Category Archives: Nonfiction Reviews

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

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Stuxnet – the world’s first digital weapon has gotten a magisterial treatment courtesy of Kim Zetter’s newest book, Countdown to Zero Day. If you’ve already forgotten about the Stuxnet worm, it was developed as a weapon against Iran’s nuclear program and discovered in fall 2010. Zetter recounts the historical importance of this malicious software and its place in history. If you’re unfamiliar with… Read more »

Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

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If you’ve been searching for a popular social science book that actually uses hard data, look no further: Dataclysm by Christian Rudder will meet your needs and more. Graphs are printed both in glorious black and vivid red, bringing attention to data like a popular science book never has before. The book itself is a breezy conversation between Rudder and the reader,… Read more »

[FOOD] My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

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While it may not be readily apparent – I absolutely love cookbooks and books about food. My tastes are very narrow though – I only enjoy either food writing in the vein of MFK Fisher such as Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr or absolutely brilliant cookbooks that tell a story, are well designed, and move beyond simply being a collection… Read more »

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes by Nevin Martell

Bill Watterson created one of the most indelible parts of literature and pop culture in the late 20th century, the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Begun in 1985 and ending its run in 1995, Calvin and Hobbes took its readers onto a magical journey – one that nobody wanted to end. Adding to the intrigue – Bill Watterson has become… Read more »

{FC} Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

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Luke Barr’s Provence, 1970 tells the story of the evolution of American cuisine and its ringleaders: M.F.K. Fisher, the Childs (Julia & Paul), James Beard, and Richard Olney. If food and the champions of culinary writing have any appeal to the reader, they are strongly encouraged to ignore the rest of this review and just go ahead and read Provence,… Read more »

We Are Anonymous by Parmy Olson

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It seems like just a little while ago that Anonymous and LulzSec were the darlings of the media. It was a pretty good bet that you’d find something in the news weekly about something or another that LulzSec or Anonymous had just done. While these hacker groups purposely remain anonymous on purpose, we’re still graced with a ‘tell-all’ book that… Read more »

Five Days At Memorial by Sherri Fink

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Five Days at Memorial by Sherri Fink was just published on September 10, 2013. Thanks to the publisher (Crown) – I was able to read an advance digital copy of this book. I can confirm wholeheartedly that it’s earned all the accolades coming its way thus far. An informative page-turner, the struggle with ethics and morality is highlighted throughout the book,… Read more »

Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Pantheon Books had an unique book cover style. Their design was the handiwork of one Louise Fili, who produced close to 2,000 jacket / cover designs for the catalog of Pantheon as their art director for most of the 1980s. In 1989, Fili began her own design studio, Louis Fili, Ltd. and began doing commercial art (restaurant & food packaging… Read more »

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Steketee and Frost

Normally, I don’t read psychological-based nonfiction, but I couldn’t pass up reading this book. I found some of the stories included within the pages to be rather sad, almost exactly like the television show Hoarders. On the other hand, I found some of the other stories to focus more on depression rather than hoarding. That’s to be expected as the… Read more »

Film School by Steve Boman

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Film school has an intangible aura, especially when somebody claims that they’re going to attend film school. “How wonderful!” is usually the reply. But does either side really know what film school’s going to consist of? Nope. At least not until a memoir of attending USC’s film school was written by Steve Boman. Film School is an appropriately named title… Read more »