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It's Alive! The Science of B-Movie Monsters

It's Alive! book cover

This is a solid piece of science writing masquerading as movie reviews. It is a lot of fun to read, and you'll learn some biomechanics along the way. However, you may never look at movie monsters in quite the same way again.

Author: 

Michael LaBarbera

So Lonesome

The cover of the short ebook So Lonesome

This is the perfect length book about Hank Williams for someone (like me) who is curious about Williams and his life, but not to the extent of reading a full length biography. Williams played a pivotal role in the development of country music, and this book explores and explains that along with providing the basic story of Williams' life. Fans of country music will probably enjoy this book, but don't skip it just because you aren't a country music fan.

Author: 

Richard A. Peterson

Desert Blues

Desert Blues book cover

This is the amazing story of the birth of a huge music festival in the deserts of Mali, the two men at the center of its creation, and what happens when radical Islam comes to Mali. If you've never heard Malian music, this book will probably make you want to listen to some. If you have, this book will probably make you appreciate it all the more. It may also make you rethink what one "ordinary" man can accomplish.

Author: 

Joshua Hammer

Art's Cello

Art's Cello

This book provides a fascinating view into the world of instrument making, intertwined with an exploration of friendship and what really matters in life.

Author: 

James N. McKean

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

The Getaway Car

Part memoir and part advice for writers, this book was an interesting and inspiring read. Even people who are not aiming to be professional authors are likely to find some useful ideas and advice.

Author: 

Ann Patchett

The Heart of Haiku

The Heart of Haiku

An engaging history of the haiku form of poetry and the life of Basho, the poet who developed it.

Author: 

Jane Hirshfield

Beethoven's Shadow

Beethoven's Shadow

A fascinating look at the process of making and recording music, from the standpoint of an accomplished pianist who is undertaking a project to record all of Beethoven's piano sonatas.

Author: 

Jonathan Biss

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