I’m in a non-fiction kind of mood right now. Spring has sprung and as the days get longer and the news gets well, you know, I’m craving knowledge.
I love books that help me connect the dots. I’m reading Hannah Gadsby’s truly excellent memoir, Ten Steps to Nanette. Along with writing about her childhood, she adds in breaks to give the historical and cultural context that she wasn’t aware of as a child, but internalized anyway. I’m also reading Rachel Maddow’s Blowout, which is also about connecting dots, but makes me angry.
Both books are well written and get under my skin, but sometimes I get a little obsessed with a non-fiction book because it’s a great story not well told. Nick Bilton’s American Kingpin isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great either. I get frustrated thinking about the really good book that hasn’t been written about Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road, and the cavalcade of terrible people involved with it. I don’t know who should write it, and maybe it needs a few more years for context.
So go ahead, jump into the comments with me and talk about non-fiction.
- Which non-fiction books are you reading, or have on your TBR list?
- What do you recommend every time someone says they are looking for a non-fiction read?
- Which story would you like to see written by a different author?
If you are looking for even more non-fiction reads, we have a few tags for that: Non-fiction, Biography/Memoir, Cooking/Food, Health, History, and Sports. Some of those tags will also include fiction, but who knows what you will find. You can also check out our past comment diversions and still chime in if you’d like.