Friday, 22 April 2016
Fancy getting drunk on a new eBook?
Gin: A Global History, by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.
Terrible puns aside, this book is an entertaining and informative look at the history of one of the western world's best known alcoholic beverages.
Whether you are a fan of gin, or simply interested in the history of food and it's place in culture, this book will give you a pleasant diversion from the hard-reading academic books you may be wading through for your assignments.
As you may have gathered from the above two paragraphs, this is not a scholarly textbook. This book belongs in a genre known as creative nonfiction (or literary nonfiction, or narrative nonfiction, or a number of other things - the genre is still young, so the terminology is flexible).
Creative nonfiction is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of writing, with many best sellers over the past couple of decades belonging to this category. This is the genre in which you find works like Notes from a Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson; or The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks; or Me Talk Pretty One Day and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris.
There is a lot of variety within creative nonfiction. The author might tell you the story of their bicycle tour from England to Hong Kong, or what happened in a country during a particular year, or how birds see the world, or the history of invented languages...
Or, they might tell you about that bottle of gin your grandmother has in her liquor cabinet.
Do you have a favourite creative nonfiction book?