People will talk about people

Along with all the great new fall fiction, book group facilitators can look forward to fascinating nonfiction that will please devotees of “the real story.” Steve Paul, senior writer and arts editor at the Kansas City Star, added his two cents to the crop of autumn reads with a round-up of the most intriguing nonfiction.

Book groups looking for stories about science, historical figures, investigative journalism, and larger than life personalities, will find plenty to choose from in this article.

Reliable book group favorite Dava Sobel returns with another compelling look at a facet of science. A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos offers a world-shaking tale of how a Polish theorist changed everyone’s world view.

I’m looking forward to An Emergency in Slow Motion, a biography of Diane Arbus. Her eye-popping, sometimes controversial, photography and edgy view of her surroundings will surely ignite renewed interest in her work. I may also consider pairing this book with last year’s hot biography, Just Kids by Patti Smith.

Read the Star‘s list with an eye towards selecting discussable nonfiction about pillars of society and culture and ordinary everyday extraordinary folks.




About the Author:

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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