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Nonfiction for the Fiction-Minded: Two new additions that you can’t put down!

Every so often a nonfiction book will break out of the genre stereotypes and present fascinating true information in an accessible and highly entertaining style that will hook you as surely as easily as your favorite fiction author’s work. Imagine how excited we were this week when we received not one but two nonfiction books sure to cause you to stay up late: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) and Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. (from author’s website)

For more information check out the book page on the NPR website. There you’ll find interviews, the history behind the book, and reviews.

“Steve Jobs, staring down death, had just received a new liver. He lay in a Memphis hospital bed in 2009, floating in and out of consciousness, but he was alert enough — and acting like Steve Jobs, authoritarian design sage — that he pronounced an oxygen mask totally unacceptable. He disapproved of the design.”-Washington Post

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. (book description)

This Washington Post review offers a great look at both the book and its brilliant but controversial subject.



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One thought on “Nonfiction for the Fiction-Minded: Two new additions that you can’t put down!

  1. I read the Henrietta Lacks book last year and the reviewer was right. I couldn’t put it down!

    It was an eye opener for the naive.

    I was left with many new questions and it started me off on a further research jag and to some other books: “Dr. Mary’s Monkey” and “Me and Lee.” Who would have thought that the Lacks book would point me in the direction of a new slant on President Kennedy’s assasination?

    My jury is still out on those last two books because they were based mostly on the authors’ personal experiences, but it certainly stretched my mind and was a wild ride!

    Which is leading me to start a new path of research…….Who said history was dull!

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