I didn’t invent Nonfiction November but I want to thank whoever did. Nonfiction doesn’t dominate my reading but it seems that this year, I’ve been reading less than I usually do.  In October, I’ve been trying to read more, and plan to try even harder in November.

I’m currently reading The Perfect Storm about the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea after being caught in the “perfect storm”. Made into a movie in 2000.

In October I finished, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men about all the ways gender is not taken into account when designing products, making policy, and conducting medical research.

I also finished Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields. This book discusses German women and their varied levels of involvement on the WWII Nazi eastern front.

A couple other interesting nonfiction books I finished in October (that we don’t have in the Kirkwood library) were The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson and Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth.

I will be posting each week in November with some new and classic nonfiction selections and other interesting information about nonfiction.  If you have any favorites you want to share, please comment on this post or send an email to library@kirkwood.edu and in a future post I can include your first name, book title, and a brief description of why you loved it or why you recommend it.

Posted by Julie – one our your Kirkwood Librarians

Here are a few nonfiction titles to start off the month:

We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance by Linda Sarsour, Call Number: 305.486 S248w

Suffrage : women’s long battle for the vote by Ellen Carol DuBois, Call Number: 324.623 D815s

Suffrage : the epic struggle for women’s right to vote by Susan L. Poulson, Call Number: 324.623 P875s

Let the people pick the president : the case for abolishing the Electoral College by Jesse Wegman, Call Number: 324.63 W411L

The pandemic century : one hundred years of panic, hysteria, and hubris by Mark Honigsbaum, Call Number: 614.49 H773p

These truths : a history of the United States by Jill Lepore, Call Number: 973 L598t

Classics of the Week
The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins, Call Number: 591.5 D271s 2006 Originally published in 1976 this is the 30th Anniversary Edition
Notes of a native son by James Baldwin, Call Number: 305.896 B181n Originally published in 1955
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Call Number: 363.738 C321s 1994 Originally published in 1962