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Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees (BAND): October Discussion: Favorite Anthologies

October 26, 2011 4 comments

Photos of 3 women.

BAND is a monthly discussion group of book bloggers who love nonfiction!  If you’d like to join us, check out our tumblr page.

This month Ash of English Major’s Junk Food asks us: What are your favorite nonfiction anthologies?

It’s funny; I haven’t read a nonfiction anthology in a while, but I immediately thought of one book that sits proudly on one of my livingroom bookshelves at home that I return to relatively frequently to read bits and pieces fromWritten by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women: An Anthology.

Time to toot my own horn a bit here, I was the recipient of the Smith College Book Award in high school, and this was the book they chose to send me.  As a young feminist growing up in a rural, traditional area, this book rocked my world.  So many strong, intelligent women of all races and ethnicities from many time periods overcoming obstacles to achieve amazing things.  Any time I had a rough day in high school or college, I would turn to this book and read a section of it.  Um, plus it has a Smith College Book Award bookplate with my name on it, which is just bad-ass.  Alas, they were unable to convince me to go to a women’s college.  I wanted boys around. 😉  But hopefully the alumni association of Smith will still be pleased to know that this book helped one young girl become a stronger woman.

I’m glad Ash brought up this topic, because it made me think about one of my more unique favorite books, but also realize that it’s been a while since I read a nonfiction anthology.  I’ll have to think on a topic that interests me and hunt one down at the library!

Check out the nonfiction books I’ve reviewed and discussed since the August discussion: