Happy March! Let the literary madness commence. It’s a pretty stellar month for non-fiction releases. Here are some of the tops:
Conversations with Scorsese by Richard Schickel
With awards season over, you may be done with movies for a bit. But, save some room for the tasty morsels of cinematic genius which are guaranteed to fall from these pages.
Blood,Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
Move over, Anthony Bourdain. There’s a new cutthroat chef in town, and this lady’s got you beat. Wielding an MFA from the University of Michigan as deftly as a set of her knives, Hamilton’s book is fierce,funny, well-traveled and unyielding. A must-read for anybody who cooks, or eats, for that matter.
Unfamilar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
If you haven’t read her, just stop now and fix that. Whether taking a tour of assassination hotspots,detailing her experiences with radio, or spending some time thinking about the Puritans, Vowell takes on Americana with a sharp mind, a high voice and a ferocious wit.
Call me awesome. One man on an Ahabian quest to find thousands of lost bath toys finds out much more than he bargained for, and travels the world’s waters in the process. Amazing and Unique. Just one thing: When you come in to buy it, you have to request it by the full title.
Read this, and you will never look at a garden, a textbook, or currency the same way again. Wulf weaves a fascinating look at a group of people we assume we know everything about, and promptly adds a lot more knowing to the already large pile of known. These guys loved their garden, and you will too by the time you finish this book. Exciting, fascinating, and maybe even…inspiring.
No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf by Carolyn Burke
The Little Sparrow gets a big book. Burke’s biography of, I am biased–the greatest French singer EVER, is nuanced and objective. Her deft consideration of Piaf’s tragic life posits the tragedy alongside the accomplishments rather than 304 pages of triste text. A must read for all fans, and a wonderful introduction for anybody interested.