Diversity and Nonfiction: What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to a book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for? What kind of books besides different countries/cultures do you think of as books of diversity?
What immediately comes to mind when I think about diversity in nonfiction is all of the things Rebecca mentioned – the setting, the subject matter, the author’s experience. I tend to think of it as a reading experience that broadens one’s horizons and understanding of something (a country, a subject matter) that one may not have considered before or gained an appreciation for.
I thought that I would share some books I’ve read that I would consider to meet the diversity in nonfiction criteria. In looking through them, there are quite a few of the same themes. Women’s issues. AIDS. Food. Parenting. Special Needs. Politics. (I could probably do well to expand my horizons (there I go, practicing what I preach) on the fiction front, too, but that’s a different post.)
That said, a few “diverse nonfiction” books that might be worth adding to your TBR list, if you haven’t read them already (links take you to my reviews):