Nonfiction Book Review: Lean in & In Their Shoes

I'm recommending a book PAIR for September and October: In Their Shoes (Deborah Reber) and Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg), for middle and high school respectively.

(Reminder: You already know my theories on why students don't appreciate non-fiction enough, that I'm attempting to recommend good non-fiction titles, and some of the other books I've reviewed here. This post is for July.)

Don't get me wrong - I love all of the historical non-fiction coming out that tell stories of women in the past - in the frontier, in space, in the sciences, all of it. But as much as that has an important place, girls also need modern-day stories of women who may or may not be like them.

My view of what it means to be a woman is NOT limited to careers, BUT I'm okay with showing girls as many different outlooks and examples as possibles of what women are capable of.

Thus, this months' choices:

About In Their Shoes
In Their Shoes by Deborah Reber
The cover may be a little bland, but it's an anthology of women in different fields talking about their careers, which is fantastic.

This one is probably for "ready" 7th graders and up. It's not visually stimulating, but it's fairly short chapters, so it is a good book to build endurance and show the variety that non-fiction can have.

Click here for the Amazon link.

About Lean In
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
This one was technically written for adults, but I think a like-minded high school student would do just fine.

(And frankly, this would be a sweet graduation gift, or a good read for seniors and up trying to find themselves.)

The chapters are about work, which not every student will already have experience in, but it's got a lot of solid professional advice for them to start thinking about. Many chapters are an average of 13 pages long (some as long as 20ish), so it's digestible.

Click here for the Amazon link.

Tell me your thoughts on these books, or other recommendations, and stay tuned for November's non-fiction!

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