBrienNYT @LitChat Since we can’t count W.G. Sebald as nonfiction, I’ll pick Rising Tide as a great recent nonfiction bk. #litchat
mindywithrow: @mjmbecky Great! Husband just used a Flannery O’Connor story in teaching a philosophical theology class. Love the cross-genre. #litchat
history_geek: RT @timobrienNYT So best non-fiction book EVER is? 🙂 #litchat
jtlongandco: @mjmbecky So pair Gone with the Wind with Bruce Catton’s The Civil War? #litchat
mmj5170: The bargain table dictates a lot of the NF that I read, I must profess. #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @lmango lol. I have to keep a file of everything I read and referto that #litchat
dosankodebbie: @LitChat Recommend Asking the Right Questions by Brown & Kealy about critical thinking. Helps me be a discerning reader of non-fic #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: @mmj5170 Nothing wrong with bargain table books. I always hit those stacks first. #litchat
alexisgrant: Any other suggestions for books on how to write nonfiction? RT @peggyfrezon Stein on Writing is super helpful. #litchat
Expat_Istanbul: sorry to cut out early, but cinderella has to get to bed before istanbul clocks strike midnight! Hope to join again soon! #litchat
jtlongandco: RT @dosankodebbie Best NF Asking the Right Questions by Brown & Kealy. Helps me be a discerning reader of non-fic #litchat
mjmbecky: @mindywithrow Yes! Students amazed to see authors explaining their own idea. Kincaid’s, A Small Place, great for that. #litchat
EliseBlackwell: #litchat For a nonfiction book about books, try Library: An Unquiet History. Very smart, gracefully written. (author is on twitter, too.)
VanessaDobbs: @Expat_Istanbul Goodnight #litchat
CarolyBurnsBass: @alexisgrant If you’re writing memoir, you should also be studying fictional techniques for pacing, tension, and voice. #litchat
lmango: @VanessaDobbs that is a GREAT idea #litchat
mindywithrow: @EliseBlackwell LIBRARY sounds great! Thanks for the rec. #litchat
dosankodebbie: @Expat_Istanbul hoe to chat with you again #litchat
Kirchberg: @TimOBrienNYT “Last Chance To See” by Douglas Adams #litchat
Kevin_Lately: The Bass Booms & Rims Spin. It’s Saturday night & My girl Gina sits @ my side. Her hand in my lap. This Street is Easy;but Not Gina #litchat
alexisgrant: @CarolyBurnsBass Yes, for sure! (I actually blog about that here: http://tinyurl.com/nz9gfb ) Good point. #litchat
lmango: #litchat Not sure for NF but Wild Mind by natalie goldberg was great inspiration for writing in general.
peggyfrezon: @alexis grant I also like The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante. #litchat
mjmbecky: Sorry, but favorite nonfiction has to be essays by Michel de Montaigne. Will take me years to cover them all! #litchat
bibliolatrist: A Brief History of Time is one of my nonfiction faves #litchat
RogerSPress: RT @TimOBrienNYT: So best non-fiction book EVER is? 🙂 #litchat — that’s easy: OED
mindywithrow: @mjmbecky A SMALL PLACE new to me. Will check out – thanks! #litchat
mjmbecky: @mindywithrow Is fabulous, & will change the way you look at being a “tourist” forever! #litchat
dediaf: @RogerSPress Ack, you’re a man after me own heart. Though I do love Caro and Michael Lewis so (others’ replies) #litchat
mjmbecky: @Litchat Nonfiction must reads? Or, is that question too loaded? #litchat
nancyrawlinson: Nonfiction writing guides? Telling True Stories by the Harvard Neiman Foundation #litchat
Jnagymama: @TimoBrianNYT ‘And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic’ by Randy Shilts #litchat
nancyrawlinson: Also, The New New Journalism, ed. by Robert Boynton. #litchat
Jnagymama: @TimOBrienNYT ‘And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic’ by Randy Shilts #litchat
mjmbecky: Question though…is political nonfiction really nonfiction? Sometimes feel as though getting as much fiction because of opinion? #litchat
nancyrawlinson: @TimoBrianNYT Best NF is too broad a category, IMHO. You’ve got your memoir, your journalism-driven, your idea-based exploration #litchat
doart: @mjmbecky good point. Political NF is very slanted. I think it’s in its own category #litchat
mmj5170: @mjmbecky Good question concerning Political NF! I guess just have to give benefit of the doubt. Any book can be wrong, I guess. #litchat
RogerSPress: @dediaf How cd U pick _one_ best-written nf bk? Impossible. QED: OED, which towers over all efforts. The Wikipedia of 19th century #litchat
nancyrawlinson: Here’s a NF book which cross boundaries in terms of “type” but is a compelling read: “The Spirit Catches You…” by Anne Fadiman #litchat
Spenceratops2: @TimOBrienNYT Boswell’s Life of Johnson would be best ever. Favorite recent nf book is “The Metaphysical Club” by Louis Menand. #litchat
peggyfrezon: @TimOBrienNYT Ah, OED -bad memories. Few years ago I passed one by at a garage sale (50 cents) Then found out how valuable it is. #litchat
mindywithrow: @mjmbecky Not just political non-fic – have to fact-check all kinds. Everything boils down to perspective, eh? #litchat
mmj5170: Thank you all, especially to @litchat for hosting. Must run, see ya next time. #litchat
LitChat: We’ve come to the end of our official 1-hour chat, but feel free to continue discussing the best non-fiction ever. #litchat
lmango: thank you! Great chat! #litchat
LitChat: Come back on Wednesday for guest host @amyeureka, author of WICKED PLANTS. She keeps a poison garden at her house! #litchat
VanessaDobbs: @LitChat thanks for hosting and to everyone for great chat #litchat
foliosociety: For style and substance Gribbins ‘History of Western Science’ #litchat
LitChat: Read more about @amyeureka and her book WICKED PLANTS on her website at http://www.amystewart.com. #litchat
LitChat: While I have your attention, is anyone interested in moderating LitChat next week M-W-F? I will be in Ireland for business. #litchat
EliseBlackwell: RT @LitChat: Topic in #litchat is Non-fiction to Educate & Entertain. Guest host on WED is @amyeureka, author of WICKED PLANTS. 1pm PST.
lmango: After a great #litchat, I’m heading to get a library card in my new city. I’ll be browsing the stacks then popping champagne with my man.
caferozella: RT @TimOBrienNYT: So best non-fiction book EVER is? 🙂 #litchat Darwin, “Origin of the Species”
Best_Books: sorry to hv missed #litchat tonight – am now reading back debate – sounds fun!
LitChat: @dosankodebbie Sorry I missed this until now: Go to http://www.tweetchat.com. Sign in just like twitter, then enter room #litchat.
mjmbecky: @jtlongandco Hadn’t considered that pairing. 🙂 Although, GWTW is a bit long for my students! #litchat
otolythe: RT @EliseBlackwell For a nonfiction book about books, try Library: An Unquiet History. Very smart, gracefully written #litchat
redRavine: QM: Catching up. RT @LitChat: Wednesday guest host @amyeureka, author of WICKED PLANTS. She keeps a poison garden at her house! #litchat
redRavine: QM: Reading: RT @LitChat: Read more about @amyeureka and her book WICKED PLANTS on her website at http://www.amystewart.com. #litchat
susanmpls: Loved Janisse Ray’s “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” & Bill McKibben’s “Deep Economy” @TimOBrienNYT: best NF bk EVER? #litchat
LynThorneAlder: @Expat_Istanbul My favorite topics are archaic how-to; Foxfire, for example, or good SCA stuff. How it was done in the way-back. #litchat


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