I love books.
Not only is my Nook full of ebooks waiting to be read, but so are my bookshelves. The list of books I want to read grows daily, and I don’t think I will ever EVER catch up.
Most of the time I lean towards fiction. What type of fiction depends on my mood. Sometimes I want fluff–something girly, fun and easy. Sometimes I want scary or thought provoking. But occasionally, I find a good Nonfiction I want to read.
Here are a few of my favorites:
You’ve probably heard of this book by now. It’s about Henrietta Lacks, known by the name HeLa, for the cells that were taken without her knowledge. The cells that changed history. HeLa cells were the first cells grown in culture and are still alive today. These cells were responsible for the Polio Vaccine, as well as so many advances in Cancer research. But here’s the most interesting and heartbreaking part– Henrietta’s family has no health insurance. The story of how these cells were taken, and how it affected her family is intertwined with the history of the HeLa cells and their impact on science. I hate science, but this book is totally not boring. It’s informative, heartbreaking, and reads like a fiction.
This book combines the story of the first World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 with the story of a serial killer who used the World’s Fair to lure his victims in. The story of the World’s Fair truly blew me away. Did you know the Ferris Wheel was created to beat out the Eiffel Tower? Did you know that Cracker Jacks debuted at the World’s Fair? I’ve been dying to go to Chicago since reading this story. It’s so informative, but written in a very captivating way.
This is a memoir by Jeannette Walls about her childhood. Raised by an alcoholic father and a mentally ill mother, she and her family lived a nomadic life, drifting from place to place, often with little or no money. For a time they were homeless, living in their car, and often resorted to eating margarine and sugar for lack of other food. Jeannette later traveled to New York, where she found success against all odds. It’s a courageous and inspiring story and I highly recommend it.
Here are a few Nonfiction that are on my To Read Soon List:
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (hey, I can get down with some Ben Franklin knowledge…I AM practically an inventor, after all)
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Makings of America’s First Superhero (my son is obsessed with magic and Harry Houdini)
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (as someone who still has difficulty coming to terms with what happened on 9/11, I’m really interested in learning more about the events leading up to that day)
If you haven’t read the books on this list, grab one or two of them and get yo’ learn on!! And I’m always looking for new books to read, so if you have any nonfiction favorites to add, let me know!!