Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats. Â We want to hear all about it this week! Â
When I think of nontraditional ways to enjoy nonfiction I think of
continuing the discussion in another format
About half of the audiobooks I listen to are nonfiction. Here are some of my favorites.
I recommend this one all the time. You need to get through the beginning section about the life of Thurgood Marshall. That’s interesting but what you really want to get into the story of this rape investigation in Florida in the 1940s. It is stranger and more horrifying than any fiction you’ve ever read.
Any book by Bill Bryson is going to be excellent but this one about a trip to Australia is laugh out loud funny. I like to listen to his books on audio because he narrates them so well.
There have been a few times when the husband and I both listen to the same audiobook. We have very different tastes so it is rare to find one that I think we would both like. This fit the bill.
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is just a good book. You should listen to it. You’ll learn a lot of science but be entertained chasing four bath animals around the world.
Continuing The Discussion
The Everyday Sexism project started as a website and morphed into a book. The discussion is continuing on Twitter at @everydaysexism.
This is about website/book combination. Check out Free Range Kids.
Author Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) on Twitter has a great feed with news about feminism in the Muslim community. She is also traveling so extensively around the world because of this book that I often worry that she isn’t getting enough sleep.
I listened to this audiobook about gauging the effectiveness of nonprofits. It is very good. There is also now a companion TV short series that shows many of the nonprofits that they discuss in the book.