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Nonfiction November: New to my TBR

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Well, November ends tomorrow! On Thursday I’ll post my November challenges, reading months, etc, final post. Today, though, here are some of the new or new-to-me nonfiction books recently added to my TBR.

Most of the royal or royal-related books are not yet out in the USA, so I won’t bother linking to books today. [I make no money off this blog–even if you click on a link, it is merely a convenience for you].

What nonfiction have you added to your TBR recently? Leave me a comment or a link to your own post.

Thanks again to the hosts of Nonfiction November for a great month!

Reading Challenges

Week 3: (November 14-18) – Stranger Than Fiction: This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that almost don’t seem real.

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This week’s topic isn’t one with which I have a lot of experience. I don’t read a lot of creepy, other-worldly nonfiction and that’s kind of how it strikes me. So, here is as close as I could come. I did not read them this year.

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I hated science in school. It bored me silly. But this book, tracing the origin of a cholera epidemic in long-ago London fascinated me. Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

 

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What is killing the honey bees? Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen.

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Why are some of us Autistic? In A Different Key: The Story of Autism by Caren Zucker was very interesting.

I did not read any of these this year. I hope these meet the criteria for this week!

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Book Reviews

NonFicNov Review: A Christmas Far From Home by Stanley Weintraub

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My Interest

Since moving here to Southern Ohio in 2008 I’ve met two Korean War veterans. One died during the Covid epidemic, the other, my next door neighbor, is still going strong at 90-something. Of course, I have a near life-long interest in U.S. history, too, so that figured into decided to read (well, listen to) this book.

Author Stanley Weintraub has made an industry for himself writing nonfiction stories set at Christmas during the various wars. Finally, I was a child of the 70’s. The movie M*A*S*H was one of the first “grown-up” movies I watched. I also read the book  (and a couple of the sequels) at a tender age. Then there was the t.v. show [see the bottom of this post] that ran about 100 times longer than the war itself. So, in memory of all those people who fought in Korea and were immortalized by the book, movie and tv show characters, I had to read or listen to this book.

The Story

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General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur, was an early believer in public relations–p.r. Much like Lord Mountbatten (“Uncle Dickie” on The Crown), he was a self-promoter who was often regarded as having over-reached. MacArthur had at least some of the traits of a narcissist. He ran away and deserted our troops, fleeing to safety in Australia with his much younger wife, their toddler son (and his nanny) when the Japanese over-ran the Philippines. For this he managed to earn the nation’s highest award for bravery: The Congressional Medal of Honor.

When the Korean “War” began, Arthur hadn’t lived in the USA for many years. He’d commanded the Philippine Army, then been away in Australia during World War II, then oversaw the occupation of Japan. His last big experience in the United States had been leading the Army, with the help of his assistant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, through Washington D.C. and to the camp of the “Bonus Marchers” or “Bonus Army”–the unemployed, homeless, desperate veterans of World War I marching on Washington to try to make Congress pay them their “bonus” for service in WWI several years early. It didn’t work. MacArthur and Ike led the tanks and troops in moving the marchers out of their encampment. (Where many of them were subsequently put on trains and sent to south Florida where they would die in a hurricane). He survived that black mark how? Public relations. He also had a notorious affair with a showgirl called Bubbles who called him, wait for it, “Daddy.” Yeah.

When the U.S. entered Korea Mac Arthur was in charge of the Command area that included Korea. He did not take the whole thing very seriously and insisted, as have so many commanders in so many wars, that our boys would be home for Christmas.

Only, they weren’t. And, many did not even have winter uniforms. [This mix-up of seasons and uniforms is a specialty of the U.S. Army. In the Spanish American War, a tropical war, they had heavy woolen uniforms]. This book tells what the men went trough from Thanksgiving until what we remember today as the Chosin Reservoir aka “The Frozen Chosin” was over. Thankfully, President Harry S. Truman, got tired of MacArthur’s grandiose insubordination and fired him. Who knows how long the war would have lasted with “Doug Out Doug” in charge (the name comes from hiding in a dugout).

My Thoughts

My next door neighbor was a young and bitterly cold U.S. Marine during this battle. It must not have affected him–he used to mow the equivalent of 3 acres with a push mower every week and raise 7 kids on a city cop’s salary. All but 1 went to and graduated from college. He’s still tough. It’s pretty obvious from this story that he wasn’t the only one.

Harry Truman was a remarkable president for standing up to an icon and winning. MacArthur should have been revealed of command when the Philippines fell. Instead he let another general take the surrender while he went on living his life with his family in Australia. His Congressional Medal of Honor should have gone to all of those who survived captivity under the Japanese. He is remembered well, however, for changing Japan to a more democratic form of government. Nonetheless, Truman kept a potential despot from running for president by firing him over Korea. We should be grateful.

My Verdict

3.5

A Christmas Far From Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Korean War by Stanley Weintraub

 

My Review of Another Book by This Author

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Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub

Book Reviews

Nonfiction November Review: The Women of Rothschild by Natalie Livingstone

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My Interest

The name “Rothschild” conjures up for me images of unimaginable wealth. Aristocratic families are a big interest of mine, so when I saw this on NetGalley I requested it and somehow got both a print and an audio copy. I listened to the audio.

The Story

Starting in the 18th century in “Jewish ghetto” and ending in the late 1990s, this biography purports to tell the real story of the women behind the Rothschild men. We are promised that the women were more than mere wives and mothers. What did these women do as the wives and daughters of one of the world’s best known Jewish families? That is what the biography sets out to tell us. The family is compared to a royal family because they all hate each other but close ranks and form a united front in public–I loved that, even if I couldn’t stop and write out the exact quote. (NetGalley’s reading app doesn’t have any features and I forgot and downloaded to it and not Kindle, so it wasn’t easy to find it).

In the early years the women were more involved with the family business, but as time went on they fell into the normal society lady type charitable works. There is nothing unusual about a great “lady” helping with encouragement and money to improve the education of poor children, nor is there really anything unusual about them working to improve health conditions. It was unusual for anyone to take up the cause of Jewish “women of the night,” but as others were doing it for non-Jewish women of that profession I don’t really see it as that unique.

Fast-forward to the 20th Century. While various men of the family involved themselves in the late 19th Century with the Prince of Wales “Marlborough House” set, there was little remarkable about that, either. They had pots and pots of money. The Prince often needed it. Sir Ernest Cassel (Grandfather of Edwina Mountbatten) was another Jewish financier in the Marlborough House set.

Finally, somewhere around World War II or just after we get to some slightly more interesting activities. A Rothchild woman contributed to a report hoping to de-criminalize h o _ – se-u _; ! ty. Good thing, since at least one of the men had such proclivities. Miriam became an expert on fleas and other parasites. She was finally even welcomed by “professionals” for her extensive knowledge. Veronica, aka “Nica’ gets the lion’s share of the coverage–or rather her famous male associates to. Thelonious Monk and Charlie “Bird” Parker. The hose she built for jazz sessions was called “The Cat House.” And, she observed first hand a Jim Crow-era beating in New Castle, Delaware (a Civil War border state) that Monk endured.

Finally, another end-of-the-book Rothschild,  discovers that motherhood isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Being rich and having discovered this, she got to write about it. Wow. I think Betty Friedan beat you to it, Sweetie, but …. Goodness knows it must be way harder to be a Mom with a ton of money in the 1990’s than in the stifling suburbia and low pay of the early 1950s!

Miriam, of flea fame, also did contribute in a very humanitarian way to the founding of Israel and the Zionist movement as led by the nation’s first President, Chaim Weizmann. That was very commendable and I would like to have heard more about that.

My Thoughts

I’m being a bit snarky for a reason. There is so much MORE material in here (as there often is in such biographies of pre-21th Century women) about the men. And the man with the most coverage wasn’t even a Rothschild! He was Theolnious Monk, a great jazz musician. I love his music, his talent, but I came to read about how different the Rothschild women were. Instead I found out they did exactly the same sort of charity work as most other titled ladies of the era until about the time of World War II. Helping decriminalize you-know-what is very noteworthy. Also, Miriam certainly deserves praise for sticking to her studies and taking her naturalist studies to the professional level. (I loved that she included her son in her research)/

This is not a bad biography. I learned a lot. The prose is well written. It just didn’t profile enough about the women that was “exceptional.” I also found it very weird that they married cousins and it was even possible for an uncle to marry a niece–though not the very bold uncle whose announcement of such a marriage was one of the stories in the book. Too weird for words. Liberty Rothschild, the hidden “Rosemary Kennedy” of the family, deserved more attention, but alas, the records about her treatment were mostly burnt. I also like the appearance at the very, very end of Lady Bird Johnson and her “beautification” schemes with wildflowers. That was wonderful. She gave the world a gift–nice to see someone outside America, and with influence, admiring her work.

My Verdict

3.5

The Women of Rothschild by Natalie Livingstone

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Nonfiction November: Book Pairings!

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This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title (or another nonfiction!). It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. Or pair a book with a podcast, film or documentary, TV show, etc. on the same topic or stories that pair together. (Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction)

This is my favorite part of Nonfiction November–book pairs!

My past pairings lists:

  1. 2019
  2. 2020
  3. 2021

This year I had some of these in a list I kept. Others are formed with books I read this year.

Last Summer on State Street is possibly my favorite book of 2022. I wish everyone would read it! It is the fictional story while, An American Summer: Love & Death in Chicago and the author’s earlier book, There Are No Children Here, are the nonfiction story of growing up in Chicago’s worst public housing projects–and after. Another good nonfiction piece is the documentary Hoop Dreams. While those focus more on boys, they are still a good counterpart to Toya Wolfe’s story of that Last Summer on State Street.

This is a pair I identified in 2019 and keep forgetting to use in the book pairings post!! Whether newly arrived via the immigration crisis, or long-settled, those of African-descent who consider themselves now European have interesting stories. Two such books are the novel. Travelers by Helon Habila (my review is linked) and Afropeans: Notes from Black Europe by Johnny Pitts (nonfiction and beautifully reviewed by Liz Dexter on her blog. I have not read Afropeans yet.

We Band of Angels is the nonfiction book in this trio. When We Had Wings and Angels of the Pacific are both new novels. All deal with the nurses taken prisoner in the Philippines early in World War II. I find it amazing that this happens so often today–two books on the same topic, often very similar, coming out at around the same time. I’ve taken to calling these “Book Twins.”

I’ve previously paired Hitler’s Forgotten Children with Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf. Another set of “Book Twins” hit the shelves this year–Cradles of the Reich and The School for German Brides. I’ve added the nonfiction group biography, Nazi Wives because the “twins” deal with a different aspect of the Lebensborn program, and some of that information is similar to a little of the discussion in Nazi Wives.

Are you doing Nonfiction November? Leave me a comment or a link to your post.

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Nonfiction November: Week 1 (Oct 31-Nov 4) – Your Year in Nonfiction:

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I’ve had a very good nonfiction reading year. Back before I got into blogging and started writing and trying to publish my novel, I read mostly nonfiction. But, my 13 years of an hour each way in the car to work 5 days a week meant I got through a lot of books on audio. Nonfiction wasn’t always available and, no matter what, anything gets boring with that much exposure. I’m a very eclectic reader, too. Just no sci fi or fantasy. The titles below, except for the royal books (except for the Duke of Kent’s boring memoir) I did not review. Like series books, I choose not to normally review royal books. Most are pretty vapid, but this year had some more serious ones. Still, I don’t want hate-bots on my tail for being honest, so I’m skipping reviewing books about a certain new monarch’s other daughter-in-law. Enough said.

My reviews are linked below the photo collage of book covers.

My Nonfiction Year to Date:

Full Tilt: From Ireland to India With a Bicycle

Churchill’s Band of Brothers 

River of the Gods

The Puma Years

Mary Churchill’s War

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? 

The Girl from Lamaha Street

A Royal Life 

Valor

Nobody Better

Sugar & Slate

After the Romanovs 

Bagels, Schmears and a nice piece of Fish

 

Are you doing Nonfiction November? Leave me a link to your post!

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Nonfiction November: Nonfiction–Fiction Pairings

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I couldn’t decide if these pairs had to have at least one book read this year or not! I’ve done a lot of this sort of post so I’m always eyeing potential pairings. This week’s host for Nonfiction November is Doing Dewey. Won’t you be nice and click and go see their post?

My Pairings

The nonfiction runs right along with the fictional story. A match made, not in heaven, but in the Wilderness of Southeastern Ohio.

The Pioneers  by David McCullough In addition to my linked review, you can get another take on this book from Girls in White Dresses.

The Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter. Here are my reviews:

The Trees and, here too is the review from my friend at Girls in White Dresses.

I reviewed the final two books, The Fields and The Town together. Girls in White Dresses hasn’t read those two yet!

Chanel books have recently become an industry (like Kennedy or Royal books)–especially novels. There are many more. The nonfiction book is Channel’s Riviera by Anne de Courcy (a must-read author for me). The novel of Chanel I read is Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner.

A somewhat awkward pairing since the fictional Passing occurs a few decades before the nonfiction Life on the Color Line and Passing is about a woman while Color Line is about a young boy living in my hometown a decade or two earlier than when I grew up-a boy who had always lived as white. Edna Ferber’s novel, Showboat, also discusses what it means to be “black” in America at that time (and still today, I suppose).

During both World Wars the British government took over (requisitioned) many of the great houses of the land for government use. They were staging areas, training grounds, hospitals, office space, and who-knows-what-else. The owners had littler or no say in the matter. Two fairly recent nonfiction books look at this practice. One, Requisitioned,  looks at damage done to the amazing houses was–often it was horrendous. The other, Our Uninvited Guests looks at the people who invaded. The two novels I’ve paired them with are Brideshead Revisited, which begins with Charles Ryder, now an Army officer, landing at Brideshead, which has been recquisitioned. He and his men are camped in the grounds. The other novel is a new one, The Last Garden in England, which includes the war years and what occured at that house as well.  Except for the last book, I own them but have not reviewed them. (I have read Brideshead but it was back in the 1970s in high school. I swooned over the Great, first, version PBS aired with Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. My love of Jeremy dates to that show).

 

I did not read either of these this year. Both deal with the “idyl” before World War I. The Perfect Summer by Juliet Nicolson (my review was lost on my old blog) and The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (scroll down in the post to read the review).

The Warmth of Other Suns has been on my TBR too long–I must make time for it. It is the story of the great migration of Black Americans from the South to the industrial centers of the north. The Salt Fields, an excellent novella, is about one man’s journey north during the migration.

 

Maiden Voyages is the nonfiction account of the women who worked on the great liners. I enjoyed this new book very much, though it has flaws. The Ocean Liner is the novel I chose not only takes us aboard a great liner, but gives us a fictitious story of the “forgotten” Kennedy daughter, Rosemary, who was given a labotomy and then hidden from view.

 

For More of My Fiction/NonFiction Pairings see these posts:

Fiction and Nonfiction About Classical Musicians

2020’s Nonfiction November Book Pairings post

2019’s Nonfiction November Book Pairings post

I enjoy pairing up books in this manner! Do you? Leave me a comment or a link to your own pairing(s) post(s).

Book Reviews

Review: The Three Graces of Val-Kill by Emily Herring Wilson & Arthurdale by Nancy Hoffman for Nonfiction November

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My Interest

While I’m not as liberal as Eleanor, I do admire her above almost all American women. I have read most everything on her and by her. The most interesting parts of her, to me, are her celebrated political partnership with the husband who both nearly destroyed her with his unfaithfulness and then set her free to live her own life. Her selflessness in nursing him through the early days of his polio is another example. She survived her #meetoo moments in her own home where her grandmother was forced to have multiple locks installed on Eleanor’s bedroom door to keep out the drunken out-of-control young uncles. She may have been groomed and used by her charismatic female headmistress–whom she adored all her life. That she carried her own suitcase, wrote the letters to G.I.’s mothers that she promised at their hospital bedsides, and that she grew as a person to leave behind the racism and antisemitism of her time and class make her worthy of my admiration. That she was a pretty awful mother (she bought one of those baby cages to hang outside a window for the baby to nap in) is evident in the 19 marriages between her four children. But, even in that she worked to improve and did improve. And, she became a truly beloved Grandmother. All while earning the title of great StatesWOMEN of our nation and the world.

The Story

This book purports to tell of one of the three great experiments in living Eleanor either helped to create or was a participant in (for the second see the second review; the third was her end-of-life living arrangement). In the late 1920s, while FDR was either on his houseboat in Florida or at Warm Springs, Eleanor and two friends (who were life partners or today would have married) set up housekeeping together in a cottage they had built, with FDR’s full approval, on his “Hyde Park” [really Springwood] Estate. They all slept in a dormitory-style bedroom, had their linens monogrammed with their joint initials, and fell happily into a sort of community home life that they enjoyed.

Nan Cook and Marion Dickerman became part of the Roosevelt family in many ways. Nan built the famous Vall-Kill furniture at a small woodshop near the cottage. Marion and Eleanor would buy and jointly run the Todhunter School for Girls in New York. The ladies accompanied Eleanor and her two youngest sons, Franklin, Jr. [the second son to bear that name–the first one having died in infancy] and John on camping trips, up to Campobello, and on a trip to Europe which FDR’s mother ruined by insisting that Eleanor and the boys have a chauffeur since Eleanor was First Lady of New York state.

But Eleanor kept evolving. She kept moving. She was still Franklin’s official wife, even if his secretary became his emotional wife. She was also still mother to five children who, for much of this time, were basically abandoned by FDR. She was a leading spokeswoman for Democratic Women in New York state. Nan and Marion were also involved in politics, but so too were Caroline O’Day and her partner and Elinor Morgantheau whose husband would serve FDR as Treasury Secretary.

In the White House, Eleanor had little time for the friends back in the little cottage. She famously took up with Lorena Hickok, “Hick,” whose career as one of the nation’s top female reporters was destroyed by Hick’s becoming too emotionally attached to Eleanor to keep the objectivity needed in those days to be a reporter.

The end had to come and it did. In a bad way. Eleanor could be like that. No spoilers.

My Thoughts

At times the writing of this book was very odd. Here are just a few examples.

Eleanor had never made a plan for what she wanted as a wife, mother, and daughter-in-law, and her life had been unexpectedly difficult” (p. 16). Did women do this at the turn of the 20th century?

…the unthinkable death of an infant” (p. 19)  An infant dying in 1909 was a regular occurrence, regardless of class!

She joined the newly formed Junior League for rich women but did volunteer work in settlement houses” (p. 20) what an awkward sentence. And, she was a rich woman!

The author also falls into two traps that I do not like in modern history writing. First, she “supposes” what Eleanor, Nan, and Marion “might” have done in the evening or in the course of their day. That is not helpful. It’s like the fictionalized scenes in t.v.’s The Crown–it is wrong to invent scenes in a real life. Second, she nearly lets FDR’s story take over in a few places–not nearly as often as in similar books, but it is there. In any biography of Eleanor, FDR will naturally play a large role. But this book was about a slice of her life. Finding insufficiently detailed information on her topic, I feel she padded the book to get it to a respectable page count. Had she instead have dealt more with Todhunter School or with Vall-Kil Industries and the furniture, the book would have been a more authentic account of this interesting relationship and experiment. Instead, while interesting, it fell short.  While Arthurdale (see second review below) did have a tie-in to the relationship, other chapters truly did not.

The Three Graces of Va-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook and in the Place They Made Their Own by Emily Herring Wilson

Eleanor’s Other Experiment in Living

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Eleanor also championed progressive causes like resettling coal miners into new, purpose-built communities like West Virginia’s Arthurdale–which became a pet cause of hers. In addition to brand new homes, settlers had subsistence farm plots for “homesteading” and were to have employment in factories or industries brought in to serve the area. The children were given Nursery School and progressive education through high school in a new, modern school building. They received hot, nutritious lunches and had an inspiring curriculum. Sadly, the necessary industry never developed, and settlers, while in much nicer homes, were saved mostly by World War II.

This book, written for upper-level elementary school students does an excellent job of presenting the purpose and reality of Arthurdale.  Another WPA Homestead Community (there were several), Dyes Colony in Arkansas, “gave birth” to a little boy named J.R. who grew up to be singer Johnny Cash.

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Arthurdale Experiment by Nancy Hoffman

Note: In the interest of fairness, I read this book in February but wanted to save the review to go with The Three Graces (above).

Both of these books were appropriate for both of these November reading challenges.

Book Reviews

Nonfiction November: Newest Nonfiction Additions to My TBR

 

Nonfiction can tell a story as rich and satisifying as the best novel. During Nonfiction November, we all fall in love with a few of our titles. Here are some that I’ve recently added to my TBR and hope to read in December or in 2021.

Nature

Nature’s Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter by Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght

Wintering: A Season With Geese by Stephen Rutt

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller

The Comstock’s of Cornell edited by Karen Penders St. Clair

History

In Triumph’s Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters and the Price They Paid for Glory by Julia P. Gelardi.

The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons From World War to Cold War by David Nasaw

Empress Alexandra: The Special Relationship Between Russia’s Last Tsarina and Queen Victoria by Melanie Clegg

Red Famine: Stalin’s War On Ukraine by Anne Applebaum

One Third of a Nation: Lorena Hickok Reports on the Great Depression by Lorena Hickok

Windsor Diaries, 1940-45 by Alathea Fitzalan Howard. Link is to Amazon UK,

Food

Women in the Kitchen by Anne Willan

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training… by Bill Buford

In the Kitchen: Essays on Food and Life by Yemisi Aribisala, Laura Freeman, Rebecca May Johnson, and Ella Risbridger . I am in LOVE with the cover!

Travel and Home

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain

Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us by Joel Kotkin

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Social Justice

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White American by Michael Eric Dyson

Soul Full of Coal Dust by Chris Hamby

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

And This One

The Diaries of Alan Rickman!! Read more here

Any new nonfiction on your TBR? Leave me a comment or a link to your post.

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Nonfiction November Review: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

My Interest

I’m a woman.

The Story

If you are a woman you will read this book. Now, here are some of the reasons why:

  1. Doctors, aside from their gynecology and labor/delivery training, are trained on an “average” male body even though women’s heart attacks are very different.
  2. Drugs, with a few exceptions, have traditionally been tested on mostly male volunteers. Which explains why some do not do what they should for women
  3. City planners design spaces that all must live in, but that forget the needs of women and children for things like grocery stores and playgrounds.
  4. Transportation systems engineers design systems for men’s commute to work–not for women’s round-about trips to first check on Grandma, then drop the two stroller-bound toddlers at daycare and THEN go to work and then at the end of the day adding a stop to buy groceries before going to the daycare and the other Grandma’s house.
  5. Cars and airbags are designed for men. Pregnant women, who are naturally closer to the steering wheel? Never considered.
  6. Disaster relief teams, refugee camps, and similar forget that women menstruate, endure cultural shunning for being with men to whom they are not related, and often must give birth. Condoms, yes. Sanitary pads–no. Or worse, only tampons in spite of taboos restricting them to only married women.

The book shows all the ways that leaving women out of surveying, quantifying, and otherwise amassing information to inform decisions is costing us time, money, productivity, advancement, lives, and more. Just read it.

My Thoughts

There are so many more I won’t go on. Now, about the author. Yes, she is a strident left-wing feminist and yes the HRC person is mentioned more than one time. Ignore both and read the book. This book has been needed for so long! The distortions of data have cost women lives, dignity, safety, and opportunities–and that is being said by someone far to the right of the author. This book should be used in every course on quantitative research or similar. It is not a boring textbook. The author tells the story very well and illustrates it almost too well. This is one of the most interesting nonfiction books I’ve read in years. I do not agree with every single thing she says, but it was very interesting and thought-provoking. Just read it. Have I mentioned you should read it?

 

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Invisible  Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez