Nonfiction November Week 1: My Year in Nonfiction

This week's discussion is hosted by Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness.Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? (I’ll post about this later in the week) What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?I've read 26 nonfiction titles so far this year; 14 by men, 12 by women. Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes has been my favorite, but Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi runs a very close second. I've definitely recommended Violins of Hope the most. I think…


Capturing Music by Thomas Forrest Kelly

  Capturing Music is an "entertaining history of how musicians learned to record music for all time, filled with art that sings." This is the story of music notation, complete with musical examples, vivid, full-color illustrations, and a CD of accompanying music performed by esteemed early music vocal ensemble Blue Heron. I love how Kelly connects a human reason to each development in notation. These changes were (and are) not the result of scholars with nothing better to do, thinking up ways to make things more difficult. This was brilliant problem-solving that met very real needs of a living, breathing language as it evolved and became more complex over time. Serious musicians who enjoy theory and history will especially enjoy this…


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