“A Short History of Nearly Everything”–My favorite nonfiction book

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson is my all time favorite nonfiction book. In 544 pages (including notes, index, and bibliography) he does a pretty darn good job of living up to the promise made by the title. He starts with the big bang theory and ends with the rise of civilization, touching on just about everything in between. Reading this book is like getting a crash course in half the college courses on campus, many of them classes that you probably slept through and barely passed, but Bryson makes it fun and very entertaining. If I were a science teacher in a high school, this book would be required reading in my class. And it is an invaluable tool for writing science fiction–reading it sparks a thousand different ideas for novels to that end.




About nwharrisbooks

Born and raised in a small town in north Georgia, my imagination evolved under the swaying pines surrounding my family's log home. On summer days that were too hot, winter days that were too cold, and every night into the wee hours I read books. My face was rarely seen, always hidden behind a binding. I was nurtured on fiction. Now it is my turn to create some of my own. I live in sunny southern California with my beautiful wife and two perfect children (I may be biased). I write like I read, constantly. I studied anthropology at UCSB and medicine at SUNY Buffallo.
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14 Responses to “A Short History of Nearly Everything”–My favorite nonfiction book

  1. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Super review of an excellent book. This is one of my favourites too: entertaining, genuinely gripping, and full of fascinating facts and anecdotes!

  3. Klara says:

    I fully agree, this is a great book!

  4. Bani Amor says:

    I love Bryson so I can’t wait to read this one.

  5. Saunved says:

    Thank you for following my blog! And as for the book, I think I should read it, it sounds fun! 😀

  6. veraersilia says:

    A great book and a great author. Most everything he writes is worth reading.

  7. Paul J. Stam says:

    So glad you liked “What Makes An Artist? – Revised” on Paper, Mud and Me. – Aloha – pjs.

  8. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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