Nonfiction Authors of the Moment

Fiction always has more appeal for me, but when Eliot Glazer of the New York Times listed five nonfiction authors in his chart for the One-Page Magazine, I noticed.

Al Gore – The Future9780812992946_p0_v4_s114x166     9780307594884_p0_v4_s114x166     9780062238399_p0_v4_s114x166    9780446585187_p0_v3_s260x420  

Sonia SotomayorMy Beloved World

Cissy HoustonRemembering Whitney: My Story

Tommy MottolaHitmaker: The Man and His Music

Bill O’Reilly – Killing (Lincoln, Kennedy, Jesus – take your pick)

If you have digressed from fictional lore to reading any of these creative nonfiction books, which do you recommend?

Abraham Lincoln

Although birthdays of famous heroes are the dates usually celebrated, today is worth noting as the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death.

Has the length of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s historical chronicle – A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – kept you from trying to read it?

If you start, you may get hooked.    The first section introduces you to Lincoln before he was nominated to be President, and is a suspenseful accounting of the politics that mirror today.   You know Lincoln is nominated and elected, but Goodwin’s reporting will still keep you wondering what happens.     And, if you’ve not heard the influence the book had on our current President, Lincoln’s appointment of his rival to be Secretary of State will bring you home.

A Team of Rivals is a book that you can take in sections and not necessarily all at once.    It’s a history lesson worth knowing.