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Bookly Recommends {The Patriot}

We know that We Should All Be Feminists is a fast read – that’s one of the reasons we were so excited to read it this month! But if the essay has you hungering for more non-fiction, here are some recommendations from us to read during the month of {The Patriot}:

Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer: One of the best non-fiction books you will ever read. Krakauer takes a deep look into the fascinating and disturbing world of Mormon fundamentalism.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: This is an American classic. It’s the true story of a series of cold-blooded murders in a sleepy farm town. Capote’s telling of the murders, the capture and prosecution of the murderers, and the aftermath of this horrific incident is chilling (read it with all the lights on).

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer: A deeply moving story of a young man who journeyed to the Alaskan wilderness, Into the Wild tells of the last days of Christopher McCandless. The story is simultaneously sad and frustrating, but nonetheless interesting.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: One of last year’s big hitters in the world of non-fiction, Unbroken is worth a read if you haven’t devoured it already. Louis Zamperini’s life during World War II reads like a fiction, and his story is a testament to what the human body and mind can endure.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan: While not his most famous food book, it is certainly an interesting look at how we eat and what it’s doing to us. It opens your eyes to the food industry and demonstrates how most of what we are eating is not, in fact, food.

NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Marryman: If you have children, plan to have children, work with children, know children, or are simply fascinated by those short little humans that wander the Earth, you should read this book. It’s solid research presented in a digestible way about dozens of different issues and aspects of child development. Our resident preschool teacher KH took extensive notes for next year’s crop of students.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: This is an amazing story that describes how one woman’s life, and her immortal biology, has been the reason for countless scientific advancements and cause for a tremendous ethical debate. It’s a fascinating story that you won’t believe you’ve never heard of.

Here are some other books that were on our {The Patriot} short list this month, take a look at what we almost read and see if there’s anything you’d like to try, leave your reviews in the comments.

  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer (can you tell we are Krakauer fans here at The Bookly Club?)
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  • Love Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
  • Fairyland by Alysia Abbott

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