Essays and Nonfiction Filled with Wisdom by Great Writers
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Timeless Essays and Nonfiction by Great Writers

These timeless essays and nonfiction are filled with wisdom by great writers. Many of these reads are personal and go outside the writer’s genres...
    Venice best books about Venice, Italy
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    The Best Books about Venice, Italy

    Venice, An Interior, by the brilliant Spanish writer Javier Marías, is a gorgeous and intimate portrait of the hidden Venice....
      Bowie and the Berlin Wall
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      David Bowie’s Favorite Books about Berlin, the Cold War, and Politics

      I loved reading and learning more about David Bowie's favorite books....
        the castle by Franz Kafka
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        Short Reviews of Brilliant Books

        Short book reviews of books I have read and consider worth reading....
          The Men Who Fell to Earth - Water Tevis David Bowie
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          The Men Who Fell to Earth – Walter Tevis and David Bowie

          The film stays with you, but after reading the novel by Tevis, I realized the book is better. ...
            Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas Ricks
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            Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks

            What binds Orwell and Churchill together is their dedication to getting to the truth....
              Vlad Carlos Fuentes
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              Vlad by Carlos Fuentes

              Vlad may not be Fuente's greatest work. but it has the fingerprints of a master all over it....
                Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog
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                Walking on Ice by Werner Herzog

                Herzog is a man who goes to extremes in his art and life in the best way....
                  Diaries by George Orwell
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                  George Orwell Diaries Review

                  Diaries opened the door to George Orwell for me, and I'm forever grateful. ...
                    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
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                    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

                    The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt is the tale of a first century humanist is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize....
                      The Fun Stuff and Other Essays by James Wood
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                      The Fun Stuff: and Other Essays by James Wood

                      The Fun Stuff: and Other Essays by James Wood is one place to fill your literary emptiness....
                        Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
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                        Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer

                        These are two intense stories that draw you into the human experience in two famous water cities....
                          Valis by Philip K. Dick
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                          Valis by Philip K. Dick

                          Valis is fascinating and philosophical with an abundance of nuggets that make you pause and consider what has been written....
                            Patricial Highsmith Tom Ripley Compelte Novels
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                            The Complete Ripley Novels (Ripley, #1-5) by Patricia Highsmith

                            As far as criminal psychopath’s go, Tom Ripley is extraordinarily talented....
                              So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan
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                              So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan

                              Let me say right off that this is an amazing addition to the "Fitzgerald" and "Gatsby" canon. ...
                                Geoff Dyer Zona book review
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                                Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer

                                Dyer claims that a work of art that changes your DNA can only be experienced at a young age....
                                  Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
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                                  Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

                                  This is his Orwell's first book, a captivating memoir where he experiences poverty and the homeless firsthand. ...
                                    Leonardo and the Last Supper Ross King
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                                    Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

                                    Leonardo was not religious, and often detested many in the clergy; he thought they were hypocrites, but he seemed to accept the common beliefs...
                                      Detroit Charlie leduff book
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                                      Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

                                      In the title we see that LeDuff suggests Detroit is a dead city. It’s not dead....
                                        Oscar wilde de profundis
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                                        Image of Jesus in Literature

                                        The NY Times article “Is Fiction Losing it’s Faith,” reminded me of a class I took in college: “The Image of Jesus in Literature.”...