Welcome to the very first tag I have ever created. I realized this summer that while I read mostly fiction, I really enjoy many nonfiction books I've read lately. I tend to read a certain type--memoirs and "literary" nonfiction--that is closely related to the story-telling I love in fiction. Still, I don't see nonfiction getting as much blogger love. This is my attempt to address this.
If you are interested, consider yourself tagged. Let me know if you complete it, and feel free to borrow my graphic, which I made on Canva, because I'm super fancy like that.
A book well outside your base of knowledgeNatural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options by Greg Pahl
We went through a "maybe we'll build a home!" phase many years ago, and I read many, many books on architecture, green building, and design. This book stands out, not for the pretty pictures of the Not So Big House series, not for the quaint wisdom of A Pattern Language, but for delivering on its title in a manner both thorough and understandable to the lay person.
A book that you refer to oftenA cookbook would be the obvious choice (in my case, the marvelously titled How To Cook Everything, which nearly lives up to its name), but I'm going to push it a little further. Oregon Geographic Names is something I've consulted infrequently, but over a period of 30-some years. The first editions were researched and written by Lewis L. McArthur in the 1920s. His son, Lewis A. McArthur revised and re-released an update in 1974, and has continued to keep it updated since then. My dad was acquainted with Mr. McArthur, Jr, and my husband and I received an autographed copy for our wedding. In this book, one can read about the controversy surrounding the changing name of Naughty Lady Meadows, formerly Whorehouse Meadows, or how the neighborhood my daughter's school is named after is an amalgam of the original postmaster's two daughters' names. One can also read about the naming of Teardrop Pool on top of Oregon's second highest mountain, the South Sister. This is a big deal because the namers of this pool were three little girls who a couple of years later became my big sisters.
A book you were assigned to read and found fascinatingBeyond Culture by Edward T. Hall
I read this as part of my MAT program in 1996, when it was already twenty years old. Some of the notions are even more dated--or obvious--now, as is Hall's habit of writing "man" to mean "people." But I loved the way he looks at "small c culture" of time, space, and essential approaches to life as opposed to the "big C Culture" of art, food, music, and language.
A book that would start a great book club discussionThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
This book is both incredibly specific and humanely general. By detailing the miscommunication and disagreement between American doctors and a Hmong family regarding the treatment of a small child's epilepsy, Fadiman reveals much about twentieth century history, immigration, living in a mult cultural society, western medicine, and other topics that matter as much today as when the book was first published twenty years ago.
A book you could (or do) re-read annuallyThe Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
This book has freed me to be the teacher I want to be. Also, the reader, writer, and all-around book nerd I was born to be.