Recommend Something

Finally, finally I have an Amazon gift certificate in hand (from my Amazon Visa account). They mismanaged their reward program twice, and I had to call and write several times. Finally I closed the account and told them why. It came within a week.

So now I have $25 burning a hole in my pocket. I have a wishlist to pick from, but before I do, I’d love to hear from you.

I would prefer to purchase non-fiction books and save fiction to borrow from the library. So… what non-fiction title would you recommend I read? It can be memoir, history, politics, any social science, poetry, religion, or psychology — or any topic that you’re enthused about. What book has spoken to you that you think others would benefit from reading? If you’re wondering what my taste in books is, check out what I’ve been reading for the last few years; that may guide your recommendation.

I’m looking forward to your comments! Please do share. Yes, I’m talking to you (especially if you normally lurk and don’t ever comment). 🙂

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13 Comments on “Recommend Something”

  1. Tinne Says:

    I recommend “The Big Year : A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession” by Mark Obmascik. I haven’t finished it yet but it is fascinating and funny. And it is out in paperback so you won’t need to spend the entire $25, you can buy a second book. 🙂

  2. Liora Says:

    Do I have to pick just one? 🙂

    1. A book that is life changing: Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin.

    2. I looked at your list, but don’t think I saw On Writing by Stephen King. It’s very good.

  3. Liora Says:

    You might also like First Person Plural. It’s a fascinating (and sad and happy) story of a man with multiple personality disorder. I think the author was Cameron West. Well written.

  4. Firebrand Says:

    A book which was so strongly recommended to me that I received it as a birthday gift last year, “Drawing Down the Moon” might be a good fit with what you’ve been exploring. And you’d still be able to get another book, too! 🙂

  5. Val Says:

    I’d recommend a lot of books but, first, I’d say Anais Nin’Diaries (it goes from 1919 to 1974)…an incredible journey of a woman struggling to be an artist and to find her own way of living…

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  6. Nacho Says:


    My own approach would be to try to get various things with that, and books primarily! : ) Have you read Fup by Jim Dodge? It is well worth reading, it is thin, and a used copy ought to be maybe four dollars. That book spoke volumes to me about mindfulness. I would also recommend Don Quixote, if you haven’t already read the whole thing. I think there likely is no better novel. A book full of wonder and mindful appreciation of life is Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge.


  7. cicada Says:

    Two excellent memoirs are The Tender Land by Kathleen Finneran (my favorite!) and West of Then by Tara Bray Smith (coming out soon in paperback). Other memoirs I have loved are Five Men Who Broke My Heart by Susan Shapiro, and The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard.

    My favorite poets are Kathleen Raine, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, and Naomi Shihab Nye. In particular, Neruda’s Odes to Opposites and Odes to Common Things are wonderful.

  8. Jennifer Says:

    A wonderful read – “The Parrot Who Owns Me” It’s the story of an ornithologist whose parrot falls in love with her. A really lovely memoir filled with humor and tenderness.

  9. katherine Says:

    . . . if you haven’t ordered already – Jed McKenna has 2 excellent books out – either one is fabulous but probably best to start with his first – Spirituality is The Damndest Thing. It’s now at the top of my everyone-shouyld-read list 🙂

  10. Rain Says:

    The paperback version of ‘Amulets, Sacred Charms of Power and Protection’ by Sheila Paine is a good book on sacred symbolisms. Recently I enjoyed Anne Lamott’s ‘Traveling Mercies’ and if you haven’t already read it, you might like ‘Book of Shadows’ by Phyllis Curott. There are so many possibilities and such a great question as it let me think through and relive what I have enjoyed recently.

    I enjoy reading your blog, discovered it through a link on Sacred Ordinary

  11. Barb Bishop Says:

    Have you read Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett? It a personal look at her friendship with Lucy Greeley [Autobiography of a Face] , a troubled poet with facial disfiguration that results in over 30 surgeries. I found the dynamics of their friendship to be fascinating as Lucy is definitely the troubled artist type and Ann, the stabilizing force.

    Also, how about some Mahler? Das Lied Von der Erde or Symphony #4. Mahler had a great love of nature and his music is so resonant and soulful. Email if you want a specific recording recommendation…

  12. Cindy Says:

    Five books that come to mind. 1)Intimacy & Solitude, Balancing Closeness and Independence, Stephanie Dowrick; 2)To Have or To Be, Erich Fromm; 3) A Gradual Awakening, Stephen Levine; 4) A New Approach to Buddhism, Dhiravamsa; 5) Number Our Days, A Triumph of Continuity and Culture Among Jewish Old People in an Urban Ghetto, Barbara Myerhoff (enjoyable reading, lighthearted throughout, but thoughtful and real). Thanks to everyone for the book suggestions. I’m typically a lurker. Thanks Kathryn. – Cindy

  13. Kathryn Says:

    Wonderful recommendations so far! Thank you all for contributing. My budget may not like it, but I sure do. 🙂 Keep them coming…