Nonfiction November 2014: New To My TBR

So I’m still playing catch-up with #nonficnov posts because I had to be in 100% grad student mode for the last two weeks… but omg so many awesome books and diversity posts to peruse through! Here are some of the new books on my to-be-read list – I’d like to think that these books are more “diverse” than the ones I added last year in that I wouldn’t have even considered reading some of this year’s choices last year, and that’s one thing I love about Nonfiction November: this month-long book celebration always expands my horizons and tests my open-mindedness.


1. Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikötter. Jennifer at The Relentless Reader declared that this is a must-read book and that it “nearly broke [her] soul.”

2. Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs by Marisa Bowe, John Bowe, & Sabin Streeter. Bookmammal at Musings From A Bookmammal called this oral history a “great pick for reluctant readers in high school…” with “brief yet very engaging” sections.

3. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. This was on my to-read list for a new months, but I thought it worth a mention since so many people recommended it when I sent out a request for animal nonfiction books.

4. The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness by Mark Rowlands. Another animal book that I’m pretty excited about, since wolves are one of my favorite animals! This one is recommended by Savvy at Savvy Working Gal.

5. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook. Christina at Ardent Reader said that “…Estabrook is able to cover all the hidden aspects of industrial agriculture.” This looks like an interesting food book, even though I cringe every time I think about tomatoes… (it’s the slightly sour ones that get me every time!)

6. The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language by Kendall King & Alison Mackey. Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall states that this book “…offers a lot of encouragement and insight for all of us language learners.”

A big THANK YOU to Lu, Kim, Katie, and Becca for hosting Nonfiction November this month! November is my favorite month to book-blog because of all the wonderful new books and bloggers I find and meet, and the wrap-up posts that these ladies put up at the end of each week really helped me speed up the book/blogger-finding process. Can’t wait to read more non-fiction in 2015! (But first, still need to finish reading those Week 3 posts…)

What new non-fiction books have you added to your TBR list?

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