Nonfiction November: 10 Must reads

We’re already half way through the month (holy crap…) but it’s never too late for a list of must-reads!

Nonfiction can be challenge for some – flashbacks of school texts and essays just a few of the deterrents out there. But done right, there’s an incredible wealth of knowledge, perspective and insight just waiting to be mined from their pages. It’s a genre that most people have to be in the mood for (me included). Rarely about the lovely soft moments of life, a lot of the most memorable nonfiction has a tendency to hit hard with just the right drizzle of awe to inspire humanity to get their acts together. So it makes sense that they pile up on TBR shelves waiting for their moment to shine.

That said, we’ll always be in a time where knowledge and information is the most invaluable tool to our futures. The world is shifting in so many ways that it can be daunting and down-right terrifying right now, but that doesn’t mean anything is hopeless.

I’m a strong believer in the power of words and their ability to impact change, so here are a few of my favourite nonfiction pieces that have left their mark on me:

10. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

First of it's kind and incredibly well written, In Cold Blood is a chilling glimpse into the psyche of a killer.



9. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

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*REVIEW* Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir
Published: September 24, 2019
My Rating: 5/5

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Goodreads Synopsis:
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral–viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.

Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways–there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.

Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.

                          My Thoughts

Let’s get real.

EVERYONE needs to read this.

I’m asking that you prioritize this one. It deserves to top lists. Whatever your gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs or race. Even if nonfiction isn’t your thing, even if you’re not ready to get into something a bit heavier, even if you’re not interested in the justice system or political correctness – Know My Name is well worth an exception to any excuses. This is a stunning and important read – a book that resonates for both good and bad. Continue reading *REVIEW* Know My Name by Chanel Miller