I’m not the type of person who reads non-fiction very often – unless it’s for my PhD research – but in 2020 I do want to read more non-fiction. It has taken me a while to find five non-fiction books that I actually want to read
Hood Feminism is due to be published in a couple of days (25th of February 2020) and I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on it. According to the summary, Kendall focuses on issues of race, social class, ableism, and transmisogyny. Although these are feminist issues, they’re often overlooked by white middle-class feminists and I’m looking forward to reading Kendall’s insights about how we can all be better feminists.
I love reading science non-fiction (and science fiction) and this was actually recommended to me by a friend. I’m usually sceptical about book recommendations from friends but this one has caught my eye. Sapiens: A Brief History looks at who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going as a species. It sounds like it should be an interesting, accessible look into our history as sapiens from the Stone Age to whatever age we’re in now.
I decided to include another book on feminism because I think the key to being a good feminist – or just a decent human being – is reading about other people’s opinions and experiences. I also really want to read this because Sara Ahmed gave a guest lecture at my university a couple of years ago and I couldn’t attend so this book will have to replace the experience of attending that lecture.
Witchcraft! I love reading about witchcraft and witches – mainly because a section of my PhD research is about early modern witchcraft – and The Penguin Book of Witches seems like a fascinating collection of real-life accounts of English and North American witchcraft. This book focuses on a very specific area of witchcraft studies and I would like to read a book which looks into European witchcraft and beyond but The Penguin Book of Witches looks like a good place to start (and perhaps it will help my research so that’s a plus).
First published in 1821, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an autobiographical account of Thomas De Quincey’s addiction to laudanum. I’ve always been fascinated by laudanum addition since some of England’s best writers, such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, used laudanum regularly. I’m very interested in Thomas De Quincey’s account of his own struggles with the drug.
Do you have any non-fiction recommendations? Let me know!
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