It's been a spate of non-fiction this last month or two. It started with a book sent to me by my mom called The Power of Habit-Why We Do What We Do In Life And In Business by Charles Duhigg. It's a combo of self help and business practices, all with fascinating stories around certain companies, products and society. A good read, but nothing earth shattering to learn for me. There is no magic bullet to changing habits!
Next I read Soldier Dogs - The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage. Ms. Goodavage was on The Daily Show promoting her book and it caught my fancy as I had recently finished reading about Rin Tin Tin. I was amazed at the amount of dogs there are in the military and the kind of training they go through. You have to be a very special dog to pass muster in the military. And yet they are still considered "supplies" like guns or vehicles. The stories of various events in Afghanistan and Iraq are amazing and the love the handlers have for their dogs is unsurprisingly touching. The dogs save lives and frequently give up their own as they are the first body in the way of bomb.
Lastly, I read Save The Cat! Goes To The Movies by Blake Snyder. This was also a gift from mom, or rather I should say Harper (with help from mom) on Mother's Day. If you are wanting to write screenplays, Save The Cat is a great book to read. This second book takes what is in the original book, styles of scripts and movies, and divides them into type ("Golden Fleece" or "Dude with a Problem" or "Monster In The House") and then uses a specific movie as an example, breaking it down to its elements. It's a fun read and very educational. I already had some ideas on rewrites for my current script just from reading this. Highly recommend!
I love reading.