Tuesday, April 22, 2008

NonFiction Variety Pack


I Don't Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges. "Critiques the radical mindset that rages against religion and faith...identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice." A response to God is Not Great and similar books.

Right of the Dial: the rise of Clear Channel and the fall of commercial radio by Alec Foege. Clear Channel used to be the fourth biggest media company in the U.S. before it sold off radio and television stations. "Foege takes stock of the company's successes and abuses, showing the ways in which Clear Channel reshaped America's cultural and corporate landscape along the way."

Beautiful Boy: a father's journey through his son's meth addiction by David Sheff. Sheff's oldest son went from good kid to lying, stealing junkie. Sheff's concern for his son's trouble turns to an addiction of it's own. I think he was on morning television the other day.

God's Middle Finger: into the lawless heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant. Travel writer from Tucson heads South into the still lawless Sierra Madre run by drug lords.

Son of Stitch 'N Bitch: 45 projects to knit & crochet for men by Debbie Stoller.

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: workplace lessons smart people wish they'd learn sooner by Peggy Klaus. Shortcomings in social, communication, and self-management behaviors hinder your advancement more often than any technical deficiencies.

Storming Las Vegas: how a Cuban-born, Soviet-trained commando took down the Strip to the tune of five world-class hotels, three armored cars, and millions of dollars by John Huddy. The subtitle pretty much says it all.

The Road to Wealth: a comprehensive guide to your money by Suze Orman. Revised and updated.

Unlocked: a journey from prison to Proust by Louis Ferrante. Mob connected Ferrante goes to prison and finds sanctuary in books.

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