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November 18, 2020

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#NonFicNov week 3 Be/Ask/Become the Expert

by N@ncy

Week 3: (Nov. 16 to 20) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Rennie of What’s Nonfiction): Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

 

  1. Something has to change in USA.
  2. Racism isn’t worse…it is just getting filmed!
  3. …George Floyd killing on 25.05.2020.
  4. I can only start to understand what has to change
  5. …by educating myself….by reading.
  6. I concentrated on books about race and racism in 2020.

 

My thoughts:

  1. I’ve made a decision about 2021.
  2. I want to read AS MANY books AS I CAN 
  3. by minority authors.
  4. Fiction, memoirs, poetry, non-fiction,
  5. ….(auto)biography, short stories essays, plays...
  6. I want to discover just  how white our reading world is.
  7. White authors reign in book reviews, bestseller lists, literary awards
  8. ….and Amazon.com recommendations.
  9. I was stunned when I read  that cultural commentator Roxane Gay discovered
  10. in a survey of New York Times articles published in 2011
  11. that nearly 90 percent of the reviewed books were authored by white writers. 
  12. People of all cultures and backgrounds have valuable experiences
  13. …and universal ideas to share.
  14. We all stand to gain when those voices are heard.
  15. So, if you have ANY  good reading suggestions by minority writers
  16. (African-American, African, Indonesian
  17. …Indian, Chinese, Hispanic, Native American, Aboriginal…etc)
  18. ...please leave the book title in a comment.
  19. …much appreciated!

 

Books read:

  1. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson (#MustRead)
  2. Just UsC. Rankine (#MustRead)   The BEST  book on this list!
  3. The Fire This Timeeditor Jesmyn Ward  (#MustRead)
  4. The New Jim CrowMichelle Alexander
  5. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
  6. Tears We Cannot Stop M. Dyson  (#MustRead)
  7. Democracy In BlackE.S. Glaude jr.
  8. My Vanishing CountryB. Sellers
  9. How to Be an Anti-Racist Ibram X. Kendi
  10. Brown is The New WhiteSteve Phillips
  11. HeavyKiese Laymon  (#MustRead….but I advise it as audio book)
  12. We Live for the WeD. McClain
  13. Caste – I. Wilkerson
  14. White Too Long Robert P. Jones  (eye-opener about white supremacy!)

 

TBR:   American reading list:

  1. A Promised LandBarak Obama
  2. The TraditionJericho Brown (poetry)
  3. Tough Love – Susan Rice
  4. The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison R. Ellison
  5. Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine
  6. A Fool’s Errand – Lonnie G. Bunch
  7. Girl, Woman, Other – B. Evaristo
  8. BelovedToni Morrison
  9. They Can’t Kill Us AllWesley Lowery
  10. Nobody Knows My Name James Baldwin
  11. Their Eyes Are WatchingZora N. Hurston
  12. I Wonder as I Wander – Langston Hughes
  13. Think Like A White Man – Nels Abbey
  14. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgen Lessons for Our Own – E.S. Glaude jr.
  15. I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya Angelou
  16. Homie – Danez Smith (poetry)

 

TBR  Australia Indigenous

  1. Archie Roach –  Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music
  2. Chris Sarra – Good Morning Mr. Sarra
  3. Stan Grant – Talking To My Country
  4. The White Girl – Tony Birch
  5. Claire Coleman –  Terra Nullis
  6. Rachel Hennessy – The Heart I Swallowed
  7. Shireen Morris – Radical Heart
  8. Tara June Winch – The Yield
  9. Witi Ihimaera – Mãori Boy
  10. Anita Heiss – Am I Black Enough?
  11. Larissa Behrendt – Finding Eliza
  12. Bruce Pascoe –  Dark Emu
  13. Nakkiah Lui – Kill the Messanger
  14. Miranda Tapsell – Top End Girl
  15. Selina Tusitala Marsh – Tightrope (poetry)


Obama’s 19 favorite books 2019

  1. I’m reading 9 of these books before deadline 01.01.2021
  2. ….9 by white authors.
  3. Per 01 January this exciting challenge begins!

 

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24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 18 2020

    Oh yes! So looking forward to your reading year and following it. There are a some great bloggers, bookTubers and bookstagrammers reading like that, it’s certainly become a lot easier to find this literature, though rarely via traditional media, especially by authors from beyond the US/UK.

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    • Nov 18 2020

      Thank you Claire for your comment….! You’ve read a few authors of color (African, Caribbean) …could you share a few of your favorites with me?

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      • Nov 18 2020

        Oh yes, many of my all time favourites are women writer’s from the Caribbean (French and English writing) and different parts of Africa, a continent virtually unexplored in it’s potential to contribute.
        I’ll work on my list today for you, but in the meantime if you don’t already follow them Brittle Paper is a wonderful way to keep up with contemporary African literature. They’re a wonderful resource.

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      • Nov 18 2020

        Thanks, so much Claire…I’ll have a look at Brittle Paper!

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      • Nov 24 2020

        This series running during November might also interest you: The Literature of Exile by Lesley Williams.

        https://glli-us.org/2020/11/01/exilelit-welcome-to-the-literature-of-exile/

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      • Nov 24 2020

        Thanks so much for the feedback, much appreciated! I will look at the link you sent me!

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  2. Nov 18 2020

    Looking forward to your reading year – a wonderful project!

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    • Nov 18 2020

      …I read about someone who committed to a year reading minority authors in The Guardian and was instantly attracted to the idea. Just a question…how will I manage #ReadingIreland2021? Are there any minority Irish voices to read?

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      • Nov 18 2020

        Yes! You could read Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri, This Hostel Life by Melatu Uche Okirie or Why The Moon Travels by Oein deBhairdun (a member of the Irish Traveller community)

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      • Nov 18 2020

        Absolutely wonderful!! What would I do without you? If you discover any more books….just mention it here in a comment, ok?

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      • Nov 18 2020

        Will do Nancy, I’ll have a think and see what I can come up with. Emma’s book is fab and her audiobook reading of it is also great.

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      • Nov 18 2020

        …thanks so much!

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  3. Nov 18 2020

    I love this idea and undertaking! And: 90% of NYT reviewed authors are white; wow. Speechless.

    I have a library hold in for Claudia Rankine’s Just Us, glad to know you recommend it so highly too. I really liked Margo Jefferson’s memoir Negroland — her use of form was really interesting in addition to her experience. Edqidge Danticat’s Krik Krak is one of my favorite books, it’s short stories, she’s Haitian. I have her memoir Brother, I’m Dying that I want to get to as well. I saw you asked in another comment for Caribbean authors, and I really liked Maryse Conde’s memoir/essays Of Morsels and Marvels, and she has another, Tales from the Heart, though I haven’t been able to get a copy of it yet. Her fiction is what she’s most known for her but I really liked her autobiographical writing.

    I’m so excited to see where this reading project takes you and get some ideas from you as well!!

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    • Nov 20 2020

      Reading many books I still have….many on Obama’s Favorite Books 2019 list. 9/19 of his selections are by white authors….so I have to get them done before 31 Dec 2020 !
      I have noted your suggestions…and hope to stay true to my challenge through out 2021!
      #LetsDoThis

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  4. Nov 19 2020

    What a great idea. I’m going to follow your blog now and watch with interest. I read quite a lot of minority authors on mine. I recommend The Good Immigrant UK and USA for different voices and different experiences all in one place.

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    • Nov 20 2020

      Thank you so much for your comment and book suggestion! I will look at The Good Immigrant on Amazon!

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  5. Thank you for taking this stand.

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    • Nov 20 2020

      This is an exciting challenge….there are SO MANY great books to read in the multicultural world…you just have to look! Thanks for you comment….

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  6. Nov 20 2020

    This sounds an exciting and rewarding project. I’ve been reading more geographically diverse for the past 5 years and have discovered some fantastic writers. Currently reading Girl With The Louding Voice by a Zimbabwean author – wonderful book of a young girl who wants to become a teacher but is subjected to an arranged marriage

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    • Nov 20 2020

      Thank you so much for you comment….and I will investigate the book you suggested on Amazon!

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  7. Nov 22 2020

    What a great goal! I’m particularly interested in reading more nonfiction books by minority authors that are not about being a minority. Obviously, reading about the experiences of other people is really valuable. I’d just also like to support authors in not being pigeonholed into only writing about who they are and I’d like to get the value of diverse perspectives on other topics. I’ll have to follow along with your reading project and see what you find 🙂

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    • Nov 22 2020

      Oh, I’ve found so many books already! I want to read Obama’s favorite books 2019 list in December …the authors who are not of color (9 books)….them the next 10. I am so thrilled Obama is an avid reader and I gives us his yearly list!

      Here are some non-fiction you might like from his list:

      Andre Iguodala’s “The Sixth Man.” (KINDLE now!) (Afrircan American (AA), USA)
      Lost Children Archive,” by Valeria Luiselli (Mexican, Hispanic)
      “The Yellow House,” by Sarah M. Broom (Menoir, Nat Book Award winner (AA)

      “Solitary,” by Albert Woodfox (AA)
      “Girl, Woman, Other,” by B.Evaristo (Booker Prize winner) (Race, Feminism UK-Nigeria)
      Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion,” by Jia Tolentino (Philippines heritage USA) essays

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  8. A worthy goal, you might like to look at The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke, White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad and Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui and Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

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    • Nov 25 2020

      Thanks so much for your suggestions!

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