Today is my first post for Non-Fiction November, an exciting event celebrating non-fiction hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie at Regular Ruminations. Every Monday this month, a discussion question will be posted. Then each Friday there will be a link-up for discussion posts and non-fiction reviews, with each linky entry entered in a prize drawing at the end of the month! Today’s topic is
Nonfiction Favorite(s): What is your favorite piece of nonfiction? Or, if you can’t pick just one, share several of your best nonfiction reads.
Favorite books… always such a tough question! I think what all of my favorite non-fiction books have in common is that they tell a fascinating story about people in the past and/or they’re about something of particular interest to me. If going to go add one book to your to-read list after you finish this post, my choice would be for you to add Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. This book included all of the things I look for in really good non-fiction about an issue relevant to my life: personal stories, research-backed ideas, and actionable advice. I was shocked by the pervasiveness of (mostly) unconscious descrimination against women that still exists today and I’d love to see more people made aware of what they can do about it.
Some other books I like include humorous women’s memoirs about problems relevant to me such as Some Nerve about being brave or How To Be a Woman about feminism…
Engaging histories like The Black Count about the real-life inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo and the beautifully illustrated The Civil War in 50 Objects…
And finally books on science that are tangentially related to research I do or have done, such as the surprisingly accessible books The Signal and the Noise on big data and The Emperor of All Maladies about cancer.
And there you have it – some of my best recommendations in the non-fiction genre. If you have a topic on which you wish I’d recommend something, just ask in the comments Now, let’s all go forth and read non-fiction!