Nonfiction November!

Greetings friends!

So I just came across a reading challenge going on over on Booktube this month where you dedicate yourself to reading nonfiction.  How did I not find out about this sooner?!?!  I love reading nonfiction, but the majority of the time, I’m grabbing fiction, so this is a perfect time to catch up on some of those books that I just haven’t gotten to.  This event is hosted by A Book Olive and Non Fic Books, so please go and check out their channels for more information.

The challenges for this year are:

  • New
  • Fascinating
  • Important
  • Controversial
The idea is to pick a nonfiction book that could fall into each of these categories, so that you end up reading a total of four for the month.  Since I’m coming into this halfway through the month, there is really no way for me to realistically read four books, so I’m just going to pick a few titles that I’ve been interested in and participate that way.  However, I’m definitely keeping this idea as reference for next year, so we can make it a thing!  Feel free to design this in the way that best suits you, but I would definitely encourage you to pick up some nonfiction this month, especially if it’s something new for you.  The times we find ourselves in now really speak to reading works of nonfiction so that we can better understand the world around us.  
So here are the books I’m picking up, but there are absolutely no guarantees that they will get finished!
I recently came across this book after watching the author’s TED talk online and I’m looking forward to reading the book now!

For three years, the author traveled around the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings.  The shamed are people like us, only they made a joke on social media that came out badly or made a mistake at work and once their transgression was revealed, collective outrage ensues.  The next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, and sometimes even fired from their job.  

Shame has become a form of social control and this is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws, and the very scary part we all play in it. 

I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

When the author was 30 years old on an assignment to review a play at a college theater, she was held at knife point and raped by a stranger who had grown up five miles away from her.  Once her assailant was caught and sentenced, Joanna never spoke of the trauma again, until 21 years later when her daughter was about to go to college.  She resolved then to tell her children about her own rape so that they could learn and protect themselves, and she began to realize that the man who assaulted her was one of the formative people in her life.

Setting out to uncover the story of her attacker, Connors embarked on a journey to find out who he was, where he came from, who his friends were, and what his life was like.  What she discovers stretches beyond one violent man’s story and back into her own, interweaving a narrative about strength and survival with one about rape culture and violence in America. 

I’ve also got Hillbilly Elegy on hold at the library, so if it comes in early, I’d like to get that read too.

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. 

So those are the books that I think I could finish by the end of the month.  Will you be reading any nonfiction?  Let me know your reads in the comments because I love adding more books to my TBR!  Use #NonfictionNovember to follow along with others!
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