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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nonfiction Chunksters

Well, here it is mid-April and I have been terribly remiss at posting something for all of you chunkster readers.

Last month we featured Stephen King's fantastic futuristic novel 11/22/63 for our Chunky Book Club. If you've read the book and want to add to the discussion, the post is still open for comments.

Next month we'll be doing another book feature and giveaway thanks to the wonderful folks over at Penguin Books (stay tuned for more information on May 1st!).  I will tell you, however, that to be eligible for the giveaway, readers will have to be signed up for the 2012 Chunkster Challenge - so if you are waiting to sign up, now would be the time!

Okay, so for April, I thought we might talk about Nonfiction. I don't know about you, but I hardly ever read nonfiction books. That is not to say I don't want to - I just can never seem to find ones that call out to me. Not too long ago I received a review book which is nonfiction and actually looks pretty good:

Into the Silence by Wade Davis (Alfred A. Knopf, October 2011 - 672 pages) is about the 1924 attempt by George Mallory and Sandy Irvine to climb the North Col of Mount Everest - neither climber lived to tell the tale. The publisher describes the book as follows:
Beautifully written and rich with detail, Into the Silence is a classic account of exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we will never see again.
Sounds interesting, right? I hope to read this book in 2012. Have any of you already read it?

Can you recommend any great nonfiction books which are more than 450 pages (and thus qualify as a chunkster)? 

Please leave comments on this post and link up to any relevant reviews!


  1. A timely (150th anniversary) nonfiction chunkster would be Shelby Foote's "The Civil War." It's history written almost like a novel. Three long volumes. Three more long volumes are Taylor Branch's history of the civil rights movement beginning with "Parting the Waters." I guess most history books are long, but I love them. I'm kind of a history and mystery reader. Sometimes historical fiction will get you in the mood to read more about the period and you stumbled into a longish history.

  2. How about the Keith Richards memoir "Life," which is 864 pages in hardback? That would draw you in. Or perhaps a good history such as James McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" (952 pages)? cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com/


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