Non-Fiction November Week 2

#NonfictionNovember is a month-long nonfiction reading initiative! We have gathered some of our non-fiction reads here for you.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Michelle McNamara

352 pages
Harper
Published February 27, 2018

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What an interesting read. Michelle McNamara was married to Patton Oswald and passed away before finishing her research and writing. My only fault in the book is that someone didn’t update the book for the arrest, which can be attributed to in large part to the author’s obsession over the case, if you ask me.

I was mesmerized reading this. My Grandfather was a cop and while he retired when my Mom was a small child, I am still drawn to the pursuit of solving a crime. While all of the research happened after it became a cold case, the author documents her tireless sleuthing.

This isn’t sensationalized like so many true crime books, but told largely from an investigative angle. She describes methods used and then new methods tried to solve these killings.

She writes a compelling book that you want to end, but don’t want to end. Her narrative was sound for a debut author and it’s a shame with her true crime obsession and talent, that she tragically died. I’m just glad the book was finished posthumously and I had the chance to read it. I think true crime lovers and thriller lovers will enjoy this one. I highly recommend it.

Sherry


An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

296 pages
Beacon Press
Published September 16, 2014

One day I hope to read every book in the ReVisioning American History series. This is my first book, and it is an incredible history of the land now known as the United States. This book is expansive, and starts in the Pre-Colombian period and goes all the way to present day. Dunbar-Ortiz describes the strengths of Indigenous American civilization, the hardships starting with the European Age of Exploration, and the many ways Indigenous peoples found to resist colonization. This was an incredible read.

Jana 

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