Friday, January 09, 2009
Last year I read very little non-fiction. Which is okay, because I lurve fiction beyond all else (well, except for Hamburger, but he's not exactly a literary genre). But I do like to expand my horizons occasionally. So I decided to join Eva's World Citizen Challenge. I am going for a major, unless I decide to be a college dropout, or I get ambitious and decide to try for a post-grad degree, which given my history (hah! unintentional joke there) isn't likely to happen. In other words, I'm keeping my options open. For now, this is the list, although to be honest I've started Eleanor of Aquitaine and it's about as exciting as watching grass grow, so there may be some changes in store.
Making War to Keep Peace: Trials and Errors in American Foreign Policy from Kuwait to Baghdad, Jeanne Kirkpatrick
Queen Isabella, Alison Weir
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir
Memoir (travel writing)
Shadow of the Silk Road, Colin Thubron
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown, Paul Theroux
The history selections were heavily influenced by the fact that I already own those two books (holdovers from the failed attempt at a master's in history). I have a few other choices available though...although they're fairly esoteric, too. And okay, maybe my list is a little heavy on travel writing, which might be stretching things. But I believe there is a great deal to be learned from travel memoirs. And besides, it's my favorite category in non-fiction.
On that defensive note, I'm off to start my challenge. Thank gawd I've got all year to finish!