Now, I don’t know about you, but about once a month I like to really throw myself into some non-fiction reading. I don’t really get the either/or standpoints on this, it just depends on my mood and interest at a given moment. Here’s 5 of the top of my tbr that reflect my current interests:
Extremely Loud by Juliette Volcler is a timely contribution which highlights the ways in which sound is can be deployed as a weapon. She not only presents us with a history of sonic warfare but also discusses current versions. Examples are probably known to most of you, not necessarily what is used in military operations but surely if you live in cities, how often subway stations and the like blast music to keep away the homeless or groups of teenagers, prevent them from finding refuge and hanging out respectively.
We can no longer get around the fact that our food supply and production has been hijacked by corporations. Marie-Monique Robin’s The World According to Monsanto takes a closer look at one of the largest corporations, Monsanto, presenting findings of a 3 year investigation. She discusses some of the most important issues from GMOs to greenwashing.
I’m also eagerly awaiting the publication of Anthony Ryan Hatch’s Blood Sugar. Hatch examines the intersection of biomedicine and race through the concept of metabolism. Presenting the metabolic syndrome as a from of colorblind scientific racism, this book seems to be another work that highlights the importance of sociological and cultural perspectives on medicine and science.
Black Women in Sequence by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley is dedicated to tracing the participation of Black women in comics. I’m always on the lookout for interesting comics beyond the normative and I think this will give me a overview and hopefully add to my tbr. Whaley includes interviews with artists and writers and did you know that “the Butterfly” was the first Black superheroine?
I have the biggest crush on Mia McKenzie and her blog Black Girl Dangerous! This book then combines her writings on race, class and queerness and demonstrates the intersectionality of oppressions and thoughts on activism. Her writing is amazing and super accessible, give it a try!
So this is it for my top non-fiction tbr, how about yours! Do you enjoy reading non-fiction? Would you be interested in reading more reviews about non-fiction and academic books? Let me know in the comments!