It’s already the last week in November, and although this month has been the slumpiest ever, I have really been enjoying following Nonfiction November. The final topic, hosted by Doing Dewey, is about books that are new to our TBR lists this month.
“New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!”
For descriptions of these books, I am quoting from the posts in which I learned about them!
Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond.
Recommended by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness. Here’s what she had to say:
“In this book, out just this fall from Melville House, football fan Steve Almond explains why he has given upon the sport after 40 years as a fan. In the book he looks at many of the negative aspects of football – tolerance for violence, greed and homophobia; the effect of money on teams and players; and the increasing scientific evidence that playing football can lead to long-term physical and mental problems for players. Fellow book blogger Florinda (The 3Rs Blog) read the book and recommended it to me, so it’s high on my list.”
My Husband Betty: Love, Sex, and Life with a Crossdresser by Helen Boyd.
Recommended by Monika at Lovely Bookshelf. Monika discusses this book along with Boyd’s other book, She’s Not the Man I Married:
“Helen Boyd is the wife of a transgender person, and I feel these two titles really need to be paired together. My Husband Betty is about being married to a crossdresser. She’s Not the Man I Married, published four years later, focuses on her spouse’s possible transition to living as a woman full-time, and how that would affect their relationship and other aspects of their life together. The books have been criticized for too narrowly portraying the trans community, but you know. . .they’re memoirs. They’re based on her own experiences, and she thoughtfully and deeply explores all of the emotions that spouses of trans people face.”
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and The Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl.
Recommended by Lu at Regular Rumination. She writes:
“I’m a little bit more than halfway through Unnatural Selection, which focuses on sex selection in Asian countries starting with the cause of the problem (hint: the US had a lot to do with it), current ramifications that we’re already seeing in many of these countries that have had a skewed sex ratio since the 70s, and what it will mean for Asia and the rest of the world going forward. What I love about Unnatural Selection is Hvistendahl’s determined approach to debunking the idea that sex selection is solely based on cultural preference for boys and for calling out organizations for not taking a stand on sex selection because it is a complicated situation tied up in abortion rights. It is a complicated situation, but one that is going to cause more disparity, more unrest, and more problems over the next 20-40 years. Hvistendahl has lived in China for many years and interviews many women and family’s for this book, making it a strong choice if you’re interested in learning more about a complicated problem affecting China, India and other Asian countries.”
The Road to Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam.
Recommended by Becca at Lost in Books. Pulled from the description on Goodreads:
“Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life–until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers–some as young as five and six–offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life.
Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.”
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
Recommended by Shannon at River City Reading. She writes:
“Stevenson’s new book follows him from a poor upbringing in Delaware, though uncertain years in college and into his early career as a lawyer, where he quickly discovers the country’s desperate need for real representation for the poor. In chapters that range from heartbreaking and infuriating to uplifting and hopeful, he details his time working with prisoners on death row and juveniles facing endless life sentences. Though he does spend time outlining serious flaws in our current judicial system, for the majority of the book Stevenson shifts the discussion from political to personal. Throughout Just Mercy, we meet people who are more than just a rap sheet, headline and sentence. From his first face-to-face meeting with a death row inmate, Stevenson learns that the people he works with have histories, personalities, feelings and hopes that are often clouded by their crimes.”
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado.
Recommended by Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm. She borrows the jacket copy:
“I’m not even going to try to summarize this one, I’m just going to give you the jacket copy: “We in America have certain fixed ideas of what it means to be poor. Poor people live in shelters. They are on welfare. They go to soup kitchens. To some, poor people are lazy. And even the most enlightened of liberals have wondered aloud, ‘Why do poor people make such bad choices?’ Linda Tirado, in her signature frank yet personable voice, takes these preconceived notions of what it’s like to be poor and smashes them to bits.””
What books were you excited to learn about this month?