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Welcome back to another TTT! I’m sorry I have been sporadic on these, honestly I just haven’t had a lot of time to get them done each week. I almost skipped this week, as it was another open ended topic. But I finally was able to come up with a list that I find interesting, I hope you guys do too. Without further ado…
Ten Books to Read if You are in the Mood for Non-Fiction (especially if it involves art theft)
Can you believe it? I actually do read non-fiction here and there. Although most of the time it has a true crime element to it. As I’ve branched out in my non-fiction reading I’ve discovered that I actually love to read stories about art theft. I especially like the stories that see the art recovered, but we can’t always have a happy ending.
I thought about making this list ALL true crime, but I really did enjoy the first three books listed and I figured, hey, it’s my list. I can mix it up a bit.
I will also say that in the memoir category I purposely left out Wil Wheaton and Jenny Lawson – I have included them before on several TTT lists and tried to keep things fresh this week. They are both terrific writers and I encourage you to read any and all of their books and blogs.
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell. The history of Hawaii, told with a dash of humor.
The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. You’ve probably seen the movie – a fascinating tale of a monarch with a stutter. Who comes to the throne in the age of radio broadcasts. Very touching read.
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch. After the death of her sister, Ms. Sankovitch decides to read a book and write a review every day for a year. I am now realizing just what an undertaking that was. 😉
True Crime (Murder)
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. We all know the story of Lincoln’s assassination. But O’Reilly and Dugard write this book like a modern day thriller.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that changed America by Erik Larson. Yes, this book is about a serial killer who preys on women in 1890’s Chicago. But it is also a fascinating look at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
True Crime (Art Theft)
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser. Priceless works of art were stolen from the Gardner Museum. Their frames still hang empty.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. An interesting look into the world of art forgery.
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. Fascinating account of the small group of men who were charged with saving the world’s greatest art from theft and destruction during WWII.
The Great Pearl Heist: London’s Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard’s Hunt for the World’s Most Valuable Necklace by Molly Caldwell Crosby. Fun to read about a 100+ year old theft and the early history of Scotland Yard.
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett. An interesting tale in the world of rare book theft.
So, what non-fiction do you think I should tackle next? What did you pick for this open-ended TTT? Comment away and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!