Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Great nonfiction that must be read til all hours

The Poisoner's Handbook
The Poisoner's Handbook Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York By Blum, Deborah Book - 2010 614.13097471 B658p 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Delicious blend of history and drama, biochemistry and toxicology, and the very beginning of the science of forensics.

Buried in the Sky
Buried in the Sky The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day By Zuckerman, Peter Book - 2012 796.522095491 Z943b 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Did you read Into Thin Air? I think most of Portland did. My book club read Buried in the Sky a few months ago and the vote was that this book was better. A stunning read by a Portland author. Its import is, sadly, even greater since the tragic death of more than a dozen Sherpa climbers on Everest recently.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis By Egan, Timothy Book - 2012 770.92 C978es 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 38 copies

Annotation:It took Curtis over 30 years to capture all the photographs. It's the kind of work that would change anyone, and it changed him profoundly, from detached observer to fierce advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in 1952, just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. Fascinating, heartbreaking, stunning read.

The Destiny of the Republic
The Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President By Millard, Candice Book - 2011 973.84092 G2312m 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book's cover will give the impression that it's deadly dull. Nothing could be further from the truth. Who knows anything about James Garfield, our 20th President? Other than he was assassinated, I mean. The psychotic office-seeker who shot him may have actually fired the gun, but at a time when doctors in America doubted the existence of bacteria, who was it that actually killed Garfield? Narrative history at its finest.

The Fiddler in the Subway
The Fiddler in the Subway The True Story of What Happened When A World-class Violinist Played for Handouts-- and Other Virtuoso Performances by America's Foremost Feature Writer By Weingarten, Gene Book - 2010 818.5407 W4238f 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The title article is the story behind the setup of Joshua Bell playing for handouts in a Washington, D.C. subway station. Would anyone notice who it was playing the bazillion dollar violin? Almost no one. Every other story ranges from a good+ to brilliant. My favorite is the shortest, only a few pages long, where his father is telling him about a vision problem he's having. I would read Gene Weingarten's grocery list.

Eating Dirt
Eating Dirt Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life With the Tree-planting Tribe By Gill, Charlotte Book - 2011 333.751530971 G4752e 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:What happens after a clear cut through a forest in the Great Northwest? Most often, a crew of tree-planters come in and stuff saplings into the ground as quickly as humanly possible. I'm not a poetry sort of person, much to the embarrassment of my English degree, but the spare gorgeousness of this writing is about as close as I will come. Winner of the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction.

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