Does the word "non-fiction" scare your book discussion group? Does it sound boring, dry, like reading a text book? Well, then you need to take a look at St. Louis County Library's non-fiction book discussion kit titles. These books read like fiction and guess what; you may learn something along the way. My book discussion groups read at least one non-fiction title per year. It's "required reading. "Here are a few that have been successful.
"The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. The 1893 Colombian Expedition in Chicago is the setting. The creation of the fair, the politics, and the finances for this extraordinary event are only part of the story. The other part is about a serial killer who is in Chicago during this time. It is a fascinating tale that has been well received by the book discussion community.
"River of Doubt" by Candice Mallard. After Teddy Roosevelt's defeat in 1912, he decided to take an expedition to the Amazon River. Once they arrive, they make a change of plans and decide to go down the River of Doubt, a river that no person has ever traveled before. He and his men aren't prepared for the hardships they encounter, losing their canoes, lack of supplies and disease to name a few. The accomplishments were great but the costs were high.
"Shadow Divers: the True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything To Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II" by Robert Kurson.
This book grabs you from the get-go. Did you know there was a German sub found off the coast of New Jersey in 1991? The story introduced me to deep wreck diving, quite different than scuba diving. The risks; mental, physical and financial of underwater archaeology are researched extensively and the author does a fantastic job of weaving it all into a true adventure story.
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