Living out in the country, there were a few fun things to do during the summer and one of them was to read. We had all sorts of books, but I remember in particular a biography of the Red Baron, (Manfred von Richthofen, not the pizza) and became intrigued with non-fiction.
My love for non-fiction has never been quenched and I still read it and love it. But what has changed in the format of non-fiction. It’s more narrative and comes in hardcopy or graphic novel. It comes as stand alones or in series. It’s also disguised as great fiction too!
So here’s a list of non-fiction you should dive into this summer….so worth it (and you’ll learn a lot in the process!)
Brazen by Penelope Bagieu: This is a great book that takes a unique approach to women in leadership roles. Some you may have heard of, others perhaps not. The author goes into details about women from history (Nzinga and Agnodice to name a few) to current (Betty Davis (the singer, not the actress) and Mae Jemison) to well-known names
(Peggy Gugenheim and Nellie Bly)If only all of the women
who kicked booty throughout history could have been added…
Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge: While this is a
fictional account in novel in verse AND graphic
novel, this book is a must read. Filled with beautiful images, that author takes the reader down a long, hard road along with Mary Shelley, who wanted to live a beautiful life in love but ended up being emotionally torn and pulled by the relationships she created. Then along came her monster….
The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea: I actually stumbled on this read through the Audiosync Summer reading series and boy, am I glad I did. This is considered an adult non-fiction book, but definitely is on the forefront of current social issues in the US and one teens can enjoy. The reader goes on a journey from Mexico to the US with a coyote, who smuggles over 20 men into the Arizona dessert…and where few come out alive. The perspective is layered and the facts can be grim and difficult…altogether a fascinating read.
This is Really Happening by Erin Chack: This is an autobiography, but not just any autbiography. This is one written by someone people may or may not know or follow, but who works for an online site most everyone has heard about: Buzzfeed. You have to be a unique writer to capture the attention of millions, and this is just what Erin has done. She takes us through her life from before middle school to her life now and all of its ups and downs, from boyfriends to marriage, to cancer and friendship, all with that unique and humorous prose Buzzfeed is known for. Short and sweet, a great read for teens and adults.
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner: I really should look up to see if Cornelia and her friend Emily are still alive, but I was sucked into their story of their escapades of the 1920s. What is so unique about this book is that is was written over 76 years ago and details teenaged girls wanting the same independence, fun, and relationships teens want today. Just another time period that can’t be “faked.” You’re sitting front and center in this book to experience their lives unfold in very different but similar ways. Great companion book to The Great Gatsby!