I am so excited for Non-Fiction November. This is a great opportunity to catch up on essential reading and encourage more people to read non-fiction. Here are my picks for each of the four categories!
1. Home: “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond
Sociologist follows eight families in Milwaukee as “they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads.”
2. Substance: “We Gon’ Be Alright” by Jeff Chang
Short collections of essays that examine the “recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the county”
3. Love: ”The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion
Didion’s account of the year following the death of her husband and onset of her daughter’s severe illness
4. Scholarship: “Little Soldiers” by Lenora Chu
Exploration of the Chinese education system, “one of the most celebrated—and most extreme—school systems in the world”
BONUS: “The Best American Essays 2017” edited by Leslie Jamison
This essay collection is ultimately a response to the recent election, which prompted people to question whether the arts still matter. The personal essays featured in this collection are extremely powerful, and proclaim: yes, indeed, it’s even more crucial for people’s experiences to be heard.
Which non-fiction books are you planning to read?