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....
      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....
        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....
                  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....
                                  just kids by Patti smith book review
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                                  Just Kids by Patti Smith

                                  They saw a Bonnie and Clyde movie poster and Robert admired the tagline: “They’re young. They’re in Love. They rob banks.”...
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                                    Boomerang: : Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis

                                    In Michael Lewis’s book Boomerang: : Travels in the New Third World he captures the global financial insanity that gripped so many countries. ...
                                      The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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                                      The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

                                      The Last Tycoon is Scott Fitzgerald's brilliant unfinished novel. It would have been his greatest and most mature piece of fiction. ...
                                        The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings
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                                        The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings

                                        Michael Hastings was a gifted reporter for Newsweek and Rolling Stone, before he tragically died in an automobile accident....