This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!
Welcome to the nonfiction edition of the Summer Book Bingo category Collection of short stories – essays! Essay collections share the same versatility as short story collections: you can sit down and read several in a row, or read a single essay and go do something else without worrying about remembering the thread of facts. The topics, of course, range from personal essays, to humor, to factual domains like science or history. Here are just a few to get you started:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay draws together a collection of essays often focused on pop-culture, but which also work to try and pinpoint what it means to be a feminist in our current moment and culture. Gay deepens her observations by discussing how race and privilege interact with feminist ideas and philosophies.
Sam Kean writes wide-ranging and fascinating science essays. Try his collection about genetics: The Violinist’s Thumb: and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code.
In the mood for something more lighthearted? David Sedaris writes funny, often short, personal essays. Begin with his newest: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.
And don’t forget the Best American series, with anthologies published yearly of the Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and more.
Find all these titles and more suggestions for nonfiction essay collections in our catalog! Tell us your favorite essay collections or essay writers here or by tweeting at #BookBingoNW.