Since Victober went so well last month, I decided to participate in another event this month: Nonfiction November. This event is being hosted by abookolive, Curious Reader, The Book Bully, and Infinite Text over on YouTube. The goal is to read nonfiction during November.
I’ve heard about this event for at least two years now, but this is my first time participating. It just so happens that I have several nonfiction books I need to read this month, so I figured now is the perfect time! Below are the books on my TBR.
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
I have to read this and give a presentation on it for my graphic narrative course. The Best We Could Do is a graphic memoir is about Bui’s family immigrating from Vietnam during the war. The art style is gorgeous, and I’m really excited to read it!
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker
This is another read for my graphic narrative course. They Called Us Enemy is the story of George Takei’s childhood in the Japanese internment campus during World War II. I’m not a huge Star Trek person, but even I know Takei’s famous role as Sulu in the original series. So I think learning about his childhood will be interesting, though I expect also heartbreaking due to the circumstances.
The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City by Matthew Beaumont
I received an ARC of this from NetGalley and it’s being released on November 10th (so I need to hurry up with reading and reviewing it). I requested The Walker because I’ve now taken two graduate courses dealing with walking in the city. The first was called “Walking in the 19th-Century City,” which is fairly straightforward, and the second was on Gothic spaces in the Victorian era, which featured a whole unit on the Gothic city. I wanted to delve even further into a topic I’ve been learning about. Plus the description promises discussions of Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Edgar Allen Poe!
The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell
This is my “just for fun” book, and I may not have time to get to it. But I’m going to try! The Life of Charlotte Brontë is the first ever biography of the author, published just two years after her death and written by her good friend and fellow female author Elizabeth Gaskell. I kind of can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. To be fair, it’s not necessarily the best book to go to if you want accurate information about the Brontë family. Gaskell leaves things about and heavily misrepresents Patrick Brontë, Charlotte’s father. But it’s an important piece of Brontë history, and I do love Elizabeth Gaskell.