Nonfiction Friday

January 29, 2016 Uncategorized 15


Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your nonfiction posts too!

15 Responses to “Nonfiction Friday”

  1. Laura Roberts

    That’s an interesting breakdown on the stats for who reads nonfiction, women or men. I do think of history as a subject that more men tend to read, since it often focuses on “manly” subjects like war, survival against nature or other foes, conquering new lands, and adventure… but like you said, I certainly prefer to seek out historical books that are about women. Maybe that’s because we are looking for that “unwritten” or overlooked history?

    I think that’s partially why I picked up The Girls of Atomic City; it’s definitely a story I haven’t read about before. And even though the subject is ostensibly rooted in war, it’s also about science, social changes, women in the workforce and women’s rights, and the secret history of this city that wasn’t on any maps for so long. I also find it interesting because it’s covering a topic that relates to my own family, so maybe part of it is also the way female writers are able to weave those things together.
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  2. Kim @Time2Read

    OK….trying again….your blog really doesn’t like me. 🙁
    I hope suddenly 3 nearly identical comments won’t show up!
    I was just saying….I just added Hitler’s Forgotten Children to my list. I hadn’t heard about the Lebensborn children until I read The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy. I really enjoyed that book.

  3. Kim @Time2Read

    OK…I think I figured it out. I can leave my ‘dummy blog’ link here and it works just fine.
    But if I link to my REAL blog….either where it asks for my link below, or even just a link to a post on my blog here in the comment….my post gets lost in space!
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    • DoingDewey

      I’m sorry the link to your real blog doesn’t work, but I’m excited you got if figured out 🙂 I didn’t love McCoy’s The Mapmaker’s Children, but it almost worked for me, so I’ll definitely think about picking up some of her other historical fiction. It seems like it could be really interesting to pair The Baker’s Daughter with nonfiction on the same topic.

  4. Laurie C

    Yay for the library! I read more nonfiction by women than men, I think, but that’s probably because I prefer personal narratives for my nonfiction reading, rather than grand overviews of large topics. But looking at the list of memoirs about travel with family that I’m linking up to Nonfiction Friday, the ratio is 4 female authors to 3 male authors, so that’s not too uneven!
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    • DoingDewey

      Libraries really are the best 🙂 Even though I’ve not been reading as many memoirs lately, I do typically prefer nonfiction that does a good job of telling stories about individual people, no matter what topic the book is focused on. You do have a great gender balance on your list, which I find really interesting, especially in that subgenre.

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve read very few of the books on the list, but the ones I have read have been good and many of the ones I haven’t read are ones I’ve heard good things about 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I think in 2014, around the time I was doing my stats, I read an article about male and female writers in nonfiction and I was concerned that reading as much nonfiction as I do would mean that I was reading mostly male authors. Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case 🙂
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  5. susan

    I guess the article talks mostly about histories being written mostly by men about other men and for other men, which doesn’t surprise me too much. A lot of history being about war. There are quite a few great women historians, but perhaps many more write nonfiction memoirs and biographies and books on current affairs and politics and literary criticism and social histories etc. Perhaps, as the article mentions, the percentage of books written by women historians will surpass men in the years to come
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    • DoingDewey

      Good point! A lot of history does seem to focus on wars, especially in the history classes I’ve had, and it could be that this is a topic that appeals to men more. It seems as though in most places and times men have been the people most actively involved in war, so it makes sense that war is a topic that would primarily appeal to male readers and writers.
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