Over the weekend, publishing veteran Pat Holt wrote an impassioned post about Mahvish Rukhsana Khan's memoir, My Guantanamo Diary. She writes that this is one of her favorite nonfiction titles of the last three years:

As you can see, thanks to Khan’s ability to insert a sense of humanity into the controversy over torture and the effects of war, I was engrossed in even the most painful parts of My Guantanamo Diary, and still am today. Following the death of Osama bin Laden, It’s important to be informed in every detail of the way America deals with political suspects.

What nonfiction books have impacted you this strongly?

Last week, Elizabeth Gilbert gave a reading at the New York Public Library that served as her farewell to Eat, Pray, Love. Here's more from The Atlantic:

About a year and a half ago, she says she'd had enough, and felt like peeling off from the Eat, Pray, Love movement. "I didn't want to do it too soon because I thought it would be rude," Gilbert said. "People love this book and they want to meet the person who wrote it. I've been the ambassador." Determined "to see the phenomenon through," she waited until the release of the film and her most recent book Committed to come out in paperback.

As Gilbert said at the event at the NYPL, she's saying goodbye because she's become "synonymous with something very poppy and chick lit-y."

BookPage has covered Gilbert's "poppy" stuff and her not-so-poppy stuff. See: reviews of Eat, Pray, Love; Stern Men; and The Last American Man. Or, read an interview about Committed.

Finally, visit Barbara Samuel's blog for a discussion about e-publishing with novelist Jennifer Cruisie. Samuel is BookPage's former romance columnist and also the author of 30 novels.

What click-worthy links have you come across this week?

Also: What are you reading this weekend? Happy Friday!

 

 

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