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Favorite-read recommendations?

Looking for recommendations on favorite nonfiction titles, comedy and/or sarcasm entwined a definite bonus. Anyone?

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Any of George Carlin's works.

Skeptic66 Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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Richard Feynman's autobiography, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is a good read.

JimG Level 8 Dec 25, 2018

Yes!

He is also a very good theoretical physicist.

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If you don't mind strong language, you may get some laughs out of George Carlin's Brain Droppings.

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Anything by David Sedaris, especially his touching and funny new book, "Calypso." David Sedaris is one of my favorite comic writers.

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"Pure Drivel" by Steve Martin is hilarious.

LiterateHiker Level 8 Dec 25, 2018

I had to recommend David Sedaris and Pure Drivel too, one of my favorite books ever.

Looking out over the East River from my jail cell and still running for public office, I realize that I have taken several actions in my life for which I owe public apologies. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Currently reading Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sara Vowell. All of her histories are funny and quirky yet very informative!

Lutherzme Level 7 Dec 25, 2018

Love her books!

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A year of living biblically by AJ Jacobs - itโ€™s funny and thoughtfulsmile001.gif

Iโ€™ve recently heard of a book -Educated
Not sure if the author

Haemish1 Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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"Angels & Demons" if you haven't already and his new one (Dan Brown) "Origins"

lerlo Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens.

tsallinia Level 4 Dec 25, 2018
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I have one recommendation to anyone looking to get a grip on stuff in the nonfiction world. The Evolution of Man and Society by C.D. Darlington. It is a light to guide you through tricky concepts. My first copy came from a used book store in Keene, New Hampshire. I read and reread it floating around a pond in a rubber raft all one summer. I am on my second copy provided by a loving son once he learned the first one bit the dust. You won't go wrong here. Darlington is best known as a botanist, but his profound breakthough is applying some of that science to us, you and me. People, and how we became what we are. Give that one a shot. I bet you get hooked. Let me know.

jggrow Level 3 Dec 26, 2018

Sounds delightful! Rubber raft in the pond and all! Thank you!

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โ€œBecomingโ€ by Michelle Obama. A well written autobiography giving insight into who she was and what it was like to be the first black First Lady. (Hint: it wasnโ€™t a piece of cake.)

Lostwax Level 4 Dec 26, 2018
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"Whose Boat is This Boat?" Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane. Written accidentally by Donald Trump. Only partially kidding because proceeds from the book go to hurricane relief.

freeofgod Level 7 Dec 26, 2018
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I found most of Eric Hoffer quite interesting observations of society. My favorite was:

The True Believer and the Nature of Mass Movements

evidentialist Level 8 Dec 26, 2018

One of my favorites too. I recommend to everyone!!

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โ€œ The Mirror of relationship โ€œ J. Krishnamurti.

Outsideit67 Level 6 Dec 25, 2018
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this guy has a book that was/is important to me. simple obvious observations. [ted.com]

hankster Level 8 Dec 25, 2018
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Leviathan Wakes. It's the first of a sci-fi book series which the show The Expanse is based on.

Marz Level 7 Dec 25, 2018
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More dramedy than comedy, but with plenty of sarcasm about negligent public-health officials and regulatory agencies:

What the Eyes Donโ€™t See, the memoir by the Flint, Michigan, pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, who after discovering the local lead poisoning, then discovered that she'd have to fight hard to publicize the crisis to get any help for its victims.

Disclaimer: I worked on that book. But of all the books I worked on this past year, it's the only one I'd recommend, and I do so heartily.

josh_karpf Level 7 Dec 25, 2018

Will definitely check it out, thank you.

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Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris.. small, thin book, easy read, IMO powerful.. also Freewill, also small thin book..(I do recommend watching the YouTube videos on his talk about it beforehand) anything by Christopher Hitchens 'God is not great'.. Hitch 22.. and anything Richard Dawkins.. Selfish Gene.. etc..

SG1life2live Level 5 Dec 28, 2018

I second this

@ScubaWags
I third that! Sam Harris is outstanding.

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Thomas Ricks books about the Iraq War, Fiasco and The Gamble.
Very well researched and readable, even if you don't have any military background.

Hastur Level 7 Dec 26, 2018
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Nothing's sacred by Lewis Black. Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris. If the nonfiction part isn't as important as humor and sarcasm, Pure Drivel by Steve Martin and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. If the humor part isnt as important as the nonfiction, The Soul of the Night by Chet Raymo.

Wurlitzer Level 7 Dec 26, 2018
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The Prince.

maturin1919 Level 8 Dec 25, 2018
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Thanks everyone!!

Bethi Level 3 Dec 25, 2018
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The happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris . This book is a great introduction to Acceptance and commitment therapy(ACT). ACT is very helpful if you are dealing with anxiety or depression.

The Subtle art of not giving a fuck - Mark Manson. This is about prioritising and acting on what's most important in your life

lovin1987 Level 3 Dec 25, 2018
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Rachel Carson's Under the Sea Wind is a naturalist's peaceful masterpiece. Truly calming. I highly recommend it.

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The only current non-fiction I can think of that is somewhat comic/sarcastic is Michael Wolfe's "Fire and Fury," which is about the first year in the Trump Whitehouse. It did not really strike me as all that funny, though it is certainly full of clowns!

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โ€œDreams of My Fatherโ€, by Barack Obama is memoir of hs youth and early adulthood, plus an insightful look at the racial divide from (what else?) the black manโ€™s point of view. President Obama is able to step back and look at racism from a realistic, although constructive point of view. He has my respect.

Lostwax Level 4 Jan 27, 2019
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