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November 2, 2020

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#NonFicNov 2020 Week 1

by N@ncy

Week 1: (Nov 2 to Nov 06)

  1. Hosted by: Leann of Shelf Aware  (add linky here)
  2. Hashtag: #NonficNov

Hosts:

  1. Leann of Shelf Aware
  2. Julz of JulzReads
  3. Rennie of What’s Nonfiction
  4. Katie @ Doing Dewey

 

  • My TOP 10  non-fiction 2020:
  1. Unmaking of the Presidency – S. Hennessey, B. Wittes
  2. A Very Stable Genius – C. Leonnig, P. Rucker
  3. Donald Trump v. The United States – M. Schmidt
  4. Tears We Cannot Stop – M. Dyson
  5. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  6. White Too Long – Robert P. Jones
  7. The Fire This Time – editor Jesmyn Ward (essays)
  8. Just Us – C. Rankine
  9. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
  10. Heavy – Kiese Laymon

My daily reading companion….Mork.

 

 

  1. What was your favorite nonfiction read(s) of the year?
  2. My favorite book is not always the book I recommend to other readers.
  3. My choice is based on how it made me feel not what did I learn from it.
  4. I ask myself: was it …intellectually adventurous?  emotionally wise?
  5. This year I will choose a female writer  and a male writer.
  6. Each has their own perspective to share with the reader.
  7. Female: 
  8. Just Us – C. Rankine
  9. Male:
  10. Heavy – Kiese Laymon

   

 

 

 

  1. Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
  2. This year my reading was a result of the
  3. …sorry state of politics and race relations in USA.
  4. This  Election 2020 year….and Americans are voting for the soul of the nation.
  5. Another topic was #Covid19 pandemic.
  6. The misinformation and lack of national plan to combat the virus is THE
  7. most egregious political decision USA history (IMO).
  8. It has divided the country, politicized the mere wearing f of a mask
  9. …and was the cause of many preventable deaths.
  10. Perhaps a visual will help explain the seriousness of #COVID19.
    Trump keeps telling his rallies….“We’re rounding the curve…”
    For once I agree with him…but I call it Dead Man’s Curve.

 

  1. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
  2. A Very Stable Genius – C. Leonnig, P. Rucker
  3. Donald Trump v. The United States – M. Schmidt
  4. Both books are examples of  exemplary writing by
  5. journalists at The Washington Post (C. Leonnig, P. Rucker)
  6. jouraalist at The New York Times (M. Schmidt)
  7. I’ve read 10 books this year about D. J. Trump and his administration.
  8. These 2 books have a polish and
  9. in-depth analysis that makes them the winners!

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Nov 2 2020

    I couldn’t cope with reading whole books about the current American political situation. I get enough of it on the news, and in my weekly letters with my American friend (which I love because it’s a personal response from someone living right there, and who is a reader).

    I usually do Non-fiction November in a couple of posts, just picking some questions. I’ll probably do the same this year, but I do enjoy reading other people’s contributions. I’ve read some interesting nonfiction this year.

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    • Nov 2 2020

      Sue, thanks so much for your comment. I have been fascinated watching the USA political scene changed during Trump’s 4 years in office. My interest is baked in my DNA!
      Today it is election eve…and I have decided not to be disappointed about the outcome…just enjoy being an observer in my new country, The Netherlands. I am feeling
      … safe, sane and most importantly cared for in our social healthcare service which the USA is so lacking. I usually participate in week 1 and 4 on NonficNov…..and managed to read about 50 non-fiction books in 2020. Hope to see your non-fiction posts soon!

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      • Nov 2 2020

        We have too. I’ve lived in the USA twice, and have good friends there including one with whom I correspond weekly. We discuss the situation incessantly. Safe, sane and cared for – love it!

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  2. Wow your visual and statement about Deadman’s Curve – very powerful. And unfortunately too true and scary.

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    • Nov 3 2020

      Erin, today is so important….he American people have their future in their hands….voting ballot!
      I plan to stay up watching TV here in The Netherlands until I hear Florida.
      My only wish….make it a LANDSLIDE!

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  3. “Americans are voting for the soul of the nation.” So true. And terrifying. I never imagined I would move, but if they vote this man back into office, I’m not sure I can stay in this country.

    Thank you for sharing your favorite books. I’ve added some to my list of nonfiction TBRs.

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    • Nov 3 2020

      Whatever happens….USA will have to live with it.
      4 years ago they wanted a ‘reality star’ to shake things up
      …sometimes be afraid what you wish for!
      Thanks for you comment!

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  4. tracybham
    Nov 2 2020

    Very impressive list, Nancy. I have read about the 1918 Flu pandemic but don’t think I could handle political books.

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    • Nov 3 2020

      Tracy, after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconson I watched his sister speak to reporters. She spoke directly to the black community and said “…stand up educate yourself”.
      No cries of violence, no threats…just a simple message….read and educate yourself so you can make the right choices for the future of USA. I was so impressed by her speech…and decided to educate myself about the political situation in USA….and many enlightening books about African Americans memoirs, racial injustice and even a book about white supremacy (“White Too Long…was very good!). Thanks so much for you comment….on the link “monthly planning’ you can see all the books I read in 2020, plusminus 50-60 non-fiction!.

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  5. Reese Warner
    Nov 3 2020

    I couldn’t bear the Trump exposes–more power to you for keeping informed! The Jesmyn Ward essays & the Claudia Rankine are on my list of things to read.

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    • Nov 3 2020

      Stand up and educate yourself ( see my reply to Tracybham)…I started the year pre-covid, pre-racial unrest in USA with a few classic books….but when reality is slapping you in the face it is hard to escape into a fictional world. I read some great books highlighting African American writers and their wisdom…politics in USA is always on my mind. So, I hope after today (..perhaps this week)…after the election is over in USA we will know which direction the American people with go.
      books about black Americas

      Thanks for you comment!

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  6. Nov 3 2020

    You and Mr Books have stronger stomachs for the political stuff, and between both of you, I feel like I get enough info about what it happening and which books make the best reading. I have been asked several times this year, which of all the Trump books are the best, so now I know!

    One of Mr Books’ favourites has been the Nick Bryant one by the BBC journalist – https://www.penguin.com.au/books/when-america-stopped-being-great-9781760896232 – it might be one you like too Nancy.

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    • Nov 3 2020

      Thanks so much for Mr Brooks reading tip! I am always curious what he is reading about the political scene in USA …or Australia!
      Busy month…#AusReadingmonth #NovNov #NonficNov….I am so happy to be reading again and hope 2021 will look better and brighter than now.
      Thanks so much for you comment!

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  7. Nov 3 2020

    Lord I hope Trump is voted out today!!!! I live in a state (Arkansas) where women “just LOVE him” and I DO. NOT. UNDERSTAND IT.

    I added your two recommendations and Heavy to my Goodreads TBR.

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    • Nov 5 2020

      …hopefully we will hear if Biden can win Pennsylvania.
      Then it is game-over for Trump…..finally.
      Thanks for your visit and comment.

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  8. It’s only recently I’ve given more than a passing thought to politics, I’m not sure how much is because of my age, and how much is due to the desperate straits the world is in. I too was hoping for a Biden landslide and a quick resolution even though I have no say, and I understand your need to read to try and make sense of it.
    Thanks for sharing your nonfiction favourites, I look forward to reading your NonFicNov posts

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    • Nov 5 2020

      Politics….is so fascinating! Hopefully….we will hear today if Biden wins Pennsylvania. Then is it game over for Trump, finally!
      Thanks so much for your comment.

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  9. Nov 4 2020

    I actually hadn’t heard of the Schmidt book. Looks like one more to add to the list. I have so many of these on my list. Glad you have been able to remain calm and informed. I am so glad people like you exist. I get so much anxiety just thinking about it. I read Mary Trump’s book and that was about all I could handle.

    Have a great week and good luck this month.

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    • Nov 5 2020

      So glad you visited my blog….I see you read some very interesting books on YOUR blog. I will visit often and read some of your books in archive.
      I will add two of your favorites on my week 4 #NonficNov TBR. Which books? Stay tuned…!!

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  10. Nov 6 2020

    I’ve avoided all the books about Trump this year, but I have read a lot about race. I’m in the middle of The Fire This Time right now. And Just Mercy is a book everyone should read! Enjoy Nonfiction November.

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    • Nov 6 2020

      I’m too read many books about race this year.
      I discovered Claudia Rankine and Kiese Laymon in the book of essays The Fire This Time.
      Trump is soon to be history…leaving The White House so,Trump books won’t have the interest they had 6 MONTHS ago.
      I will stop by your blog and see your NF list.

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      • Nov 9 2020

        The Fire This Time is really good! I’m nearly done with it. I particularly liked the essay about walking and the one about know your rights murals. Such good news about the election!

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  11. Nov 6 2020

    I was going to say – look at all those US politics inspired books there. This sure has been the year and the past 4 years the unbearable ‘decade’. I’m so glad it’s almost ending though it’s going to be so hard for the next few months. I’ll be relieved to see that decent presidents will soon be a norm and not have to change the channel every time the President speaks.

    Thanks for all these recommendations – great choices!

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    • Nov 7 2020

      My reply and be just 2 words: I AGREE
      We have to put the last 4 years behind us and look forward.
      More than 74 million people feel the same (….voters for Biden now (07.11.2020)
      …but there are also 70 million people that want to remain in a Tump bubble.
      I will be watching for non-fiction books in 2021 that will be less political…I’m done with Trump!
      Thanks for your comment!

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  12. Nov 7 2020

    I have to admit, I’ve felt like I know as much as I want or need to know about who Trump is and haven’t been able to make myself read any bios. Hopefully it will all feel irrelevant soon 🙂

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    • Nov 7 2020

      Bio of Donald J. Trump is as interesting as watching paint dry! I read the ‘political’ books to gain an insight into what is going on in the Trump White House. It is incredible to realize Trump does not read…not even daily intelligence reports….and surrounds himself with sycophants and family who have NO experience in governance. It is just scary! Let’s hope the election will be decided in a few days….just count all the votes and do it securely/transparent. Thanks for you comment!

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