Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 A Review of my Nonfiction Reading. Part I, December to July


I normally read four to seven books at a time and I try to always have a nonfiction book in the works.

1.  The Story of the Jews Finding the Words 1000 BC to 1492 AD by Simon  Schama

2.  The Life of Wallace Stevens The Whole Harmonium by Paul Mariani - a book for those into the subject matter

3.  The First Nazi Ever Erich Ludendorff by Will Browneell.  For sure worth reading

5.  Return to Zion The History of Modern Israel  by Erich Gartmano.  An excellent introduction 

6.  Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

7. The Hotel Years Wandering in Europe Essays by Joseph Roth translated and introduced by Michael Hoffman.  They come no smarter than Joseph Roth

8.  Ostend, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth and the Summer Before the Darkness by Voltar awardee an.  An ex dent book for those with an interest in the subject.

9.  Shocking Paris Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders who are of Montparnasse by Stanley Messler. Very well done work

10.  Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick.  A fascinating book.  

11.   Why this World a Biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser

12.   Former People The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith.  Must reading for Russian history buffs

13.  Paris at War 1939 to 1944 David Drake.  Good history

14.  Coco Chanel A life by Justine Picarde. Inferior to book number 10

15.  A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead.  Important addiction  to French Holocaust Literature

16.  The Hidden Children The Secret Survivors of the Holocaust by Jane Marks.  An important addition to Holocaust literature

17.   Secrets of the Flesh A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman.  A brilliant biography and much more 

18.  Helen Rubenstein The Woman Who Invented Beauty by Michelle Fitoussi- a very interesting story about a woman who went from a poor girl in Ukraine to a billionaire 

19.  The Sleepwalkers How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark.  First rate history

20.  The Life of Irend Nemirovsky by Oliver Philipponnot. If you love the work of Iréne Nemirosky as I do,you will love this book 

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