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Learn Raspberry Pi with Linux
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A Common Faith (The Terry Lectures Series)
John Dewey
The Gate Behind the Wall
Samuel C. Heilman
Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies
Don Hubert, Kenneth Thompson, David Held, Stuart Hall
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The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
Kevin Bales;Ron Soodalter
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
Marcel Proust, Christopher Prendergast, James Grieve
Love
Jean Stewart, B.C.J.G. Knight, Suzanne Sale, Gilbert Sale, Stendhal
Atlas of the Roman World
John Matthews, Tim J. Cornell
Lord Jim
Joseph Conrad
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction - William Knowlton Zinsser I like books on writing. I even have a separate shelf for them. My collection of books on writing has been growing steadily even though I don't write at all.
Most books on writing, even when posing as style manuals, represent a way of life, a philosophy on how a soul should read or be read. Reading On Writing Well was more like reading a guide to living than reading a guide to writing nonfiction -- Zinsser does not stop to emphasize how important it is to be yourself, how important it is to see the human, and how important it is to be personal.
The middle of the book is about writing different types of nonfiction: travel writing, criticism, humour, sports.. and Zinssers gives a generous amount of names and examples. I didn't enjoy these more specifically instructive chapters as much as the more general opening and closing chapters, but I can see how they would be very useful for people who do write.