It’s Week 2 of Nonfiction November. Our host this week is Sarah from Sarah’s Book Shelves and we’re talking about book pairings:
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
I had to think about this challenge for a few days, and a few of the books I thought of were paired by other readers, so I eventually came up with this pairing. These are not easy reads.
This is a nonfiction book about the prevalence of rape and how it’s underreported, covered up and hidden in one college town. Krakauer also shares research into other schools statistics and a similar lack of justice. The stories of the victims were tough to listen to, and yet I know it’s so important. I read this just as I was sending my son off to his first year of college, it made for good discussion points and I may have scared the shit of him just a little.
I read this book early this year and have not yet reviewed. While the stories in these books don’t mesh exactly it does involve the tragedy of rape and the actions some take without permission. This book is told from both the victim and her rapist’s point of view. Hatvany giving them both voices was very powerful. When I was a college student I didn’t think of a rapist as a frat boy or football player, but as the hooded guy hiding around a corner. I learned that pressure from all sorts of men is real, some of them look like our friends. This book was powerful, the friendship of two people is ruined when one partner assumes the other has said yes.
The one thought that keeps coming to my mind about these books and about the culture we live in, is that using any power or authority over another person is happening too much. I’m not sure where we got to this place but I do know we all have to work harder to stop it. Educating our children, talking about it to our friends. Letting men and women know that if they attempt sexual advances of any kind without consent it’s just wrong, always wrong.