This week’s question is about our favorite nonfiction reads. The first book that comes to my mind is Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. No one who knows me and my reading habits will be surprised. Kidder is a big favorite of mine. And after you read Mountains Beyond Mountains, you will understand why.
But this is not the only book of his that I think is terrific. It’s just that it’s been so long since I read the one that earned him a Pulitzer Prize, The Soul of New Machine, that I probably need to read it again. It was startling good, that’s what I remember. It certainly was the first book (nonfiction, I mean) that I recalled reading and loving. Without checking if I’m right, it’s about the start of the computer industry, you know, the late 70s. (I am pretty sure I read it 25 years ago.) But it was the author that captured my attention and so I went on to read House.
What I remember about House was that it was fun. And a bit crazy. House is about what happens what a young couple hires an architect to design their dream home and the couple and the architect hire a builder to build it. They all have to get along and try to interpret what the others bring to the project. The hopes, the frustration, miscommunications, the reality versus the dream, the desire with the practical, etc. Throw Mr. Kidder in the mix and wonder at his talent for capturing and writing about it. I really need to reread this one.
I’m collecting his books; I have a few more to go. I highly recommend Mountains Beyond Mountains. Highly readable, educational, and emotionally moving.
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Looking forward to seeing everyone’s favorite nonfic recommendations!