Reading: Farewell to Alms Tossed, On To Born Standing Up

Well, I've reached the point of quitting my current non-fiction reading project. I've been working on A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World (Princeton Economic History of the Western World) for almost 6 weeks now and read an entire 40 pages (2 chapters). It was interesting, and something I'd like to come back and read some day, but I just could not get into it. It's Economic History, after all, so not exactly engaging. I wish that I could have found a way to get through it. Unfortunately, every couple paragraphs I was falling asleep.

In order to compensate, I've decided to take up an alternative non-fiction work: Steve Martin's Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. Thus far, I've already ripped through a couple chapters in an hour and found it quite enjoyable. I've read Steve Martin's novels and enjoyed them, so I'm glad to take on a lighter non-fiction work, even if it doesn't expand my vocabulary very much.

If you're a fan of economics and history, then you'll definitely wanted to read Farewell, while if you're a fan of stand-up comedy (and that wild and crazy guy), then you should definitely reading Born Standing Up.

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