Some Excellent, Though Short, Non-Fiction

March 10, 2008

Asked for a reading recommendation the other day, (a service referred to by librarians as ‘reader’s advisory’) we remembered the terrific Penguin Lives series of biographies. Then, as it happens, we read an article from the International Herald Tribune the very next day which also had good things to say about Penguin Lives. With Roy Blount writing about Robert E. Lee, Francine du Plessix Gray describing Simone Weil and Jane Smiley presenting Charles Dickens, each in about 200 pages, how could one go wrong? If these appeal to you, don’t forget to check out the handful of other short non-fiction series also described in the Herald Tribune article.