Unraveling Nonfiction Research and Writing: Episode 353 with Peggy Orenstein
“There's No Way I'm Going to Get a Book Out of This.”
This week, Jess and KJ talk to journalist, author, and lifelong knitter Peggy Orenstein about research, nonfiction writing, expertise, and examining the unexamined in ordinary life. Peggy’s newest book is , Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater.
Why Fish Don’t Exist, by Lulu Miller
Etymology of the term “woolgathering”
Etymology of the term “spinster”
KJ: Geneology of a Murder: Four Generations, Three Families, One Fateful Night by Lisa Belkin
Also mentioned: The Puzzler by A.J. Jacobs
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