Read Harder 2019: A Book By A Journalist or About Journalism

For this week’s installment of the Read Harder challenge, readers are asked to choose a book written by a journalist or about journalism.  Nowadays there are a ton of books written by journalists that span across subjects such as true crime, race and/or gender inequality,  and the healthcare industry – just to name a few!  We’ve compiled a long list of titles, but here are just a few to get you started.  As always, click on a title or a cover image to place a hold.

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn
289.8 GUINN

“A portrait of the cult leader behind the Jonestown Massacre examines his personal life, from his extramarital affairs and drug use to his fraudulent faith healing practices and his decision to move his followers to Guyana, sharing new details about the events leading to the 1978 tragedy.”

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
305.3095 NORDBERG

“An award-winning foreign correspondent who contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series reveals the secret Afghan custom of disguising girls as boys to improve their prospects, discussing its political and social significance as well as the experiences of its practitioners.”

Dopesick by Beth Macy
362.2909 MACY

“Chronicles America’s more than twenty-year struggle with opioid addiction, from the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, through the spread of addiction in distressed communities in Central Appalachia, to the current national crisis.”

American Prison by Shane Bauer
365.973 BAUER

“In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an expose about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say.”

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
976.6004 GRANN

“Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.”



Happy reading!
-Amanda, Adult Reference