(Picture from Gemma @nonficbooks and Olive @abookolive)
One day I was perusing through my Youtube subscriptions and saw time to read upload a Challenge TBR for Non-fiction November, intrigued I checked it out. Turns out Gemma from Nonficbooks and Olive from abookolive are hosting a reading challenge throughout the month of November. The premise is simple. Read some non-fiction books in November, an amount more than what you’re accustomed to. Or you can complete some challenges. Those are pretty simple. All you have to do is read a non-fiction book on the topic of history, science/nature, culture/society and biography/memoir.
Looking at the books I need to read for class I decided to join in. Bonus, the books also complete the challenges.
Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin
Not in my backyard — that’s the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens.
— Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their place? Show Me a Hero explores the answer.
— An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas’s Common Ground.
— A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives.
This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World by Robert Hernan
Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose names live in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with these, the extraordinary and inspirational stories of the countless men and women who fought bravely to protect the communities and environments at risk.
Will you be participating in Non-Fiction November?
*pictures and synopsis of books are copied from Goodreads.com.