Weekly Geeks for 10/10

hmm, this week's geek topic is about asking for recommendations.

i am going to ask this a particular way i think. There are a few authors who i believe i would like but, having never read anything by them, I don't know where to start! So, if you've read any of these people, especially if you've read a few by them, where would you tell someone to begin? Or, would you tell me to run far, far away from these authors?

Barbara Ehrenreich- non-fiction. Bright-Sided is her newest and really looks the most interesting to me. I know i've read the back of Nickel and Dimed several times. This Land is Their Land and Global Woman also both sound good.

Zadie Smith- fiction. On Beauty and White Teeth are both on the 1001 Books list.

Steven Jay Gould- non-fiction. Strangely, i've not read anything by him, though i've read gobs and gobs of biology. Full House, Wonderful Life, and Ever Since Darwin all sound good.

Salman Rushdie- fiction. i've really got no idea where to start with him.

Virginia Woolf- fiction. I've read Orlando but nothing else.

Anthony Trollope- fiction. The classics group i'm in on yahoo has been discussing how much they like his stuff and i wonder what would be the best.

so, any ideas?

For the second bit, i'm going to recommend a couple books. Since so many book blogs concentrate on fiction, here are a few very good non-fiction books i think everyone should read.

Collapse by Jared Diamond. It didn't win a Pulitzer (that was Guns, Germs and Steel, also good) but it is a fabulous book about the demise of once vibrant civilizations.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. my favorite of hers, she goes on tours of presidential assassination sites.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. want to become vegetarian, or swear off fast food for a while? read this!

Stiff by Mary Roach. what all can and does happen after you, or particular people, have died. You'd think it would be morbid but it is very life affirming.

Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandries by Neil Degrasse Tyson. Fun with science!

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