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What kind of nonfiction do you read?

What types do you like and dislike?


I read self help, learning languages, art, or social issue based nonfiction. Always had an interest in theory or principle based nonfiction vs. books focusing on long detailed facts about historical events.
 

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I mostly just read true crime if I'm venturing into nonfiction. Within that, I tend to gravitate towards material featuring serial killers, although I enjoyed Columbine a lot.
 

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Concerning the Spiritual In Art by Wassily Kandinsky is a great non-fiction book. A bit difficult to understand, but I'd say that he's pretty good at articulating his abstract thoughts (and this guy gets deep). I could even post a little excerpt from it if anyone is interested.
 
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Enneagram books!! Haha.

I like memoirs and biographies. Ruth Reichl is always good. The Glass Castle is a book I enjoy.

I love Irvin D. Yalom's writings on psychotherapy and existentialism.

An Unquiet Mind is a lovely memoir.

Various psychology texts. Things about human relations, even ones I think are part BS are interesting in their way.

Right now I'm reading some Sartre and Nietzsche, and Jung's compiled works.

I love Black Boy by Richard Wright, that's a great book, I am fairly sure he's a four. I prefer it to the fiction counterpart, Native Son.

I like Augusten Burrough's memoirs even though in the end they kind of depressed me. As a young teen I romanticized his aimless wandering, now it makes me sad as I see he was running away from a good life in many ways...

Oh, Jane Goodall's books on her years with the chimps at Gombe are excellent!
Books on animal psychology.

I've also been reading the Dali Lama's various texts, and other religious/spirtitual texts. I really liked the Dali Lama's text on something along the lines of, how to be a happy person or the like.

And, cheesy chick lit (the authors hate that term but whatever), I liked Eat, Pray, Love and I like the Italian Affair by Laura Fraser.

Biographies-- Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Kurt Cobain, it's all pretty fascinating.

That's all I got right now.

I don't like non-fiction that so desperately tries to make it's point it looks like dogma. Other than that, I'm ok with it. Oh, and I don't like those non-fiction memoirs or books they churn out to be best-sellers by aging porn stars or chefs on the cooking channel. No one cares.
 

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I love reading books on spirituality, philosophy, self help, and archaeology. Some of my favorites include Time and The Soul, King Warrior Magician Lover, Supernatural, Fingerprints of the Gods, Wild At Heart, Iron John, The Shaman And Ayuahasca, and The Message of the Sphinx.

I also love reading biographies and auto-biographies of people who have done extraordinary things. Most notably:
1. The River of Doubt(Teddy Roosevelt adventures down an unknown river in the Amazon jungle and nearly dies while facing hostile natives, brutal jungle conditions, lack of surplise, disease, and murder.),
2. We Die Alone(an expatriate Norwegian commando survives a nazi amush that kills his whole team and must escape occupied Norway amidst the freezing conditions of the arctic, and the nazis in hot pursuit.)
3. Please Kill Me, The Uncensored Oral History of Punk(Raw unedited interviews of the people who created the scene, from New York in the late 50's, to Detroit in the 60's and back to the New York, and London scenes of the 70's. You hear it all, from the ones who were there. Rare interviews from Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Any Warhol, The Ramones and Sid and Nancy themselves.)
4. Miles (Miles Davis telling it how it was then and how it is now. He holds nothing back and writes as if he's talking to you one on one. He talks about music, his drug addictions, the women in his life, and makes no bones about any of it.)
 

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Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Mating in Captivity - Esther Perel
Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely
Deep Survival: How Lives, Who Dies and Why - Laurence Gonzales

I like non-fiction that gives me another way to view the human condition.
 

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PICTURE BOOKS! I love books that are mainly photos of just about anything: nature, architecture, art, other places in the world...

I'm interested in a wide range of non-fiction, however I usually don't manage to persevere through an entire book of it. While fascinating, I find it too easy to put down after a chapter and never get around to picking it up again.

I'm perhaps most drawn to books about culture/society/psychology - current times, historical, or other countries, also archaeology
Science and nature are also interesting to me, particularly animals/ecosystems, space, physics (chemistry and internal biology not as much)
Philosophy and theology
How-to books are interesting as well, since I enjoy a lot of different kinds of crafts and value old-fashioned hand-made things

I've never really been interested in biographies.

Let me try to think of some of the books I have on my shelf upstairs....
An Experiment in Criticism - what reading is really about! I love C.S. Lewis
Zamba - about a lion, I always wanted a pet lion as a kid
In Defense of Food - loved this! say no to food-like products
This is Your Brain on Music - very interesting, helped me identify some things I hadn't been able to describe properly before
The Tao of Pooh - cute and some good thoughts
In Praise of Slowness - YES!
The Homework Myth - this got me riled up while being theraputic at the same time, if you hated school, you'll love this!
The Cuddle Sutra - so adorable, all INFPs should have this! hehe
The Snowflake - beautifull images
Prehistoric Britain From the Air - again, great photos with some info
Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin - fascinating! we actually do neeeeeeed hugs
The Dirt on Clean - history of bathing
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers - helpfull with my photography
The Elegant Universe - interesting, although I didn't get too far in
The Wild Trees - Redwoods are awesome! this gave me ideas for other worlds :D
 

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Philosophy, psychology, biology and other natural sciences. Sometimes politics, but mainly through internet. Currently cramming through Dawkins' The Selfish Gene; very interesting book. Can't wait how it ends and why was Gene so selfish lol.

Dislike subjects that don't have that interest magnet property on them.
 

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PICTURE BOOKS! I love books that are mainly photos of just about anything: nature, architecture, art, other places in the world...
I think you'd love a book on collected works by Alphonse Mucha. I bet there are several out there, but my mum has one and it's fabulous! Can't remember the name though.
 

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Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Mating in Captivity - Esther Perel
Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely
Deep Survival: How Lives, Who Dies and Why - Laurence Gonzales

I like non-fiction that gives me another way to view the human condition.
I've heard good things about these... my history teacher raves about guns, germs, and steel.
 

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The Spectrum of Consciousness by Kenneth Wilbur
A lot of Carl Jung writings
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I dunno I basically read a lot of trans-personal psychology books, as well as some spiritual or metaphysical readings.
Lately, for some reason I've been reading about aliens, but maybe that is border line fiction...maybe not...
 
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I always recommend Shot In The Heart by Milkal Gilmore. Whew. Greatest non-fiction book and I think it can't be beat.

Just thought of another --get Helter Skelter about the Tate/ la Bianca murders. I read it as a high schooler and was terrified for DECADES.
 

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I enjoy self-help, anything personality related, and true crime. For example, one of my favorites is Teasing Secrets From the Dead. It is about a forensic anthropologist and her investigations/works. Her story, and how she became what she is, and her feelings about things also. It can be really grim, but her work is definitely interesting and for the greater good.
 

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The Hero Within, by Carol Pearson: about archetypes and how they inform our lives
The Maiden King, by Robert Bly and Marion Woodman: breaks down the story of The Maiden Tsar, and shows how the themes relate to our lives today
The Art of Seduction, by Robert Greene: lays out the principles of seduction using historical examples; good insight into human interaction and all around fun read
 
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