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November 30, 2011  
Bookrageous Episode 30; Non-Fiction with Mary Roach

We had some mic issues during this recording; sorry for the occasional fuzz!

Intro Music; Showbiz? Science? Who Cares? -- Less than Jake

What We’re Reading


[1:21] When the Sacred Ginmill Closes, Lawrence Block (Matthew Scudder Series #6), courtesy of the Fuzzy Typewriter Book Club

[2:21] Georgette Heyer already!, These Old Shades

[3:33] Bigger Than a Breadbox, Laurel Snyder


[4:45] Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling

[7:16] Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Megan Mayhew Bergman, March 2012

[8:18] Dirty Minds, Kayt Sukel, February 2012


[9:21] 50 Funniest American Writers, Andy Borowitz; I Found This Funny, Judd Apatow

[11:21] The Mirage, Matt Ruff, February 2012

Mary Roach!!!!!!!!

[14:22] God, No!, Penn Jillette

[16:16] Rin Tin Tin, Susan Orlean

Intermission; Dry -- Lealea Jones

Non-Fiction as Continuing Education

[20:00] Stiff, Mary Roach

[23:16] Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha

[23:28] A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman

[24:12] A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn

[24:30] Sarah Vowell

[25:21] K Blows Top, Peter Carlson

[25:32] Last Call, Daniel Okrent

[26:12] Physics of the Impossible, Michio Kaku; Elegant Universe, Brian Greene

[29:17] The Poisoner’s Handbook, Deborah Blum

[30:00] The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

[31:12] The Fruit Hunters, Adam Gollner

[32:00] Annie Proulx

[33:05] How Mary Roach got into writing

[35:00] Books as social lubrication

[38:00] The Vikings, Robert Ferguson

[39:50] “Nonfiction so good it reads like fiction”: Y/N?

[41:30] The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

[42:58] Born to Run, Christopher McDougall

[45:40] The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe; Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

[47:36] Truth and “lies” in nonfiction; The Lifespan of a Fact, John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, February 2012

[52:35] In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin

[56:15] Authors & Wish-Fulfillment (Packing for Mars)

[57:53] Floaters!

Outro; Showbiz? Science? Who Cares? -- Less than Jake

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