Books I want more people to read: nonfiction

Hi friends, happy Monday! Today, I’m going to be talking about some nonfiction books I want more people to read! These are not necessarily my favourite nonfiction books (though a couple are), but they’re some books that I think are (1) underrated and/or (2) discuss important topics.

So, let’s talk about some books!

I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom: Thom is a Vietnamese-Canadian trans woman, and this book is about trans activism and online activism in general. Though it was not my favourite, and I had a few issues with it, it has really stuck with me and in retrospect, I think it’s better than I initially rated it. Thom discusses some really important aspects of online activism, and also discusses some difficult topics for trans people. It was really great, and I think it’s something that a lot of people, particularly younger people, would benefit from reading.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott: this is one of my all-time favourite essay collections, and I really just want more people to read it. Elliott is an Indigenous woman and covers a ton of important and interesting topics, everything from food insecurity to her mother’s religion to photography as a tool for colonialism. All the essays are fantastically written, and I really want everyone to read it.

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib: this is a memoir by a queer Canadian Muslim woman, and it’s really interesting. Habib talks a ton about her faith and queerness and how they interact and influence one another, as well as how it’s affected her relationship with her family. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis: this book discusses demilitarization, Black Lives Matter, and the fight for freedom in Palestine. I cannot recommend it enough. Davis manages to explain things in such a clear, concise way, and this book really opened my eyes to a lot about the conflict in Palestine.

From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle: Thistle is a Métis man who was a homeless drug addict and is now a researcher and professor. I listened to the audiobook recently, which he narrates, and cannot recommend it enough. It was really interesting seeing his struggles and how he overcame them. It also really highlights a lot of the issues and biases Canada still has towards Indigenous people.

Red River Girl by Joanna Jolly: this book discusses the investigation of the murder of Tina Fontaine, a young Indigenous woman. It discusses more broadly missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, which is something that is not nearly discussed enough. The investigation was also really interesting to read about, and, in my opinion, highlighted a lot of the issues with police investigations.

Haben by Haben Girma: this is the memoir of Haben Girma, a deafblind woman who attended Harvard Law School (what, like it’s hard?). Though I had issues with the writing, I still highly recommend this book. It was really interesting and eye-opening to read about the barriers faced by deafblind people, in everyday life and institutionally. Ableism is something that I think all able-bodied people, myself included, need to work on, and I think this book is a good place to start.

So, there are some books I want more people to read! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Are there any nonfiction books you want more people to read? Let me know!

Ally xx

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