I don't feature nonfiction titles in this segment very often, and when I do it's usually a book by a comedian, but I heard about this book a couple of months back and it struck me as very intriguing with its subject matter.
Spellbound: Inside West Africa's Witch Camps by Karen Palmer tells about a village with thousands of women have come together because they've been exiled from their homes and villages because they're all accused and convicted of witchcraft. Imagine that: an entire community comprised of women thought to be witches.
That is mind boggling. Of course, I remember hearing about witch doctors hunting down and killing albinos because they wanted to harvest body parts for magical spells, and I think that was pretty crazy too. But a village of supposed witches is almost too good a story to resist, whether fictionalized or documented reality such as this book.
What kind of nonfiction titles are on your wish list these days?
[update] CBC Radio's Q did an interview with Palmer. Click on the link to listen if you're interested: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/qpodcast_20110104_43347.mp3