Monday, December 12, 2016

Books I’m Not Recommending for Christmas Part 2

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

Tudors by Peter Ackroyd.

Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage by Richard Holmes.

King John by Marc Morris.

General Non-fiction

The Fractured Republic by Yuval Levin.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

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.

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.


Photograph by Axelle B via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've seen Hillbilly Elegy come up on a number of posts. I should probably check it out! The Sherlock book looks interesting, too. A few years ago I listened to all Doyle's Sherlock stories on audio just to get to know the original, as I had seen so many variations in modern-day versions.