READING DEAD WAKE WITH MORE NONFICTION ON THE HORIZON

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Author: Erik Larson
Publisher: Crown, 2015
Hardcover Edition: 353 pages plus sources, notes, bibliography and index
Genre: History
Source: Personal copy

Dead Wake currently occupies spot #10 on the New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Best Sellers List. This is an eminently readable book. The reader slides through its pages like the Lusitania slid through calm waters. That is its delight. The strong narrative line carries the reader on this interesting last voyage. The tale is a certain battle of the boats: we follow the Lusitania and the German U-boat responsible for the Lusitania’s quick death. The story is both thrilling and surprising.

Erik Larson has done it again. Remember Devil In the White City? I highly recommend this new book by Larson. The bonus of learning more about President Woodrow Wilson’s personal life added to the book’s charm. One of my best reading experiences this year, maybe at the top of the list!

Dead Wake is so readable, so interesting. My enthusiasm for non-fiction continues to rise. I’m excited to share some new non-fiction you and I may be interested in reading.

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So Many Roads by David Browne. This is a history of the Grateful Dead’s trip to a 50th anniversary. My son is a fan. Perhaps this is an appropriate Father’s Day gift.

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander. People Magazine describes this as wrenching, lovely memoir about the lose of her husband.

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300 Sandwiches by Stephanie Smith. Another memoir, this one with recipes. Her boyfriend told her 300 sandwiches would get her an engagement ring. I’d do just about anything to read sandwich recipes.

Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. This is a fictionalized life (so not non-fiction) of Beryl Markham, a fascinating female aviator. Ms. McClain last wrote about Hadly the first wife of Hemingway.

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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. In general I think this author can do not wrong. His new book is at number 1 on the Bestsellers List and everyone is talking about it.

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In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Many reviewers picked this as a best book of the year and it is now out in paperback. Adventure narrative and polar history at its best.

A Lucky Life Interrupted by Tom Brokaw. This memoir offers the opportunity to hear Brokaw’s voice, an experience to be cherished.

Do comment and let us know if you have read any of these or if you are likely to pick one up. Which one calls to you the loudest?

4 thoughts on “READING DEAD WAKE WITH MORE NONFICTION ON THE HORIZON

  1. Lee Egan

    Thanks for your wonderful book revues; you make the books you write about really come alive. Bill and I just ordered Dead Wake and will get The Wright Brothers next. Lee Egan

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  2. Karen Kozian

    Just purchased Dead Wake. Am anxious to begin reading it. Along with you, another friend highly recommended it.

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  3. Judith

    serendipity! … this book is waiting for me at the library … looking forward to it even more after reading your review

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