"I read non-fiction books mainly for research purposes, but I also find memoirs and social histories intriguing as well. Here are some I’m interested in, and some I’ve enjoyed in the past. P.S. This is my final book list as an official Capital City Press Featured Writer. It’s been wonderful sharing my love of reading with you all! Thanks for checking in and may the books be ever in your favour."
Reel Inequality by Nancy Wang Yuen
"For many of us who are people of colour and creators, the thesis of this book came as no surprise. Yuen is an associate professor of sociology in California and interviewed close to 100 “working actors” as well as culled through myriad published interviews, in this study of racial biases in Hollywood filmmaking. Published only months ago, Yuen’s data and conclusions have an immediate relevancy that I found compelling."
Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine
"Fine makes the intersection of genetics and social science hilarious. What more do you need? Ok, ok; if you’re interested in contemporary interpretations and studies on gender and sex differentiation, and their impact on society in general, this is an excellent guide."
The Social Life of Ink by Ted Bishop
"Bishop, an English professor at the University of Alberta, writes humourously and self-deprecatingly of his adventures roaming various parts of the world, tracing the history of ink. (Truth in advertising!) It’s a fascinating and fun read."
Gulp by Mary Roach
"What can I say? I like funny science writing, and it sounds like Roach is the one to beat in that category. This one’s about the alimentary canal, tongue to…tail. Maybe I’ll save this one for the summer…"
At Home by Bill Bryson
"I don’t make any claims to remembering even a fraction of the information Bryson imparts in this highly enjoyable book, which I read when it first released. But I remember being surprised and amused pretty much throughout. It’s also a neat reference book for the history of any number of household items."
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
"I picked up my first biography only about 15 years ago and have since discovered a soft spot for the life stories of musicians. This is my latest and I have to admit: the 500+ pages seem daunting. I’m waiting for a goodly chunk of free time (ha!) to dive in properly. Plus, I gotta create a Springsteen playlist to accompany my reading…"
The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson
"I had the pleasure of spending some time with Ms. Richardson this past Autumn; she’s an intelligent, engaging person and a fun conversationalist to boot. This title is a “father-daughter memoir,” a reflection on the life of her father, Chuck Ealey, a storied CFL quarterback, as well as her own place as a black woman in Canada. I’m intrigued that this book covers parts of Chuck Ealey’s life in Canada in the 1970s, which is when my family immigrated here."
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