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January Genre Cat: Non-Fiction

Editado: Dic 12, 2020, 5:16am

Non-fiction! What a large and encompassing category; almost impossible to narrow down in a few short sentences. Loosely defined: anything that is not fiction! There are different categories in the non-fiction genre and I will post some ideas, but for the most part, I find that readers tend to gravitate to the same type of non-fiction, so have at it! I tried to give suggestions in categories that aren’t listed for the other months. I hope to get some BB’s from this category, as I’m a 90% fiction reader, myself. I asked my teacher friends for suggestions, and didn’t get many ideas! I’m sure to step on some toes, but I don’t mean to infringe upon upcoming genres.

These are all top selling non-fiction books from Amazon and on the New York Times list. I excluded children's books.

Please don't forget the wiki! https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/GenreCAT_2021

Dic 11, 2020, 9:29pm

I will most likely continue my read of Just Us: an American conversation by Claudia Rankine.

Dic 12, 2020, 5:46am

Dic 12, 2020, 8:52am

>4 Robertgreaves: Robert, those all look like very tempting choices!

I think I'll probably read Beyond Religion.

Dic 12, 2020, 10:02am

I'm going to include three books I'm planning to read for GeoKIT and the 75 group Non-Fiction Challenge in January, which also fit here - Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J Lee, and Toms River by Dan Fagin. I expect the Jar of Fate will probably give me another non-fic book at least on top of those three.

Dic 12, 2020, 10:04am

I'm going to see what's on my TBR stacks closer to January. Most of my non-fiction comes from the library.

For journalism, I can recommend Alan Rusbridger's Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now. He's just published a new book as well: News and How to Use It: What to Believe in a Fake News World.

>4 Robertgreaves: I have Kory Stamper on my TBR list as well!

Editado: Dic 12, 2020, 2:07pm

>7 Jackie_K: I really liked Hillbilly Elegy when I read it.

Editado: Dic 12, 2020, 12:04pm

I'm thinking I'll be reading a book that's been on my TBR for a while - Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications by Marlene Wagman-Geller.

Dic 12, 2020, 12:27pm

Dic 12, 2020, 12:45pm

Lots of choices here! I still have The Bad Food Bible on my TBR list, so that is a possibility.

Dic 12, 2020, 1:16pm

I am going to read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It's been on my radar and I tried to read it this past year, but life got in the way.

Dic 12, 2020, 2:04pm

I have a lot of choices on my TBR shelves...right now I'm gravitating toward The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs.

Dic 12, 2020, 4:20pm

I am planning on reading a nature biography with Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell.

Dic 12, 2020, 4:30pm

I'm hoping to read The Queens of Conquest which will do for this and History CAT, which is the Middle Ages.
AND is a book off the shelf.

Editado: Dic 12, 2020, 10:30pm

>15 DeltaQueen50: I loved that book so much. Hope you enjoy it.

I may try to read Man’s Search for Meaning byViktor Frankl.

Editado: Dic 13, 2020, 8:56am

>17 LittleTaiko: I was present for one of Frankl's lectures at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in the 1970's. His accent was very heavy and made it very difficult to understand him. Pair that with the fact that I did not know what existentialism was, I was lost!

Dic 13, 2020, 9:08am

>13 luvamystery65: Oh, I've got that one on my wishlist - it sounds so interesting!

Dic 13, 2020, 1:23pm

I already have one picked out for the HistoryCAT that will fit here. I read a decent amount of nonfiction, so there might be more that just happen to come up, anyway, but the one I know for sure, so far:

The Lady in Medieval England, 1000-1500 / Peter R. Coss

Dic 13, 2020, 2:04pm

>20 LibraryCin: Everyone is coming up with some great choices. I'm afraid my wish list is going to explode in January!

Dic 13, 2020, 2:52pm

>19 scaifea: I loved Being Mortal, but his writing and speaking about Quality and Safety in the medical setting is another level. I was so excited to have access to several of his talks when I was doing my BSN recently. I do hope I get to watch more now that I've started my MSN work.

Dic 13, 2020, 2:54pm

>22 luvamystery65: I loved Being Mortal, too. I really do need to get round to more of his stuff.

Dic 13, 2020, 3:39pm

>13 luvamystery65: I read The Checklist Manifesto in 2017 and loved it!

Dic 13, 2020, 8:24pm

In a crossover with the history group, I'll be re-reading a book that I read at least 15 years ago, In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made (by Norman F. Cantor). I honestly don't remember much of it so it will be like-new to me!

I have Bill Bryson's, Shakespeare: The World as Stage in my January 2021 stacks as well. :-)

Editado: Dic 19, 2020, 4:53am

I will read Wann hören wir auf, uns etwas vorzumachen? by Jonathan Franzen in January. It was published as "What If We Stopped Pretending?" in The New Yorker in 2019 and I am very interested in Franzen's views on the climate crisis, although I haven't read anything by him before. It is a short book, rather an essay, so I am quite sure I will be able to get to it. And I think the challenge will motivate me to really do so!

Dic 27, 2020, 5:59pm

I've been meaning to read Just Another Soldier by Jason Christopher Hartley for ages, and barely read any nonfiction in 2020, so this will be a good opportunity to finally get around to it.

Dic 28, 2020, 6:06pm

Since John le Carré died December 12, I've been re-reading some of his books. My library hold for The Pigeon Tunnel: stories from my life just arrived, so that's my choice for January.

Dic 28, 2020, 6:27pm

>28 VivienneR: That is really good - I listened to the audio narrated by le Carré, and he did a fabulous job.

I'm going to read Medieval People by Eileen Powers, and it will also work for the HistoryCAT and the AlphaKIT.

Dic 28, 2020, 7:50pm

>29 Crazymamie: I wish my library had the audiobook it would be great to hear it in le Carré's voice. I'm re-reading the print version. I gave it five stars on the first read.

Your choice is a CAT trick! Excellent!

Editado: Ene 2, 1:09pm

I completed Life in a Medieval Village by Frances Gies. An average read. I was hoping for more!

Dic 30, 2020, 7:35am

>29 Crazymamie: Oh, that's too bad - he is so wonderful with the narrative. He also does A Delicate Truth and Agent Running in the Field - I have not yet listened to those but maybe your library might have them so you could hear him.

Hooray for the CAT trick!! Um...what's a CAT trick?

Dic 30, 2020, 7:41am

>32 Crazymamie: it's one book that mamages to fit into multiple CAT challenges. A play on a hatrick, it's a CATtrick. >:-)

Dic 30, 2020, 7:48am

>33 Helenliz: Gotcha. Very clever, and look at me having one! *grin*

Dic 30, 2020, 7:59am

I have three I'd like to get to in January. The Address Book and They Were Her Property are both for an online book club. I also hope to read The Fighting Bunch with lindapanzo.

Dic 30, 2020, 10:53am

>35 cbl_tn: I will also be reading The Address Book for the same book club. I may read They Were Her Property, but I suspect it will not be read until it is due in February. I will also be reading some sort of medieval history or social history for HistoryCAT. I'm not sure which one yet. Life in a Medieval Village may be the one, even though Tess_W thought it mediocre. It's been on my list for a long while. I suspect a few others such as one or both of my Christmas cookbooks and Bible study books will also make an appearance on my Non-Fiction list.

Dic 30, 2020, 11:38am

>36 thornton37814: For medieval social history, try Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.

Dic 30, 2020, 11:54am

>37 cbl_tn: Thanks. I specifically want one with a British focus at the moment.

Dic 30, 2020, 4:55pm

Editado: Dic 30, 2020, 5:04pm

>39 cbl_tn: That one is on my wish list. I'll have to see about its availability. I did have a list of books available at our library, and I think at least one of those is on my desk to read during lunch in January. However, I'll probably read multiple books for the category. I've got three historical fiction reads selected as well. I might do one of those by audio, depending on how much commute time I'll have in January.

ETA: 6 week wait on TN Reads, but I downloaded it from Knox County.

Ene 2, 12:49pm

I have completed my read of Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. I loved this memoir!

Editado: Ene 2, 6:42pm

I'm currently reading two Non-Fiction titles:

1) In the Wake of the Plague (by Norman F. Cantor) - Medieval History book about The Black Death in 14th century England and;
2) Solutions and other Problems (by Allie Brosh - An illustrated autobiographical work about her social awkwardness

Ene 2, 6:13pm

Currently reading A Field Guide to the English Clergy by Fergus Butler-Gallie, a collection of brief character sketches of real people.

Ene 2, 6:23pm

I've completed The Barbizon by Paulina Bren. I received a prepublication copy from NetGalley and touchstones are not available yet so I can't add it to the Wiki. The Barbizon was a residential hotel for women in New York City built in 1927. This is a social history about about women who lived at the Barbizon beginning with the surge of women into the workforce after WWI and continuing into the 1980s.

Ene 3, 9:25am

COMPLETED A Field Guide to the English Clergy by Fergus Butler-Gallie

My review:
Brief character sketches of Anglican clergyman notable for various reasons.

Some I howled with laughter, some my jaw just dropped, and some I would like to know more about, and some all three!

Ene 3, 12:13pm

>45 Robertgreaves: that is definitely a BB for me!

Editado: Ene 3, 2:53pm

For someone who wasn't sure I was going to participate in this CAT I seem to find myself reading quite a bit of non-fiction this month. :)

Read The Red Rose Crew by Daniel J. Boyne - a wonderful account of the first women international crew team from the United States. It covers the creation of the team through their major breakthrough in the 1975 World Championships. This was right after Title IX had passed so there were lots of difficulties for them to overcome, especially from those groups who liked to pretend that women shouldn't receive any funding.

Next up is Pigeons by Andrew D. Blechman.

Ene 3, 3:23pm

Just finished The Address Book. I usually start the year off with a mystery or other fiction, but I needed to make sure I'd read this in time for next week's book club meeting (on Zoom). It's the type of writing you might read in Smithsonian Magazine, appealing to the reader's curiosity without demanding too much intellectual effort.

Ene 3, 6:20pm

I also finished The Address Book yesterday.

Ene 3, 8:25pm

Since John le Carré died in December I decided to re-read his memoir The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life that I gave 5 stars in 2017. His books have provided so much entertainment for me and I found reading about his life and personality in this excellent memoir just as pleasing, even on the second time around.

Ene 3, 10:07pm

The Lady in Medieval England, 1000-1500 / Peter Coss
2.5 stars

This is a nonfiction history of “ladies” in medieval England. Ladies - not just meaning women - but upper class nobility “ladies”. It covered things like inheritance, heraldry (coats of arms, usually from the father or husband, used in women’s seals), kidnapping (aka “ravishing”!), marriage, romance…

Too academic for my liking. There were some interesting nuggets, but also a lot of big words, long paragraphs, and quotes in Middle English. When I’m bored by a book, I don’t put it down, but I tend to skim. I definitely skimmed (or just skipped) anything in Middle English, and a bit more. Otherwise, bits and pieces caught my attention, but not enough to even say it was “ok” (in my rating system). The interesting bits gave it the .5 stars above not liking it, as a whole.

Ene 4, 1:15am

I've pulled out The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter for the January read of one of my book clubs. And I'd like to resume What's Your Pronoun? that I started last year and then set aside to pursue other reads.

Ene 5, 4:41am

COMPLETED Freud: A Very Short Introduction by Anthony Storr

My review:

After a brief account of Freud's early life the author traces significant developments in Freud's thinking over the rest of his life.

There were some points where I felt a bit lost in the technical terms but for the most part this was a reasonably accessible account of Freud's thinking with commentary throughout on how well the ideas had stood the test of time and further discoveries in anthropology as well as psychology. The author particularly stresses Freud's contribution to psychotherapeutic method over his theoretical ideas.

Ene 5, 6:35pm

>53 Robertgreaves: I love OUPs Very Short Introductions! I ought to have a category for those one of these years.

Ene 5, 6:54pm

>54 cbl_tn: I am working my way through the series. I don't suppose I will ever catch up

Ene 6, 10:27pm

Currently reading: You Could Look It Up by Jack Lynch

Ene 7, 4:26pm

I’m reading Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves From the Automobile by Taras Grescoe.

A travelogue for transit nerds, Grescoe travels the world to see how approaches to transit improve a city (Copenhagen with bikes, Bogata with rapid buses), or kill quality of life (Phoenix with car-fueled sprawl stands out).

Ene 7, 6:57pm

I finished The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Really liked this.

Started Fierce, Free and Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker for my book club January pick. I'm not that into it so far.

I'm also listening to Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell. It's short and very funny.

Editado: Ene 9, 6:06am

COMPLETED You Could Look It Up by Jack Lynch

My review:

A history of reference books and other materials from ancient Sumerian vocabulary lists down to Wikipedia highlighting some outstanding examples of different types in rough chronological order.

Lots of interesting information here, but, perhaps, like its subject matter best dipped into rather than read through.

Ene 9, 6:47am

Completed Queens of the Conquest, Alison Weir. A valliant attempt to tell the history of the English Queens after the Norman Conquest. Unfortunately, it gets rather bogged down in the first civil war.

Ene 9, 2:48pm

I've read The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony about a game preserve in Africa.

Ene 9, 5:43pm

Ene 9, 7:15pm

I read On Risk, by Mark Kingwell, a small essay-book that is part of Biblioasis's Field Notes series. I don't read a lot of essays, particularly ones that involve philosophy, so thought it would be a good one to count for this challenge :)

Ene 9, 10:56pm

>61 dudes22: I loved that one!

Ene 9, 11:42pm

I finished The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by activist Alicia Garza, which is a memoir and reflection on her experience co-founding the Black Lives Matter movement, and her explanation of what makes a movement and what actions cause real social change. If you've been following Black Lives Matter closely, I'm not sure you'll get much out of it. But if you've been following and interested in BLM but, say, don't recognize Alicia Garza's name, it might be worth your time.

Editado: Ene 19, 2:08am

I finished the first (of two) of my non-fiction selections, In the Wake of the Plague (by Norman F. Cantor) last night - This is a look at the Black Death as it swept through Europe, more specifically as it hit England in the fourteenth century and again in the seventeenth century. The author's "accessible" language sometimes veers into being a bit cavalier (e.g. casually calling King John a "manic-depressive") but it was very interesting and relevant especially in context of the coronavirus pandemic. One thing that struck me as ironic is that in the book, Cantor repeatedly asserts that the lack of scientific method in the 14th century was a hindrance to successfully fighting off the pandemic then and, in future waves (there were three waves of The Black Death in the 1300s):

Essentially it had only nonbiomedical responses to devastation of a breakdown in societal health-- pray very hard, quarantine the sick, run away , or find a scapegoat to blame for the terror.

The "it" in the quote refers to Medieval Europe, "run away" to escaping to the countryside and; "a scapegoat to blame for the terror" to the Jews (accused of poisoning the water reservoirs and wells). Substituting the Jews for the Chinese in the current pandemic, makes you realize, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!

I'm still in the middle of Solutions and Other Problems (by Allie Brosh) which I'm not liking as much as Hyperbole and a Half. Despite the bright colors and stories about dogs, the author has physical and mental issues that darken the tenor of the comic-essays. I'm digesting these one story a day and expect to wrap up during the last week of January.

Ene 11, 5:58am

I have finished Krieger und Bauern about the economic development of medieval Europe from 800 to 1200, which shows its ages (written in 1969).

Ene 11, 5:14pm

I completed two nonfiction books this month:
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art which was a quick and interesting read but perhaps a little short on the well-documented aspect.
Letters From Cats which was a cute, comfort read.

Ene 11, 7:22pm

I finished Zoo Nebraska.

Ene 13, 4:59pm

Generally, I don't read nonfiction very much - 1 or 2 books in a year at most. However, this month's HistoryCAT has inspired me to reread Thomas Costain's first volume of his 4 volume history of the Plantagenet kings of England - The Conquering Family.

Ene 13, 9:13pm

>70 leslie.98: I'm reading that one at the moment and loving it so far.

Ene 14, 2:49pm

>71 thornton37814: I read the whole set back in the 1980s and retain a strong sense of how great they were even though many of the details of the books are now lost. I am really looking forward to my reread!

Ene 15, 7:14pm

Ene 17, 9:07pm

I finished The Conquering Family - a history of the first 3 Plantagenet kings of England: Henry II, Richard I & John, the so-called Angevin kings. Marvelous! 5*

Ene 18, 6:19am

I have finished another non-fiction history book, Die Ritter, which looks at knights from 800 to roughly 1500, mostly in Germany, France and England. Very instructive!

Ene 18, 3:24pm

I'm counting Beyond Religion for my nonfiction book this month. You can find my review here.

Ene 18, 11:40pm

I've read and examined the photographs in 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time by Time Magazine. This could be broadly considered a history of photography although it is not arranged chronologically; important photographs from around 1826 through the current day are shown with an explanation of why each is significant. The book is divided into three parts -- Icons, Evidence, and Innovation -- with brief introductions to each part in addition to an introductory essay, Defining Influence, and an Afterword. Some of the photographs are important for beginning a new type of photography; the science behind their invention is described. Many are widely known photographs for being widely circulated such as the Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange, the Black Power Solute during the 1968 Olympics, the Kent State shooting, and people running after a napalm bombing including a young girl whose clothes had been burned off.

Editado: Ene 19, 2:07am

I finished reading Solutions and Other Problems (by Allie Brosh) I loved her first effort, Hyperbole and a Half with "Simple Dog". This one though... Despite one reference to "Simple Dog" and the bright colors, there is no denying that there is something very wrong with the creator, both mentally and physically. I giggled a couple of times, but I spent most of the time feeling a bit disturbed at what she was revealing via her art and text. It was sort of like spending time with a suicidal friend. This one is filed under "Social Interaction" in the Melvin Decimal System-- though I would also count it as an autobiography.

Ene 22, 1:30pm

Finished Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq by Jason Christopher Hartley. This was a worthwhile, interesting read for me--something like a snapshot in time, and well-written. Full review posted.

Ene 23, 10:42pm

I finished The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede, an account of how the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland took in passengers stranded after the US closed its airspace on 9/11. It was a terrific heart-warming read.

Ene 24, 12:24am

>81 mathgirl40: read that last year and just loved it!

Ene 24, 7:49am

Another non-fiction history book finished: The Byzantine Economy which I found well-written and well-organised, given that it covers nearly a millenium in 250 pages.

Ene 24, 10:35pm

Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine / Olivia Campbell
4.25 stars

This is mainly a biography of three of the first women doctors in the mid- to late-19th century, but also a history of the fight for the right of women to become doctors. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the US to earn an MD, in the mid-1800s. It took a while longer, but Lizzie Garret was the first in England. Sophia Jax-Blake was not immediately next in the UK, but she worked hard fighting for the right of women to be able to earn that designation; she did get her MD later s well, but she also helped start up two women’s medical schools – in London and Edinburgh.

Every step of the way took months and years of hard work for these women to be able to earn that MD. With the stereotypes and fears of male doctors, professors, and medical students pushing back with excuses to deny them this. Before the women’s schools were set up, these women had to take classes (many privately, and at a much higher cost), as well as find a placement for clinical practice to gain that experience; very very difficult to do when most hospitals continually turned them down. There were some male doctors (and professors) who were sympathetic and did help out as much as they could.

I’ve left out so much of the struggles! This book is nonfiction, but it reads like fiction. Very readable. Oh, the frustration, though, at the male students, doctors, and professors! They call the women “delicate” and such, but as far as I can tell, the men were the “delicate” ones with their temper tantrums (the phrase entered my head even before she used it in the book!), not able to handle that there are women just as smart and can do the job just as well as they (possibly) could (although I do wonder about some of those men!). And these men were supposed to be trusted to tend to women’s health issues!? Ugh! (Many women at the time avoided, if possible, seeing male doctors for their ailments.) Many of the women students had better grades than the men, but of course, were never really acknowledged for it.

Ene 24, 11:00pm

>84 LibraryCin: Nice review! I always roll my eyes when I hear that "too delicate" excuse - as if what the female nurses (or even women tending the ill at home) had to do wasn't just as, if not more, disgusting as what the M.D.'s did. It continually struck me that it was partly a class struggle as well - somehow the nurses and servants were more 'lower class' and therefore less delicate in the eyes of the men in power; one more way to prevent women with money or influence from having any say.

Have you ever seen the TV series "Bramwell" from the mid 1990s? It is a fact-based historical fiction drama about a woman in the late 1800s whose father was a doctor & had trained her trying to establish herself as a practicing doctor.

Editado: Ene 25, 11:50am

>85 leslie.98: Just as an aside from a different profession: when I started my career in teaching science in 1975, a parent of one of my students remarked, "Oh, I didn't know they let women teach science." When I interviewed for school admin jobs in 1995, I was told in one interview that I would have to make the coffee for the men in the admin office, and there was no female restroom in the office suite either. These are true stories, "honor bright."

Ene 25, 12:41pm

>86 LadyoftheLodge: And men wonder why women still talk about feminism! I am a bit shocked by your experiences as I had 2 different female science teachers, both well respected, during the 1970s. But that in 1995 people would think it acceptable to act that way towards someone applying to be a secretary, much less an administrator, is upsetting. Hope you told them 'no thanks'!

Ene 25, 12:49pm

>86 LadyoftheLodge: one of my favorite teachers in high school was Mrs. Wheeler, who taught biology. That was in 1975, and she was middle-aged, she'd been doing it for years.

But back in 7th grade I was not allowed to take "shop" because "girls take Home Ec, boys take Shop". It was very frustrating to not be allowed to take a course based upon my sex, plus I knew more about Home Ec at age 12 than my teacher did.

We have come far.

Editado: Ene 25, 2:51pm

>88 fuzzi: Yes, "we have come far", but there is still a way to go! My specialty in history was WWII and I was the only female in my cohort (of 20+) I was often excluded and sometimes the males talked down to me because evidently they thought my female brain could not understand trench warfare or ICBM's or such. That did take place in the 1980's.

Ene 25, 5:00pm

>88 fuzzi: My parents helped me avoid that quandry by putting me in Band, which was the 3rd alternative to Home Ec & Shop in our school system (and the only one at that time which was pretty blind to the student's sex).

Editado: Ene 25, 5:08pm

>85 leslie.98: Thank you. The book did mention class, too - working class women deal just fine with work outside the home, etc (they have no choice), so it's not like upper class women couldn't handle it! (In fact, given that those early "pioneer" women who became doctors had to pay more than men, in most cases - via the extra cost to the classes they took - it was upper class women who became doctors.)

No, I've not even heard of "Bramwell". Sounds interesting, though! Might have to see if Netflix has it... or my library. Thanks! ETA: The library has only "series 4" (presumably that's season 4), but not the first three. :-(

Ene 25, 5:06pm

Ene 26, 9:18pm

>86 LadyoftheLodge: In the 1980s, my high school physics teacher was a woman, though biology and chemistry were men.

Ene 26, 9:40pm

I finished The Plague and I, a humorous memoir about the author's 9 months in a Seattle sanatorium in the 1930s. Maybe the author's sense of humor contributed to her recovery from tuberculosis.

Ene 27, 4:32pm

I read the Penguin Little Black Penguins edition of The Constitution of the United States for this CAT. Originally I had intended to read a book on the climate crisis, but with all that was and is happening this month, I just didn't feel up to it. So after the inauguration I thought this was the perfect moment to read the Constitution.

Editado: Ene 27, 4:44pm

>87 leslie.98: Actually, they just wanted to ask me/pick my brain about some of my ideas that they liked and wanted to use/steal! I had no intention of accepting the job anyway, even if they offered.

>93 justchris: My high school biology and chemistry teachers were both women. The girls idolized our biology teacher because she had a biology club (for the girls, no boys) and we got to do extra experiments and projects. She is one of the reasons I became a science teacher.

Editado: Ene 27, 9:55pm

For my second book in this challenge I read Let the People Pick the President: the Case for Abolishing the Electoral College by Jesse Wegman. I was not planning to read a book about politics so soon, but I'm really in favor of abolishing the electoral college and have the president elected by popular vote (one person, one vote.). I did wait until after the inauguration before reading this book.

(I know that we are not supposed to discuss politics in LibraryThing, but that's what some books are about.)

Ene 29, 7:06pm

>96 LadyoftheLodge: I loved my high school biology teacher for both Biology I and Biology II. She was very good, and we all loved her. Our chemistry teacher was a male, and he didn't know how to teach. I learned more the one day the principal came in and substituted than the rest of the year. (The principal had been my brother's chemistry teacher.)

Ene 31, 4:38pm

This month I re-read Evicted. I found it a much emotionally harder read this time. I think the topic of eviction is so front and center now due to the pandemic. The first time I read it through the eyes of sociology, but this time my eyes could only see the tragedy.
I am reading several other non-fiction books right now, but my reading life doesn't fall neatly into specific months. I'll be posting those books upon completion in other categories. I could do year long non-fiction. I always have one NF and one F book going at a time.

Appreciate all the recommendations in this forum.

Ene 31, 6:20pm

This afternoon, I found a short (46 pages) about The Black Plague on my e-reader meant to act as a catalyst for further study and, as such, did the trick! It lead me to a couple of essays about the Plague in France and from there, to an online article about Flemish textile makers... Anyway, the title is The Black Death: A History From Beginning to End (Pandemic History Book 1; by Hourly History). My only quibble was that the image rights were apparently not extended so I could not see the one specific figure they referred to and; there wasn't enough information provided for me to track it down online. But it really wasn't hard to imagine what they were taking about, so relatively moot. There also was one typo ("except" instead of "expect") but overall, it is well-edited, clear and, concise.

Ene 31, 9:42pm

>84 LibraryCin: Sounds like an excellent book!

>86 LadyoftheLodge: >87 leslie.98: I can confirm that things were not all that good in 1995. In 1996, on my very first day as a faculty member at a Canadian university, a male colleague asked where my 20-month old daughter was. I said that she was at a nearby daycare centre. His reply to me was, "Isn't she too young to be at a daycare? Shouldn't you be at home with her instead of here?" I left that job after 4 years and have been with a very family-friendly and progressive company since.

I started reading Being Chinese in Canada by William Ging Wee Dere, but haven't gotten very far yet. Fortunately, it works for February's GenreCAT too.

Ene 31, 9:46pm

I finished Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge. Graphic biography in verse, and I gave it the full 5 stars. Review is on my thread.

Feb 1, 3:10am

Adding one last book to this month's list: Einladung ins Mittelalter, a collection of essays from a historian about the Middle Ages.

Feb 1, 7:27am

I also listened to Driven to Distraction by Ed Hallowell.

Editado: Feb 1, 12:30pm

>86 LadyoftheLodge: Here's an example of that foolishness from the opposite side. It was about 1996 when the man I worked for and his wife had their first child. He was our plant's highest ranking manager and she was a teacher. When the baby went for his first checkup with the doctor they both went. Later I heard one of the men say "What's wrong with her, can't she do her job?"

Feb 1, 3:32pm

>105 clue: That is a new angle on the topic. Thanks for sharing this one.

Feb 1, 5:02pm

>105 clue: Wow! :-(

Feb 2, 3:42am

I finished another nonfiction book on Sunday: On A Rising Tide by Charlie Phillips, a book about the dolphins of the Moray Firth in Scotland and the author's experiences photographing them.

Feb 4, 12:48pm

I read Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile, a cross between a travelogue around the world and a city planning book.