Hello, book lovers!
It is the end of the month and I have given you the YA Summer Booklist and the Fiction Summer Booklist. So, last, but not least, I give you the Nonfiction Summer Booklist. This month has been a little wild, getting back on track with work while also staying aware of the pandemic. I apologize for my lateness. With that said, here’s the list!
Author: John Lewis, Andrew Aydn, Nate Powell
A phenomenal telling through graphic novel form of black history. Following the life of Congressman John Lewis and his commitment to justice and nonviolence, his journey has been long and hard from segregation to beatings from state troopers to earning the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American President. More than ever, this is a trilogy everyone should read. I actually have this series and am planning ot read it sometime this year.
Author: Stephanie Danler
Honest and heartbreaking about coming home and reckoning with the past you left behind. Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter, comes to terms with her past in hopes of not repeating history and exploring the traits that we inherit as well as those we don’t have to. Impeccable and also devastating, this one will knock you around.
The Magical Language of Others
Author: E. J. Koh
An aching love story in letters, from mother to daughter. When a young Korean girl’s parent head back to South Korea for work, leaving her and her brother behind, she feels more alone than ever. Her mother writes letters begging for forgiveness and understanding, but it’s not understood until years later when they are found in a box. The deep bond of family and love are written in this novel.
The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder Murder in Appalachia
Author: Emma Copley Eisenberg
It’s 1980, Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero were killed in an isolated clearing in Pocahontas County West Virginia. For 13 years, nobody was prosecuted though there were suspicions that they were killed by local men. While local farmer, Jacob Beard is convicted eventually and sentenced to life in prison, it’s discovered that convicted serial killer and schizophrenic, Joseph Paul Franklin has confessed to the murders. The Rainbow murders became unsolved and fell into obscurity but Emma Copley Eisenberg has re-investigated them, showing how these murders have loomed over the ages, across Appalachia.
In the Dream House
Author: Carmen Maria Machado
For years Carmen Maria Machado struggled to talk about her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship, but in this book she tackled it with narrative tropes like classic horror themes that helped her to articulate and share it with others.
The Five: The Lives of Jack the Ripper’s Women
Author: Hallie Rubenhold
Five dark and horrifying stories. Definitely for those that thrive on the serial killers stories. Their names, Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary-Jane are all famous for the same thing. They all had lives and all were murdered in the same year: 1888, though the killer was never identified. However, the legend was created and he became more famous that these five women. His name? Jack the Ripper.
This infamous killer has shadowed who these women are but in this book the record is set straight and their lives are explored, showing that their greatest misfortune was being born a woman.
The Ones We Choose
Author: Julie Clark
The exploration of the ties that bind both genetic and emotional. The story follows a young boy desperate to find his place in the world and a mother coming to terms with her past. Questions of identity and finding the power to open up lead to secrets coming ot light that will change the lives of these two forever. Here comes a story that shows DNA isn’t the only thing that shapes us but the discoveries of who we are as well.
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s first autobiography showcases when she and her brother were sent to live with their devout grandmother. The two endure abandonment and prejudice, and Maya even suffers from an attack from a man many times her age, though later on in life she learns to find love within herself and see the kindness of others. Powerful, Maya Angelou tells her story for others to find power in.
If They Come In the Morning: Voice of Resistance
Author: Angela Y. Davis
The story of Angela Yvonne Davis in connection with the prisoner revolt by three black prisoner on Aug. 7, 1970. An analysis of black power and feminism and determination to break free of repression. Angela protests political and social wrong-doings, expressing the intent to promote change society and transform unjust laws. Ruchell MAgee, the only prisoner to survive the revolt contributes to this historical volume.
Out of Africa
Author: Isak Dinesen
A memoir on the years spent in Africa, from 1912 to 1931, on a plantation where Isak Dinesen shares her experiences.
More to come soon…
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