Part 2 of the books I’m not recommending for Christmas (see the explanation in Part 1) includes history and biography, general non-fiction, and poetry.
A note about the general non-fiction books listed: four of them (by Levin, Vance, Reno, and Metaxas). Although written before the presidential election, go a long way to explaining what happened on Nov. 8.
History and Biography
The Autobiography of Mark Twain (3 volumes)
Tudors by Peter Ackroyd.
Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die by the Museum of London.
Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage by Richard Holmes.
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapior.
A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte.
Mark Twain: Chasing the Last Laugh by Richard Zacks.
Norman Nicholson: The Whispering Poet by Kathleen Jones.
King John by Marc Morris.
The Fractured Republic by Yuval Levin.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society by R.R. Reno.
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly.
If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas.
Pilgrim Wheels by Neil Hanson.
Sentenced to Life by Clive James.
Where the Sky Opens by Laurie Klein.
American Barricade by Daniel Schoonebeek.
Poems by C.S. Lewis.
Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian.
The Joy of Poetry by Megan Willome.
Rapture and The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy.
Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide by Mark Yakich.
Balancing Acts by Yahia Lababidi.
Mall Flower by Tina Barry.
Parable and Paradox by Malcom Guite.
Songs and Poems by Leonard Cohen.
Push Mountain Road by Pat Durmon.
Rain and Landing Light by Don Paterson.
The Light the Dead See by Frank Stanford.
Hagar Poems by Mohja Kahf.
Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo.
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