If you've read any of my favourites and love (or hate) them, let me know! I'd love to talk about them with you!
I thought it made sense to do this chronologically, so that in this part I'll talk about my favourite nonfiction from pre and early blogging days and in the next part/s I'll talk about my favourite blogger recommended nonfiction.
The book that started this whole blog thing off was The Complete Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby; a collection of the book columns he wrote for The Believer. Another two of the recommendations on this list, Random Family and True Notebooks are a result of that book and I can't recommend it highly enough. He reads a prolific amount, as you can imagine, but also a really interesting array of stuff. At the time I first read it I was working with autistic kids and didn't realise that Hornby has an autistic son, but there were a few books that he recommended which I found to be really helpful. Honestly though, if you like books about books (who doesn't?) you should probably definitely read this immediately.
Along the same lines my next two favourites are both books I read after having watched the amazing film Freedom Writers. The book that the film is based on, The Freedom Writers Diary takes the diaries written by the kids in Erin Gruwell's English classes, all of whom were from underpriveliged backgrounds and expected to fail academically, and combines them in an incredible portrait of life in a gang, on the streets and in the L.A Projects, and highlights the issues created when people start to fight each other because of race or culture. Teach with Your Heart is Erin Gruwell's own memoir about the same time in her life, and is incredibly inspiring. She was from a totally different background than her students and the book shows how she inspired them, uplifted them and went so far beyond the call of duty that it's quite astounding.
As previously mentioned, there is a second part to this post which will be coming soon, but when I really started thinking about it there was just way too much good stuff to fit into one post without boring you all to tears! I am so loving this event, check out everybody's posts for week one of Nonfiction November here.