Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Nonfiction for Hard Times

I promised four posts, all with extensive book lists, and here's my second, "Nonfiction I Have Actually Read."

I am married to a surprise. But, Bob Swisher reads nonfiction. In our 52 years together, I remember him reading two novels: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Killing Mr. Watson. Neither of those made MY list of novels to read during trying times.

He mocks my fiction-reading habits, and I was happy to report to him in the past few years my nonfiction reading equaled my fiction. But, I still prefer stories, so many of the nonfiction books I enjoy are narrative nonfiction: memoir, biography, and just plain-old stories. Creative nonfiction feeds my soul.

Other than narrative, I DO read education policy books. I'm excited to say, I now read the books of friends -- social media friends. Pretty cool to be only that degree separated from authors.

Of  the four lists I will share, this is my shortest...a lifetime of reading novels means I have not caught up.

The nonfiction I share now are all books I have read. I have learned, I have enjoyed. Every one of them has left me a better, smarter, person.

My next two blog posts will be the books my very well-read friends suggested for our bibliotherapy through  tough times.

How many of these have  you read? What would you tell someone about them?

Nonfiction I’ve Read

Devil’s Highway – Urrea
Diary of a Young Girl  – Frank
Dreams from My Father – Obama
Girl Interrupted – Kaysen
Hoosier School Heist – Martin
I Am Malala -- Yousafzai
Ishmael -- Quinn
Man’s Search for Meaning – Frankl
March Trilogy – Lewis
Most Dangerous – Sheinkin
New Testament
Partly Cloudy Patriot – Vowell
Quiet – Cain
Ratf*cked – Daley
Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty – Gorski
Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Manson
Symphony for the City of the Dead – Anderson
Teachers Have it Easy -- Eggers
Testimony – Williams
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack -- Skoot
The Innocent Man – Grisham
The Myths of Standardized Tests – Harris
The Other Wes Moore – Moore
The Power of Habit – Duhigg
The Stories We Live By – McAdams
There Are No Children Here – Kotlowitz
What it is Like to Go to War – Marlantes
Worst Hard Times -- Egan

Zeitoun – Eggers

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