This is one of my favorite prompts and I’m so glad to see it come back. It has a ton of choice:
Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
This year I’m going to ask you guys for some help!
I love finding and reading books by authors from marginalized groups. This includes people of color, LGBTIA+ folx, those who practice a non-Christian religion, those with disabilities, and more. Most often these diverse authors are called to write about issues and experiences relating to their identity – a black person discussing racism, someone with a chronic disease examining the health care system, or an LGBTQIA+ person writing about marriage equality.
I want to be clear – this is awesome. We need the voices of those affected by all kinds of issues to write books about them. I’m totally here for it.
However, diverse people have been pigeonholed into this role.
That’s not cool. So I want to know – what are your favorite nonfiction books by diverse authors where the subject is not related to their identity? Here are a few to start us off:
The Checklist Manifesto (or anything else) by Atul Gawande
Medical nonfiction written by a man of color.
Columbine by Dave Cullen
A deep, riveting account of the Columbine shooting, written by a gay man.
The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri
An examination of book design by a woman of color.
I’d like to add to this list – give me your suggestions!