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10 Books for the April 2018 #WotNReadingChallenge

2018 Word of the Nerd Reading Challenge

Join Us for the #WotNReadingChallenge!

Using the suggestions below, pick one nonfiction book!

Last month’s reading prompt asked you to choose a book about death. Now, we’re looking at nonfiction novels! I could argue that either this month’s or last month’s prompt are the easiest of the twelve prompts. There are an infinite amount of nonfiction books, and I have no doubt you’ll find a nonfiction book on any topic that interests you.

10 Books for the April 2018 Prompt

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Bechdel’s book about her father was a WotN pick last month. I thought it would be fun to include Are You My Mother?, her memoir about her mother. In this book, Bechdel looks at the relationship between her and her mother through the lens of psychoanalysis.

2. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Like Bechdel, Chast writes about her relationship with her parents in the graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Unlike Bechdel, she tackles the issue of being an only child as her parents age and become less able to care for themselves.

3. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

In her collection of essays, One Day We’ll All Be Dead, Koul writes about her life as the daughter of Indian immigrants. She discusses racism, rape culture, and other topics relevant to today’s world.

4. March: Book 1 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) co-wrote three graphic novels reflecting on his life, including when he was part of the Civil Rights Movement. March: Book 1 the first, when he talks about when he was a young boy growing up in Alabama.

5. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls tells the history of women who worked with the radioactive element radium at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s heart-rending and serves as a lesson in favor of ensuring corporations have to play by an enforced set of rules.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore6. What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

The subtitle for What If says it all. Munroe uses his degree in physics to make strange phenomena comprehendible to the allergic-to-math layperson (I should know).

7. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi writes about her life in the wake of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Persepolis is a classic graphic novel that you should absolutely read if you haven’t already.

8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot investigated the origin of HeLa cells, which came from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. HeLa cells were the first “immortal” cells grown in culture. Skloot discovered that Lacks family didn’t know about how Henrietta’s cells had been used to advance medicine, and thus hadn’t profited. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been adapted into an HBO film starring Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldberry as Henrietta Lacks.

9. The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon

Batman hasn’t always come off as grimdark. He has cycled from grimdark to comical to grimdark once again. NPR Contributor Glen Weldon writes about this history and how Batman’s perception is tied to nerd culture in The Caped Crusade.

10. Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies by Kevin Young

Bunk discusses the various ways that people have been hoaxed throughout history. In doing so, it becomes clear that hoaxes can echo, especially considering our current president.

Just a reminder, you can pick any nonfiction book you like for this challenge. Feel no obligation to stick to this list. The sky is the limit!

Which book are you planning to read this month for the #WotNReadingChallenge? Tell us in the comments or catch up with us on social media!


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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan is a 24 year old MLIS student who prefers to read over socializing and is passionate about diversity and accessibility.

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