May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA: Genre: Non-Fiction In All Its Forms

Today Topic:

Today we are talking non-fiction books! Non-fiction books are a very broad category, ranging from autobiographies and biographies to historical figures or events to even travel books. It is really hard to narrow down the possibilities for this quick introduction to the genre!

I probably haven't ever really read through an entire Non-fiction book before, I find them not interesting and half the time like Im suppose to be studying for a test when I do read one. I know there are a lot of wonderful stories out there but this genre isnt my cup of tea. 
However... the one I do own that I have skimmed through and loved, is about the fabulous Audrey Hepburn, whom I adore and love all of her movies.  
What about you? I'm curious as to anyone who may recommend a Non-fiction that may catch my interest. I'm always happy to try something new.

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M:

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey--dainty, immaculate--is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings; Hepburn herself felt very conflicted about balancing the roles of mother and movie star. With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. Indeed, cultural touchstones like Sex and the City owe a debt of gratitude to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

In this meticulously researched gem of a book, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, presenting Breakfast at Tiffany's as we have never seen it before--through the eyes of those who made it. Written with delicious prose and considerable wit, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. shines new light on a beloved film and its incomparable star.


  1. I'm crazy in love with nonfiction and I talk about/review them on my blog frequently.

    One that recently made me fall head over heels was The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne.

    Happy reading!

  2. That book sounds really interesting! Love the movie and Audrey!

  3. Thanks for the recommendation Jennifer!