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A mix of non-fiction books about ONE THING -- singular topics. Your favorites; strangely scientific or weirdly interesting...
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1,854 books · 1,204 voters · list created January 8th, 2011 by Alana (votes) .
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message 1: by Angel (new)

Angel Wow, I thought I knew a good number of microhistories, but this list has a bunch of stuff that looks like good reading. I will be looking some of these up. :)


message 2: by J (new)

J what a great list! :D can't wait to check this out more thoroughly after midterms. :]


message 3: by Fox (new)

Fox Fantastic list!


message 4: by Derek (last edited Nov 29, 2012 10:40PM) (new)

Derek Dewitt I want every single book on this list....


message 5: by Lilac (last edited Dec 27, 2012 02:28PM) (new)

Lilac Haha, great list!
Have you seen number 79?


message 6: by Gabriel (last edited Mar 12, 2013 07:03AM) (new)

Gabriel Derek wrote: "I want every single book on this list...."

Meeeeeeeeeeeeee Toooooooooooooooo


message 7: by Daphne (new)

Daphne This is one of my favorite lists! There are so many on here I want to read already or have already completed.

Guess I know where my preferences lie!


message 8: by Fox (new)

Fox Daphne wrote: "This is one of my favorite lists! There are so many on here I want to read already or have already completed.

Guess I know where my preferences lie!"


Definitely my favorite list as well. Why not find wonder in unexpected places?


message 9: by OddModicum Rachel (last edited Aug 01, 2014 05:42PM) (new)

OddModicum Rachel Oh wow... Brilliant. List. So many of these look outrageously good, and I'm primarily a reader of fiction, even. 'The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York' by Deborah Blum. Oh yes, please! I recently stumbled on a book about the history life and times of Ketchup, of all things, but haven't read it yet. ;)


message 10: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Isn't this supposed to be for non-fiction? Can we delete the fiction books?


message 11: by HeavyReader (new)

HeavyReader Great list! I want to read 85% of books on it.


message 12: by Fox (new)

Fox Deborah wrote: "Isn't this supposed to be for non-fiction? Can we delete the fiction books?"

I think that would be a very good idea.


message 13: by Rashmi Priya (new)

Rashmi Priya thanks to goodreads, that i stumbled upon this list. it contains many quirky/interesting titles out of which each one of us could find something to read for sure.


message 14: by Dana (last edited Mar 21, 2015 10:33PM) (new)

Dana If this List walked into a room, I would have told it, "Shut up. Just...shut up. You had me at hello. [sniffles] You had me...at hello."


message 15: by Dana (last edited Mar 21, 2015 10:34PM) (new)

Dana Fox wrote: "Deborah wrote: "Isn't this supposed to be for non-fiction? Can we delete the fiction books?"

I think that would be a very good idea."


Stand up on your pulpit, and preach, Preach, PREACH.
*raises hand and votes Aye*


message 16: by Steve (last edited Sep 07, 2016 10:59AM) (new)

Steve Martinson Maybe I am a bit slow, but what "fiction" books are you referring to?
Something you don't happen to believe in? Just found this list, and I too, like about 85-90% of it.


message 17: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Steve wrote: "Maybe I am a bit slow, but what "fiction" books are you referring to?
Something you don't happen to believe in? Just found this list, and I too, like about 85-90% of it."


I certainly don't remember the titles, since it has been almost 2 years since I deleted them.


message 18: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 07, 2016 11:23AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Deborah wrote: "I certainly don't remember the titles, since it has been almost 2 years since I deleted them...."

Maybe it's an idea to mention the books you remove in the comments section, like a lot of librarians do? As far as I can tell, a total of 11 books have been deleted by Spooky, Cindy and yourself, yet no mention is made which books were deleted, which is a bit of a pity really.


message 19: by Deborah (new)

Deborah If the book never had any business being on the list, I see no reason to document it.

I do have a forthcoming list that I maintain (deleting books as they are released) and on that one I post books that have at least five votes before deleting it.


message 20: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I deleted Clan of the Cave Bear #434, Wuthering Heights #535, and Moby Dick #762. All are fiction.


message 22: by Booklovinglady (last edited Dec 17, 2017 01:11AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Elyse wrote: "I deleted Clan of the Cave Bear #434, Wuthering Heights #535, and Moby Dick #762. All are fiction."

I've removed Wuthering Heights (#541) and Moby-Dick or, The Whale (#783) again, as I totally agree: They're fiction and as such shouldn't be on this list.

Voter, please read before you decide to add!


message 23: by Jim (new)

Jim Yarin Give Melville credit, he wrote a book that was part fiction and part exactly what this list is about. Described in some places as an "anatomy," after The Anatomy of Melancholia, this type of nonfiction writing is an awesomely entertaining sub-genre, especially in the age of twitter. I think maybe someone needs to list out the chapters in Moby Dick that fit this genre because Moby Dick is a classic that uses this style of writing and does it extremely well.


message 24: by Sara Grace (last edited May 21, 2018 02:18PM) (new)

Sara Grace Please remove The Scarlet Letter (#351) and The Octopus: A Story of California (#417) from the list. Items are fiction. (I also wouldn't mind editing privileges if possible?)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You should be able to edit if you're a GR librarian. (There's a little "edit" link at the end of the list description area. Remove books is the bottom-most option on that page.)


message 26: by Greg (new)

Greg Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "You should be able to edit if you're a GR librarian. (There's a little "edit" link at the end of the list description area. Remove books is the bottom-most option on that page.)"

Interesting discussion about fiction vs. non-fiction. One can learn as many "truths" from fiction as from non-fiction, imo. And, anyway, how much do we now value truth?


message 27: by Julia (new)

Julia LOL Do they all have colons in the titles? :)


message 28: by Kaitlynn (new)

Kaitlynn As this is a list for non-fiction, I removed the following books for being fiction:
Fight Club, Fahrenheit 451, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next, A Clockwork Orange, Invisible Monsters, American Psycho.

You can play semantic games as to what constitutes a truth criterion but the genre of non-fiction is pretty well defined, and explicitly focus on facts, real events, actual people, etc.


message 29: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jan 23, 2019 01:37PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Elephant Tree (currently #24) is a novel. As is #25, The Wasp Factory, and #26, Factotum. And #29, Scag Boys. #30, Lunar Park. #72, Gashlycrumb Tinies.


message 31: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 17, 2019 04:11AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Fahrenheit 451 (#23) is a novel, not non-fiction, and shouldn't be on this list. Neither should A Clockwork Orange (#29), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (#31), The Catcher in the Rye (#116), One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (#117), The Idiot (#128), Moon Tiger (#140), Slaughterhouse-Five (#156), The Brothers Karamazov (#159), Invisible Cities (#164), The Comfort of Strangers (#170), Dubliners (#177), Ulysses (#186), Brave New World (#193), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (#194), Naked Lunch (#196), and so on and so forth, as they are all fiction and not non-fiction, as the description says... Too many to mention...


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