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#NonficNov: Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert – Week 3

I almost did not sit down to compile this list but in an effort to curb my innate habit to start a project with gusto and then taper off the amount of effort I put into it, I decided I ought to see this month through by trying to hit all the goals of the four weeks.

Week 3: (Nov. 11 to 15) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Katie @ Doing Dewey): Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

My favourite type(s) of non-fiction is one that is filled with interesting factoids or a different way of viewing the seemingly mundane, which help bolster any flagging conversation between like-minded individuals. I am always on the lookout for such books. So I decided to be both the expert and ask other experts for books that fulfil the criteria. Since I already harped on Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew D. LaPlante in both of the participating posts earlier this month, I will not include it here.

1) Factoids

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2)Conversation starters

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3)Growth and introductions to topics from a personal angle

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As mentioned earlier, I would also like to ask the experts out there who can suggest books in this wide umbrella of options that (try as I might) I am always unable to narrow into a single focus.


20 thoughts on “#NonficNov: Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert – Week 3”

  1. Oops, sent too soon – I’m thinking about your last one, memoirs that introduce a topic. Have you read Brain on Fire? I feel like I was the last person on earth to get to it, but in case I’m not, it’s really worth reading and is a fantastic memoir plus an introduction to the difficulties of diagnosing a rare and misunderstood illness and what that means for patients/medicine.

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      1. It’s so, so good. I was thinking it was overhyped because I’d heard so much about it such a long time, but it’s a fascinating story, well written and researched so I think it’s deserving of all the hype 🙂

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  2. Thanks for keeping up with Nonfiction November! I felt like there were a surprising number of people who joined in for the whole event this year, which was just a ton of fun 🙂

    I also really enjoyed What If, which had my husband and I laughing out loud as we read. Lab Girl was fantastic as well and since part of what appealed to me was the blend of personal and topical information, I’m interested to check out your other recommendations on that theme as well.

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  3. I love Eats Shoots and Leaves (not Eats, Shoots and Leaves, haha). And What If too — have you read the history versions of What If? They have some interesting themes, like what if Cleopatra’s nose had been different, etc. ( I think this was one of the essays…)
    Intelligence is an Algorithm sounds intriguing; are they mixing up religious motifs and cosmic intelligence?
    Happy NFN 🙂

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    1. It wasn’t exactly religion. But information from ancient texts woven with theory 🙂If I remember right that is..and no I do not think I’ve heard of that version of what if! Will look into it


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