It started with Homage to Catalonia, proceeded on to Desert Solitaire, and now I'm plowing through People's History of the United States. All this non-fiction in a row is giving me lots of insights, exposing me to beautiful language and sometimes disturbing facts. They're an educational counterpoint to some novels I've read. Homage gives a different perspective of the Spanish Civil War than Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls. The characters in Edward Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang don't like dams very much, but in Desert Solitaire, Abbey beautifully and clearly illustrates the price we pay for certain types of progress, such as dams. Reading the People's History is providing a counterpoint to a myriad of fiction and non-fiction works in the American canon.
Perhaps I'll keep on this non-fiction roll until the fall, or maybe longer. Any recommendations?