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Nonfiction November: Nontraditional Nonfiction: TED Talks

It’s week three of Nonfiction November and Rebecca at I’m Lost in Books is hosting with this prompt:

This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats. We want to hear all about it this week!”

I struggled a bit with this one. I’ve found that audiobooks sometimes work well for me in the form of nonfiction. Again, it depends on the subject and narration. But what else? I do love podcasts and documentaries from time to time. And to soothe my visual learning need, I came across TED talks a few years ago. Depending on how the talk made me feel, I’ve then gone on to read the speaker’s book(s) or added them to my TBR list.

On Monday’s post I talked about Brené Brown’s TED talk and how it made me want to read all of her books. Also, her website is gorgeous and wonderful and I downloaded all of her free posters and manifesto. I’m a huge sociology/psychology/education fan and I spent two years getting my Special Education degree focusing on behavioral science. Discovering relatable and inspiring content in sociology and psychology has been my saving grace in life, as a parent, as a wife, as a teacher, working with the public and just keeping the crazy at bay. Here are TED talks that have helped me so much:

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.  “Stories are just data with a soul.”  I’m currently reading and listening to Daring Greatly and she is speaking to my soul.

Susan Cain : The Power of Introverts. “When it comes to creativity and to leadership we need introverts doing what they do best.”  YESSS!!! Her book Quiet is one I return to often and made me proud to admit I’m an introvert when told for years being shy and quiet was a bad thing.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: How To Tell A Story. “How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children.” This talk changed the scope of books I read and the ones I suggest to my children. I loved Americanah but have yet to read her nonfiction work We Should All Be Feminists.

Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs A Champion. “One of the things that we never discuss or we rarely discuss is the value and importance of human connection. Relationships.” I was so touched by this talk that I wanted to hug her. I began the “Half Full Movement” in my family a year ago on Spring Break and although this video is about teaching, it’s also about seeing the positive in challenging situations. It also made me want to get back to teaching sooner than later…hence, the college classes. No books yet but I could listen to her all day.

And of course my favorite….Cheryl Strayed: Radical Sincerity. “Our deepest treasures are buried in the crappy detritus in our life.” Her book Tiny Beautiful Things has a permanent place on my nightstand and in my heart.

What other formats of nonfiction do you enjoy? Have a favorite TED talk?



14 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: Nontraditional Nonfiction: TED Talks

  1. These are SOOO great, Marisa! I just finished reading Quiet and I already want to read it again; I’m definitely going to watch this TED talk of hers for more insight. I, too, have so many more introverted tendencies than I’d imagined; such a great resource. Thank you for sharing these!

  2. Oh my gosh – these are fantastic! I didn’t realize Susan Cain had a TED Talk…I need to listen to that one pronto. Quiet has been on my TBR list forever…I actually had it on an early version of my NN reading list, but ended up getting diverted.

  3. LOVE. Like you, I have a degree in Special Education (and Human Development) and I love books about sociology, psychology, and education. I am always on the look out for inspiring TED talks in these departments so thank you for sharing these!

  4. Ooh, I love your choice to write about TED talks for this! I haven’t watched nearly enough TED talks related to books given how much I always enjoy them. Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  5. You’ve highlighted two of my favourite TED talks – I love to grab some of my non-fiction via podcasts and TED talks – from everything to do with books and authors, to environmental issues, health, self-help, history, philosophy, inspirational, music and comedians.

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