I used to make recommendation posts every Sunday at some point on this blog, but for some time, it hasn’t happened. Rest assured, some more are coming! I know I haven’t been very active on here lately, and I don’t have much of an excuse, but I’m not done with this blog quite yet, and here is a new selection of non fiction books I have been reading (more or less) recently, and would definitely recommend!
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This book is quite a must read in my opinion. It deals with what it’s like to be a person of colour in the United States, possible differences with other countries, and what it’s like to raise a kid when you want the best for them, though you know they are bound to face racism sooner or later in their lives. This book is an absolute beauty, and a must read in my opinion.
milk and honey and the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
I couldn’t make a blog post about non fiction without talking about at least one poetry book, and if I had to recommend one poetry book to everyone, it would be either milk and honey or the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur. The author’s poetry deals with abuse and how to get over it, what it’s like to be a a woman of colour in the United States, her love for her mother, and so much more. Both those books are absolutely stunning and I devoured them.
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
In my opinion, mental disorders are a topic that should be major in non fiction today (along with race issues obviously, and feminism, who am I kidding). People should be more open about those, because no one is alone in there. This is exactly what Lily Collins does in Unflitered: she opens up about her eating disorders and all the mental problems she may have encountered throughout her life. Though a major topic, her book remains light and easy to read. It’s postive and an eye-opener: we need more positive books about mental and eating disorders!
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
This is the oldest book on my list, and one I have recently read for one of my classes. It’s quite short and extremely well-written and I would say it also qualifies as a must-read. Frederick Douglass was born a slave and lived as one until he managed to run away, and ended up becoming an anti-slavery advocate. His testimony about his life as a slave is absolutely heartbreaking, but we should not forget about our history, and this is why I think this book is so important.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Another very important book, first about what it’s like to grow up as a person of colour in a mostly white country and even more so about what it’s like to get cancer when you are in your thirties and finishing redidency. This book is a punch in the feels, but it is also extremely beautifully written. It’s a book I would definitely recommend — if you have a box of tissues hanging around.
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Again and again, we need more books discussing mental illness. We need more of them in fiction, but also in non fiction. As a person sufferring from depression and anxiety, I am craving for more of those books. They make me feel like I am not alone. You are not alone. In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher talks about her bipolar disorder, and her addiction to alcohol, and proves once again that I have all the reasons in the world to admire her.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
And last but not least, this is my most recent read, the book I’m shoving in everyone’s face right now. Every occasion is a good one for me to talk about this book. It is so important. Obviously, it’s talking about racism and how it is sadly deeply rooted in our system, whether we live in the UK like Reni Eddo-Lodge, or anywhere else in the world. What I really liked about it was how instructive it was. It explains patiently the situation, and uses many (often horrific) examples. This book is a must read.
Before I end this article I wanted to share a few lines of Why I’m No Longer Talkinng To White People About Race because I believe they are deeply important:
“I’m no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms. I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their expreience. You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like a treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It’s like they can no longer hear us.”
And that’s it for today readers, thanks for reading my article, I hope you enjoyed it, and please feel free to recommend me more diverse non fiction in the comments!