Non-fiction Frenzy

Those of you who have Mrs. Selinsky will soon have a non-fiction independent reading assignment. In case you don’t already have something in mind, here are a few options.

Yesterday I mentioned The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network by Katherine Losse. Losse was employee #51 at Facebook. She talks about how Facebook, as an employer, went from a place where everyone felt they were doing something new and fantastic to a cult of Zuckerberg. She examines how Facebook is trying to change our social relationships and whether that’s a good or a bad thing.
If you’re interested in biography, you might like Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman. This is the story of Charles Darwin and his wife Emma and how they made their marriage work. And it did take some work, because Emma was very religious and she forced Charles to thoroughly consider his theory of evolution. This is also available in audio.
If you are a Gary Paulsen fan and enjoyed the Brian books, you might enjoy his book Guts. In it, he chronicles his personal experiences that inspired his survival stories. There’s even a chapter called “Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition” that includes recipes. This makes me think that Bear Grylls has got nothing on Gary Paulsen!


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