Reading suggestions for a friend who has never read a book
October 27, 2013 7:20 AM Subscribe
I have a friend who wants to read something. He is a 40 year old black male who grew up on the streets of south central. He has a high school education, but has never read a book in his life (his words). He is very open minded and interested in a lot of different things and he sees me and his girlfriend reading all the time and wants to join in on the fun. He says he is mainly interested in nonfiction but open to reading fiction also.
posted by R.F.Simpson to media & arts (79 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for something that he would enjoy (obviously) but that will also spark some interest in reading other things. Also, I have no idea what his reading level is. He graduated high school but has never read for fun in all his 40 years. I want something that won't insult his intelligence, but that will be on his level (the only reason I point this out is because I know you guys are quite the literate bunch and I don't need recommendations like Henry Adams or DFW)
Also, his cultural upbringing (poor, 80's gangland black culture) is relevant because I don't know if he would be interested in something that involves black history/culture or if he would be more comfortable stepping out of his comfort zone.