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“Our school is giving students more nonfiction assignments and wants parents to make it a priority at home. My seventh-grade daughter loves vampire books, “The Hunger Games,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” but says nonfiction is boring. Why are schools pushing nonfiction?”
“New nonfiction for adult readers ranges from a book on innovative education by Salman Khan (of the KhanAcademy), a wonderful biography of husband and wife duo Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss (of the children’s book “The Carrot Seed”), and “Philosophy bites back,” a collection of podcasts on the greatest thinkers of the past.”
“I noticed recently that when folks ask for recommendations for books, one of the first questions I ask is whether they are “fiction” or “nonfiction” types. Usually people feel pretty strongly about this, and whether they admit to crossing over once in a while, they are generally pretty comfortable categorizing themselves (or the person they are buying for) as one type or the other. “