If you’re a lover of learning, then it probably goes without saying that you’re also always on the lookout for your next favorite non-fiction book, and it’s not hard to see why. Non-fiction has so much to offer. It can teach you about your country’s history or even the history of the entire world. You can partake in the personal stories of thousands of noteworthy individuals, from President Kennedy, to your favorite comedian, to a humble citizen that grew up during the Great Depression. You can dig more deeply than you ever imagined into literally any topic that suits you.
Embracing the wide, wonderful world of local interest books can open up even more exciting new vistas for you. Local interest can teach you more about your own hometown or favorite vacation haunt. It can treat you to fascinating looks into some of the world’s most interesting subjects and topics as well. The following are just a few noteworthy examples.
- African American Points of View
Many people are familiar with the greats of African American history. (Think Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.) Modern people are no strangers to the many stages of the civil rights movement, either. However, there’s so much more to Black America than what your standard history books will tell you, and you can experience quite a lot of it through various local interest books.
Have you ever wondered how black colleges, in general, came to be or wanted to know more about a particular one? Would you be interested in finding out more about Negro League baseball and the players that made it great? Are you ready to experience an intimate look at any one of the socioeconomic and political events that have shaped Black America over the decades? If so, it’s highly recommended that you explore local interest books from various regions sooner rather than later.
- Transportation History
Transportation is more than just a modern convenience that helps us get from Point A to Point B. It’s also an important part of human history. Take railways and railroads, for instance. From the first railroad lines and steam engines, to the subways and street cars that are still such a big part of how many of us get around today, the rail system is indelibly tied to the people that built it and the events that shaped it. The same can be said about aviation and air travel, as well as – of course – automobiles.
Local interest books can introduce you to a multitude of details about the people, places, and events that shaped transportation as we know it today. You’ll see hundreds of rare images, hear the echoes of thousands of pioneering voices, and so much more. It’s a must-do for anyone that considers themselves to be a transportation enthusiast in any capacity.
- Sports History
If we as a species can be said to have a pastime that unites almost everyone in some way, shape, or form, it would have to be sports. From baseball to tennis, soccer to hockey, football to skiing, sports have been bringing people together and giving them exciting reasons to cheer ever since the days of ancient Rome with its gladiator pits. However, you can’t be said to be a true sports enthusiast until you’ve explored local interest books that cover how your favorite sport shaped the communities that make your nation great.
Read about some of North America’s most notable hockey players and discover how the sport itself shaped communities all over the United States, from New York, to Massachusetts, to North Carolina. Experience the spirit and excitement of college football through the eyes of esteemed local authors and experts. Find out how golf differs from the Ozarks, to Hawaii, to California. No true sports fan’s reading collection is complete without at least a few local interest books as part of it.
- Historical Comparison
Reading and absorbing history is an important part of understanding who we are as a people and a society, but, ultimately, it’s not enough. It’s the comparison of the past to the present that ultimately brings true understanding of where we’ve been as it relates to where we are and especially where we’re going. Local history books can grant us the opportunity to do this in regards to just about any city or region we like.
Have you always had a love affair with New York City or Boston? Consider reading local interest books about your favorite city that compare the pasts and presents of these truly iconic locations. Do you wish you knew more about how your own hometown developed into the wonderful place that you know and love today? Exploring local interest books on your town’s origins and comparative history can answer even questions you didn’t know you had.
- History of Education
Visit any campus anywhere in the world and you’ll instantly be stepping into a world where every detail comes attached to a rich and exciting history. Every building there has a story behind how it came to look and be the way that it is today. Every statue you passed while sauntering around the grounds of your own alma mater honors an individual without whom your campus would never be the same.
Local interest books can teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the universities and schools that made your nation great. Are you going away to college soon? Read up on the campus to ensure you get the absolute most out of your time there. Ever wanted to know more about a particular school that’s famous for its high-performing alumni? You can find out everything about what made that college so exceptional.
In short, the written word is a readily available gateway to a wealth of information that can teach us more than we ever imagined possible about whatever topic we wish. Start browsing the catalog of a respected, comprehensive local interest publisher like Arcadia Publishing today, and start learning everything you ever wanted to know about some of the most wonderful cities and communities out there. Which topic will you explore first?