I’m running a little behind, but week four of Nonfiction November is in full swing. But hey, it’s never a bad time to highlight some great reads, right? This week’s topic is brand new to Nonfiction Nonfiction and hosted by Rebekah from She Seeks Nonfiction.
Worldview Changers (November 21-25): One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction is learning all kinds of things about our world which you never would have known without it. There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound. What nonfiction book (or books) has impacted the way you see the world in a powerful way? Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read for a better understanding of the world we live in?
I admit, when I first saw this topic, no books immediately sprang to mind. That’s not to suggest I didn’t enjoy looking through my shelves while curating my list of Worldview Changers. I just can’t say there’s been one book that’s completely altered the way I view the world—my worldview is an ever-evolving process that’s gradually shaped by new and updated information.
However, I often stumble into books that surprise me by teaching me something I didn’t know or hadn’t considered. More often than not, these are books featuring moments I think about long after I’ve finished their pages, and which cause me to fall down a rabbit hole of information related to what I’ve just read. To me, the best nonfiction books are the ones that require me to have the book in one hand and my phone opened to Google in the other. And ultimately, these are the same books that, by making me curious about a broader scope of information, do eventually alter my perception of the world.
Here are six books that have done just that.
Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember: An Oral History
edited by James Mellon
The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
edited by Ernst Klee, Willi Dressen & Volker Riess
May the Lord in His Mercy Be Kind to Belfast
by Tony Parker
We Believe the Children: The Story of a Moral Panic
by Richard Beck
When Brooklyn Was Queer
by Hugh Ryan
What are some books that have changed your view of the world? If you’re interested in participating in this week’s Nonfiction November topic, be sure to link up to Rebekah’s post over at She Seeks Nonfiction.