Eat & Run by Scott Jurek// After reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, I've been on the lookout for more inspirational running reads. Scott Jurek makes a lot of appearances in Born to Run and sounds downright godlike, so I've been really wanting to read his book. I'm also interested in reading about how he's an ultrarunning vegan.
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf// This summer is the summer of feminist reading (if you haven't noticed by my list...) I recently checked out The Beauty Myth from the library because I feel like it's one of those books that every feminist has to read. Looking forward to some new arguments and information about society's weird beauty ideals!
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks// A lot of 'top feminist reads' lists online listed this as an essential book for feminist reading. I've actually read a little bit of it so far and love the simple and effective writing style. She manages to concisely explain pretty complex arguments-- I'm taking notes on the wording for the next time I get into a debate about feminism with someone!
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks// Another feminist read! I've been wanting to read more about women in the Muslim world because I'm sick of struggling to explain myself when I confront Islamophobes and/or feminists who think that freeing women from the veil is any type of a solution. This book seeks to really analyze the women behind the veil and dismantle some really big stereotypes about women within Muslim culture. I've read a couple chapters and am really enjoying it so far-- as someone who comes from a Muslim background and lived in a Muslim country, her writing is really quite accurate (and interesting!)
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer// And of course I need to have some book related to food and farming, because that's my new thing or something. I've already gone a little overboard with the farm memoir genre, so I thought this would be a good read to offset that. I'm always trying to learn more about where my food comes from and I've heard a lot of good things about this book.
Why yes, I am on a huge non-fiction kick. Lately I've been really motivated to 'strengthen my argument' and learn more about certain topics. Whenever I read about topics such as feminism or food security I always think of it as researching for a debate. One of my professors always used to tell us that she was trying to educate us for a fancy cocktail party-- where lots of well-informed and educated people would be present. She wanted us to be able to defend our arguments and be well-rounded in our opinions and ideas of certain topics, which I always thought was interesting way to think of your knowledge/education. On the flip-side I also like to prepare myself for people who are uneducated/illiterate/completely unaware of certain topics so I can be a good source of information on a specific subject. Does anyone else do this?