Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction #NonficNov #NonfictionNovember

November 22, 2021

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction #NonficNov

Nonfiction November poster (text in white against a green background against colorful fall leaves)

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by What’s Nonfiction, Doing Dewey, The Thousand Book Project, Plucked from the Stacks, and OCBookgirl. During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:
(Join us?)

Week 1: (November 1-5) – My Year in Nonfiction (with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction)

Week 2: (November 8-12) – Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey

Week 3: (November 15-19) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (my fav memoirs/biographies) with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project

Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction (tweaked by me: Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction) with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks.

Week 5: (November 29-December 3) — New to My NF TBR with Jaymi at OCBookgirl

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Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.

This week’s prompt for Nonfiction November hosted by Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks is Stranger Than Fiction. I am tweaking this topic because, for me, a favorite form of nonfiction is narrative nonfiction (nonfiction that reads like a story). There is nothing strange about these stories! However, you will notice that several have been turned into movies….because….well….they read like fiction!

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction (image: white text over the top view of several hardback books)

Background Image Source: Canva

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction

The Girl With Seven Names: Escape From North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee

(My review of Girl With Seven Names here)

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (cover)

Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

(My review of Born a Crime here)

A young readers version of Born a Crime here.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (cover) Image: a casual Trevor Noah

Educated by Tara Westover

(My review of Educated here)

Educated by Tara Westover (cover) Image: a giant sharpened pencil as background

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle movie.

(My review of Glass Castle here)

Glass Castle

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

(My review of Killers of the Flower Moon here)

Movie in the making.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (cover) White text over a reddish and dark background

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

(My review of Hillbilly Elegy here)

Hillbilly Elegy Netflix movie here.

Hillbilly Elegy (cover)

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

(My review of Glass Castle here)

Glass Castle movie here.

The Glass Castle (cover)

Unbroken: A WW11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken movie and YA version here.

(Not reviewed because I read this before I started blogging or Goodreads)


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

The Bonhoeffer movie.

(Not reviewed because I read this before blogging or using Goodreads)

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (cover)

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

See the Broadway production, Come From Away or watch it currently streaming on AppleTV+.

(My review of The Day the World Came to Town)

The Day the World Came to Town


See any favorites?

Have you read one of these titles?

I’d love to hear your suggestion for a nonfiction book that is stranger than fiction or for a nonfiction book that reads like fiction.

Happy Reading Book Friends!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

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~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I like your take on the topic. I do have that memoir from North Korea but have just finished a different memoir on the same topic so I think I’m done with that for a while

  2. I love your topic tweak and actually my topic contribution a few years ago to Nonfiction November was nonfiction that reads like fiction – I think it fits nicely with this year’s topic! I’ve read all of your recommendations besides Unbroken (I’m always resisting that one, I don’t know why!), Bonhoeffer, and Day the World Came to Town. I really want to get to that last one!

    • Thanks for your encouragement! Well…yeah…..Unbroken is difficult in places….mainly the concentration camp section which I skimmed. But overall, an inspiring read! I agree, You must read The Day the World Came to Town!

  3. What a great list Carol. I had seen Hillbilly Elegy around, but wasn’t sure about it. I know my library has it, so I am going to add it for the new year. I do enjoy Non-Fiction that reads like fiction. I have read all but three you mentioned.

  4. Have read almost all of these–funny, because I think I’m mostly a fiction reader, but a good memoir is hard to beat! And — I just finished Cloud Cuckoo Land — have you read it yet? Amazing story telling– 5 plots and all fascinating.

  5. A really great list. The last ones on the post I haven’t heard of; I’ll be investigating this weekend. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. Trever Noah’s book was excellent! And, I have added The Day the World Came to Town to my TBR. The universe has sent it to me several times this week and, now that I have seen it on your list, I know I need to pick up a copy.

  7. I love your slight twist on the topic! And you landed on a ton of great titles. The Girl With Seven Names has been on my TBR pile for a bit. There was a point a few years back when I was devouring every book about North Korea I could find, but I never made it around to this one.

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