First BAND post: Favorite Nonfiction — 16 Comments

  1. Great post Joy! I haven’t read a lot about race in America, though I took an American History class my sophomore year of college and read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and The Jungle. Both are fantastic books and deal a lot with race/immigration in America.

  2. This is a fantastic post Joy, thanks for all the books you mentioned. I loved The Warmth of Other Suns when I read it earlier this year. I also don’t know a lot about race in America, but it is a really important topic. I’m glad talking about books was a way to discuss those issues.

  3. Wow I love this Joy, sounds like a really fantastic group and initiative. This is one of the reasons that I love nonfiction best. It helps me grow and learn both why things are the way that they are and what I can do about it.

  4. Excellent post outlining one of the reasons nonfiction should be a part of every readers book list. There is so much we don’t know about so many things. I suppose we could keep on taking classes but another option is the wealth of nonfiction available today.

    I’m adding some of the titles you gave us to my TBR list. I have Warmth of Other Suns on reserve at the library but it is taking forever to come to me. Actually that’s a good thing. It means lots of people are interested.

  5. Hm, what about something about Native Americans in modern day America? Lakota Woman is fascinating. It’s about one of the women who fought for Native rights in the 60s.

  6. Have you tried Gwen Ifill’s book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race In the Age of Obama? It’s wonderful.

    So glad to hear more about one of your favorite types of nonfiction! 🙂

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  9. This sounds like a fantastic book group! Like others have said in comments, Warmth of Other Suns has caught my attention recently, and I would like to read in the near future.

  10. Loved your comments about our CFUH Book Club, Joy. (I like to call it our Diversity Book Club.)
    It has been very educational for me and I love interacting and sharing with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

    Yes, Warmth Of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson is a informative book. It gets painful to read at times. If you wish google Isabel Wilkerson and Charlie Rose for a wonderful interview with the author. Wouldn’t it be lovely if it could become required reading for all high schoolers.

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