My relationship with non-fiction has been a rocky road. I love learning the things that are in non-fiction, but unless ordered to ingest the book it just sits at the top of my to-be-read list for months, making me guilty. (I have a similar relationship with “classics.”) Why read lists of facts when you can read stories? It took me two years to get through Guns, Germs and Steel.

And here you see a pivotal reason behind my decision to go back to school.

Happily, in the past two months I’ve read more non-fiction than I had in the previous three years. Here are my thoughts on some of those books I paid thousands of dollars to read.

Photo Credit: Bonny Stairs


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