I'm always on the lookout for new nonfiction titles -- books that teach me something new and help me expand my world view. Here are some new releases that I'm excited about and have added to my ever-expanding list of books to read next. I hope you enjoy them, too!
Dear Ijeawele, or, A feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions / Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun wrote this book in response to a letter she received from a childhood friend asking her how to raise her baby daughter as a feminist. The book is Adichie's response, complete with fifteen suggestions on how to raise a girl child to become a strong, brilliant, powerful, and independent woman.
You don't have to say you love me : A Memoir / Sherman Alexie
Alexie is one of my favorite authors so I always look forward to new titles by him. In his latest book, a memoir about family, love, and loss, Alexie writes about his complex relationship with his mother.
Geek girl rising : inside the sisterhood shaking up tech / Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens
What's not to love about a book that busts stereotypes about women and technology? Journalists Cabot and Walravens chronicle the women in Silicon Valley and beyond who are creating their own start-ups and supporting each other along the way.
Publisher's Weekly describes Buzzfeed contributor Scaachi Koul's debut collection of essays as "simultaneously uproarious and affecting as she explores the nuances of life as a first generation Canadian with Indian parents from phobias, to guilt trips and grudges to the drama of interracial dating."
I've been waiting for this book to hit the shelves since I first read a review about it several months ago. During World War I, radium was used for everything from body lotion to tonic water. Factories offered young girls and women jobs painting clock faces with this newly discovered substance, which also caused their skin to glow. These employees were considered lucky to have such jobs at the time, but soon many of them fell ill from radiation poisoning. When the women accused the factory owners of corruption they were ignored, leading them to wage an epic battle for worker's rights.
Born both : an intersex life / Hida Viloria
Writer and intersex activist Hilda Viloria shares her experience of gender fluidity in this memoir. She writes about the range of nonbinary identities and what it means to live in the middle space that's both male and female.
All of these books are available at various OPL locations. Let us know what you think of them!