I have always been a fiction buff. Give me a novel and I throw myself into it. I give it my heart, soul, time stops, dogs don’t get fed and clothes lie dirty on the floor until it is completed. Masterful works of art; books are. However, recently I have willed myself to venture into the real world and have found a little home with some nonfiction nougats. I sometimes wonder why I haven’t beat myself up with all of the challenges I put on myself but… here’s another one.
Pamela’s Personal Nonfiction Challenge
Read one nonfiction book each week.
Learn something about something that doesn’t have fairies or vampires.
Look at a map or globe and find the place or time the book is about.
Share with a friend something you have learned.
So friends, I am sharing with you. Don’t criticize me for finding my material in the junior section of the library. I told you I am just starting this journey.
I have two recommendations for you if you are starting this journey with me. These two books will enlighten any reader on the rights and wrongs of American citizens. Looking at how society bends the rules to exclude some and creates executive orders to intern others. Always knowing that we have flaws in our judicial system and hatred can run rampant in some parts of our great nation, both of these titles actually rocked me to my bones when looking at how we treat one another. The most important lesson we can and should learn about history is NOT to repeat it. Young adults and children may have some difficulty understanding the restraint of these brave souls. It is important for us to help them see that there was a time when silence was a way of keeping the oppressor at bay and inner strength was most important.
Searching for Sarah Rector: The richest black girl in America by Tonya Bolden
Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler
While Americans fought for freedom and democracy abroad, fear and suspicion towards Japanese Americans swept the country after Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Culling information from extensive, previously unpublished interviews and oral histories with Japanese American survivors of internment camps, Martin W. Sandler gives an in-depth account of their lives before, during their imprisonment, and after their release. Bringing readers inside life in the internment camps and explaining how a country that is built on the ideals of freedom for all could have such a dark mark on its history, this in-depth look at a troubling period of American history sheds light on the prejudices in today’s world and provides the historical context we need to prevent similar abuses of power.