Weekly Meeting: A Bunch of Non-Fiction

Salt

Read:

Eating and Drinking:

  • A salad and water (OMG I have no more room- went to an Octoberfest event in town and ate sausage and drank beer.)

This is going to be a short meeting post.  I am still a bit burnt out from Saturday’s Readathon.  I prefer to read fiction, but every so often I jump feet first into non-fiction.  It’s because reading non-fiction feels a lot like doing my job.  When I read non-fiction I prefer it to be in story format.  I really like being told a story.  Putting memoirs aside, there are some great non-fiction writers who tell amazing stories.  Both Salt and The Meaning of Everything are written by authors who fit in that category.  They are called microhistory books.  They are well researched, but highly focused on a specific period or part of history.

The Meaning of Everything

When I think back to history classes, I always feel like they covered too much.  They never got to finish because we ran out of time.  We never got complete coverage of a topic because there was too much to cover.  Never mind bias and attempts to reframe history.  A microhistory allows a reader to really focus on one specific element.The Meaning of Everything, for example, focuses on the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.   Salt, on the other hand, focuses on all of history in relation to salt (yes, what you use to season food).

BTW, all three books are part of the Book Lust Challenge.  It’s this challenge that gets me reading more non-fiction than before.

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