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  • First up we're going to reveal our Adult Fiction #MyLitBox that features Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (@jeankwokauthor). Imagine the panic you’d go into if a loved one were to disappear. But how would you feel if as you searched for them, you realized you didn't know them well after all? This is the dilemma one sister faces as she searches for the other in Searching for Sylvie Lee. This is a story about family, rivalries, and secrets, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love and the items in this box hopefully serve as a reminder to leave your comfort zones and as a nod to the uniqueness of some of the destinations we are introduced to in this novel.
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  • We could all imagine the panic we'd go into if a loved one were to disappear, but how would you feel if as you searched for them, you realized you didn't know them well after all? We get to watch this play out as one sister searches for another only to realize she's looking for someone she barely knew. Link in bio.
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  • The saying goes "love is where the heart is," but what does it mean when your love spans across an ocean? Who wins and who loses? The title selected for our Black Women are Lit! Box grapples with this question as we witness a mother choose between staying with her daughter or following a love that takes her away from home. If your curiosity is piqued, sign up today! Link in our bio.
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The Importance of Reading Historical Nonfiction

January 4, 2018

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

I read this quote long before my love affair with historical non-fiction began and long before I understood what it meant. I read it as a child when I was still memorizing things for the sake of a grade or to pass a test. I read about pain and atrocities in history that made me sad briefly, but it wasn’t until I began to mature that I began to understand sorrow.

My sophomore year of high school was when I began to grasp the importance of history. My AP European History teacher, who did nothing more than assign pages from a textbook, had us read about the Congress of Vienna where a group of white men in a room carved Africa into pieces like slices of cake and proceed to pass those pieces out to all who were present. No Africans were present. That was the first time I ever felt sorrow over something I read. It wouldn’t be the last. This was a defining moment for me as my appetite for history and knowledge has only grown. I no longer waited for reading to be assigned, I sought it out on my own.

The first historical non-fiction text I read for “pleasure” was King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. As I read it, I was shocked and appalled at all the gory details of what took place during that period in the Congo. There were moments where tears came to my eyes—sometimes from sadness, sometimes from rage. But this didn’t stop me as I have read many more books that have shaken me to my core since, a few of them being:

History tends to repeat itself. The men who marched in Charlottesville holding Tiki Torches weren’t the first to do it. White robes with matching hoods were replaced by polo shirts, khaki pants, and penny loafers. Every event, every slur, every hate-filled stare transcends where we are presently, and it’s because of historical nonfiction I can contextualize circumstances and better understand how we got to where we are.

It is easy to understand why historical non-fiction isn’t the most popular genre, a lot of history is hard to stomach. But I read it because I want to be ready, because, when I read you, baby, please believe I’m going to have these RECEIPTS! Will you?

Alisha Brown is an academic coach in Dallas, TX who can usually be found on Twitter.

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    Sanura
    January 20, 2018 at 11:50 am

    My 2017 reading goal was to read more nonfiction and I seriously dropped the ball but this post was the push I need to attempt that SAME goal this year. When I take people to tasks, like you said, I want to have the RECEIPTS!

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