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Like, Try, Why: Nonfiction by Women Writers

We’ve explored a lot of fiction in our like, try, why series, but this week we thought we’d offer some reading suggestions for fans of nonfiction. These books are all written by women who examine culture.
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If you enjoyed (or are waiting on the holds list) for The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, consider checking out Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak. Both books examine the fascinating creation and cultural influence of iconic female characters who have endured for well over half a century.

In The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion, Meghan Daum offers her singular point of view, whether remarking on culture or her own life. Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a similarly crafted collection of essays.

Eula Bliss and Susan Sontag both take a hard look at how language and public perception shapes our misunderstandings of complex health issues. In On Immunity, Bliss comments on the controversy surrounding immunization of children, while Sontag dissects the discourse around cancer and AIDS in Illness as Metaphor.

Do you have a favorite essay collection by a women author? Share it in the comments. Looking for some reading suggestions on a particular topic or in a specific style? Let us know! 

Like Try Why: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is the 2014 recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her novels transcend the (artificial) division between literary and genre fiction. If you’ve never read Le Guin, this guide will give you a place to start, and if you’re already a fan, hopefully you’ll find a new book.  Read More..

Like, Try, Why: New Literary Fiction

If you are the reader who is always on the look out for the best in new literary fiction, we’ve got suggestions based on some of last year’s most popular literary fiction.  Read More..

Like, Try, Why: Short Stories

If you’ve ever lamented the fact that you can’t seem to finish a book due to a lack of reading time or been late back to work because you couldn’t put down the book you were reading on your lunch break, short story collections my be the solution to your reading woes. Here are some great literary collections to get you started.  Read More..

Like, Try, Why: Romantic Suspense

If you’re looking for action and love stories, chances are, you’re a fan of Romantic Suspense novels. The key factor in these novels is danger, whether it involves a murder investigation or a government conspiracy. Fans of this subgenre are in good company — it’s quite popular. Here are a handful of suggestions, and we’ve made a list of even more popular romantic suspense authors in the catalog. Read More..

Like, Try, Why: Stephen King Edition

Stephen King has not only a huge following, but an impressive and diverse body of work. For those looking for a creepy or scary tale this Halloween, he’s a favorite author. If you’re looking to branch out into some other novels that have that Stephen King feel, he have some suggestions. Find these titles in the catalog. Read More..

Like, Try, Why: Murakami Edition

Haruki Murakami has quite the cult following, and fans are getting a double dose of him this year. The recently released Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will be followed up in December by The Strange Library, which sounds particularly interesting. For his avid fans looking to branch out into other works, here are some suggestions based on why readers are drawn to his various works. You also can find these titles listed in the catalog. Read More..

If You Like “The Hunger Games”…

If you’re a fan of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, you might enjoy some of these dystopian reads as well:   Read More..

If You Like “The Help”…

Often times when a film adaptation of a book is released, the popularity of that title increases at the library, and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is no exception. The book currently has a waiting list of more than 70 people. If you’re on that waiting list and are looking for something similar in the meantime, here are five titles you might enjoy as well: Read More..

If You Like “Harry Potter”…

Like the magic and wonder of the Harry Potter series? Sad that it has come to an end? Here are five other series that might also spark your interest: Read More..