#NonficNov 2021: New Titles For My Nonfiction TBR #NonfictionBookParty

November 29, 2021

#NonficNov 2021: New Titles For My Nonfiction TBR

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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

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

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*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Six New Nonfiction Titles For My TBR

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

I hope that you have enjoyed my focus on #NonFicNov and that you’ve found some new titles for your own TBR!

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Jaymi at OCBookgirl, I have six nonfiction titles that I’m adding to my TBR! These are not all new releases…just new to my TBR. Because of FOMO and being a mood (impulsive) reader, I’ve already read three of the six (because they were available immediately at my library).

In Nonfiction November, have you added any nonfiction titles to your TBR?

***This post contains Amazon affilliate links.


B I O G R A P H Y

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight For Freedom, and the Men Who Tried To Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

Thanks to Shelleyrae at Book’d Out for the rec! I’m intrigued by this biography because of histfic books I’ve read with similar themes including Woman 99 and The Rose Code.

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore (book cover) Image: white text on black background with a yellowish rectangular image of a woman sliced into 8 narrow strips


I N T R O V E R T S

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Thanks to Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books for reminding me (again!) that I have been wanting to read this one!

Quiet by Susan Cain (Cover: red lettering on a soft blue background)


M E M O I R

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton

Thanks to Molly @ Silver Button Books for bringing this to my attention! I love Dolly Parton!
***I actually read this right away because it was immediately available at my library. (title is linked to my review)

Dolly Parton, Songteller Icover) by Dolly Parton (Image: a portrait of Dolly Parton in a round portrait frame)


S E L F – H E L P

How To Be Sad: Everything I’ve Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad by Helen Russell

Thanks to Nicki @ The Secret Library Book Blog for the rec!

How to be Sad by Helen Russell (yellow text over a puffy white cloud against a bright blue background)


H I S T O R I C A L  E V E N T

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

Come From Away, the Musical

I’ve had The Day the World Came to Town on my TBR for a while (and I can’t recall the source of the recommendation), so I decided that the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 would be an appropriate and relevant time. The title is linked to my review. Through the process of publishing my review I came to realize (though blog and instagram comments) that there is also a Broadway musical, Come From Away, that I could access through AppleTV+ (title is a link). So, I accomplished both the nonfiction selection and the musical this November and highly recommend them!

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (cover) Image: a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) stand with their back to the camera watching a jetliner land


M E M O I R

Going There by Katie Couric

I adore memoirs and Katie Couric kept me company every morning during the years I was a stay-at-home mom, so when I saw this on Jonetta’s TBR (@ The Blue Mood Cafe Blog I immediately requested it from the library. I read it as soon as it was available. I thought it was OK and there’s some interesting parts, but overall it turned out to be a meh read for me. Might be a case of high expectations.

Going There by Katie Couric (cover) Image: gold text and a picture of the author on the cover



QOTD

What have you read for Nonfiction November?

Have you added any nonfiction to your TBR?



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family [Book Review] #ThrowBackThursday #NonficNov

November 18, 2021

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom
#throwbackthursday

Finding Chika Review

Genre/Categories/Setting: Nonfiction, Memoir, Haiti, Foster Guardianship, Found Family, Inspiration

In 2020, I decided to systematically revisit my older review posts and update them. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads. Today, I’m re-sharing a poignant found family memoir, Finding Chika by Mitch Albom.

I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

“In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children. Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. After five-year-old Chika was diagnosed with a medical condition that was untreatable in Haiti, the Alboms brought Chika to America to live with them while seeking medical intervention. Instead of returning to Haiti as planned, Chika and the Alboms become found family, and Mitch learns a great deal about caring for a special needs child, the definition of family, unconditional love, loss, and grief.”

“Families are like pieces of art. You can make them from almost anything. The only ingredient you need to make a family is unconditional love.”

“What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom

Continue here for my full review of Finding Chika



QOTD:

Have you read Finding Chika or is it on your TBR?

 

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

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

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 hostecome fd 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)

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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)

Unbroken

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



QOTD:

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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Nonfiction Books: 15 Favorite Memoir/Biography #NonficNov

November 17, 2021

Nonfiction: Memoir/Biography #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 with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project

Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks

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

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Nonfiction: Memoirs & Biographies

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

Playing The Expert: Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Veronica @ The Thousand Book Project, I am playing “the expert” and sharing books in a subgenre that I have read and highly recommend. These are my favorite memoir/biography recommendations. I chose them because they each share a personal story and help build my understanding of a specific life experience. Each one has affected me in a personal way. With only two exceptions, today’s list draws heavily from my original 2020 post. Do you have a favorite memoir or biography?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

15 Favotite Memoirs & Biographies for #NonFicNov (Image: text over a tall stack of books on a blue painted wooden table)

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15 Favorite Memoirs and Biographies:

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

(My review of Girl With Seven Names here)

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (cover)

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

(My review of The Choice here)

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger (cover) Image: black text on a white background and a black stemmed reddish flower is placed on the entire left margin

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

A young readers version of Born a Crime here.

(My review of Born a Crime here.)

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

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton

(My review of Dolly Parton, Songteller here)

Dolly Parton, Songteller Icover) by Dolly Parton (Image: a portrait of Dolly Parton in a round portrait frame)

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

(My review of Finding Chika here)

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom (cover)

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

(My review of Wait Till Next Year here)

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (cover) Image: an old professional baseball stadium

Open by Andre Agassi

(My review of Open here)

Open by Andre Agassi (cover) Image: a head shot of Andre Agassi

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy movie here.

(My review of Just Mercy here)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 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)

Unbroken

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle movie.

(My review of Glass Castle here)

Glass Castle

Educated by Tara Westover

(My review of Educated here)

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

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

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

Tattoos on the Heart

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)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (childhood memoir) (MG)

(My review of Brown Girl Dreaming here)

Brown Girl Dreaming

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by Sampson Davis (The Three Doctors) (MG)

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

we beat the street



Related:

ICYMI: Here’s my post for “Playing the expert” two years ago: Nonfiction and Racial Injustice
Here’s my memoir post from last year (which is only updated slightly for this year’s post)



QOTD:

See any favorites?

Have you read one of these titles?

I know you can help me add to this list! If my husband had helped with this list he would include titles by Ron Chernow for sure! Here, here, and here.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for a favorite memoir or biography.



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Let’s Get Social!

Thank you for visiting and reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along (see subscribe or follow option), promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

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Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings: #NonficNov 2021

November 8, 2021

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings #NonficNov 2021

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

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

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) – Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey

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

Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks

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

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Fiction and Nonfiction Book Pairings

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, I have several fiction/nonfiction book pairings to share with you! Although I have read all the fiction titles on this list, I have not read all the nonfiction titles. Some of the NF my husband has read and others are on my TBR. Can you add some of your favorite fiction/nonfiction pairs to this list?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

Fiction and Nonfiction Book Pairings

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S H A K E S P E A R E

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
paired with
Shakespeare: The Biography


9-11

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
paired with
The Only Place in the Sky by Garrett Graff or The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede


E S C A P E

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins or Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
paired with
The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee


R E F U G E E S

Inside Out and Back Again by Thannhha Lai or Other Words For Home by Jasmine Wanga or Refugee by Alan Gratz or The Boat People by Sharon Bala or The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
paired with
Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao


W W 1 1  T E C H N O L O G Y

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn or Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman
paired with
Geniuses at War by David A. Price


L A F A Y E T T E

The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray
paired with
Lafayette by Harlow Giles Unger


O V E R C O M I N G

Never Broken by Jewel or The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls or Educated by Tara Westover
paired with
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger or Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand


A M E R I C A N 
H I S T O R Y

Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
paired with
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
(then watch Hamilton the Musical!)


C E L E B R I T Y

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
paired with
Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh


E A R T H Q U A K E

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
paired with
1906 San Francisco Earthquake by Richard Hansen


A M E R I C A N 
H I S T O R Y

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
or Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG)
paired with
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham


W O R L D  W A R  1 1

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
paired with
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas


T R U E  C R I M E

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
paired with
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate or The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond


C O M P L I C A T E D  F A M I L Y 

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
paired with
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro


P H O T O G R A P H Y

Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange by Elise Hooper
paired with
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon


B I O G R A P H I C A L

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
paired with
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis


A B O L I T I O N  O F  S L A V E R Y

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
paired with
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas


F B I and Indigenous People

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
paired with
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann


A F G H A N I S T A N

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
paired with
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg



QOTD

I know you can help me add to this list!
I’d love to hear your suggestions for a fiction/nonfiction pair.

If you have a nonficnov post, please leave your link in comments.



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Let’s Get Social!

Thank you for visiting and reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along (see subscribe or follow option), promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

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The Day the World Came to Town [Book Review] #NonfictionNovember #NonficNov #NonfictionBookParty #NeverForget911

November 5, 2021

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (cover) Image: 2 adults and 2 children stand in a field watching a plane approach

Genre/Categories/Setting: Narrative Nonfiction, Historical Event, 9-11, Gander (Newfoundland)

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

What if one definition of a hero is simply one who treats a stranger as a member of the family or one who provides towels or toiletries, or offers a shower, or sits to talk, or provides a board game, or prays with or for you, or gives you a ride to town, or takes you to the local pub or shopping?

On 9-11, thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland (Canada). This is the inspiring story of how the people (the heroes) of Gander (a town of barely 10,000) cared for nearly 7,000 passengers with gestures of friendship, acts of kindness, and attitudes of goodwill at a moment’s notice.

My Thoughts:

(more…)

My Year in Nonfiction 2021 #NonficNov #NonfictionBookParty

November 1, 2021

My Year in Nonfiction 2021 #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) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction

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

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

Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks

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

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Year in Nonfiction: Nov 2020-Nov 2021

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

Well….this is embarrassing! My ten nonfiction reads fall significantly below my year’s goal of twenty. Three reflections on this number: 1. I’m doing a great deal of mood reading because of the lingering pandemic; 2. I haven’t come across that many NF titles that I’ve felt compelled to read; and 3. I read a majority of historical fiction, so I’m frequently immersed in history and spend time googling various events. Does anyone else feel like they’re reading nonfiction when reading well-researched histfic? This must count in some way, right?! It certainly feels like it does!

What is your favorite category of nonfiction?

I love narrative nonfiction.

“Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That’s material that I really like.”
~Rick Moody

From November to November!

For this post, I am counting my nonfiction reads from the beginning of November 2020 because those nonfiction reads were not represented in last year’s post. So my nonfiction year will be from November to November!

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

Today’s host is Rennie at What’s Nonfiction

My Year in NonFiction:

***Book titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my blog reviews.


A Variety of Memoirs!

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Open by Andre Agassi
The Answer Is…Reflections of My Life by Alex Trebek
Never Broken by Jewel


Historical Event

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (9-11).

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (cover) Image: a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) stand with their back to the camera watching a jetliner land


Topics/Issues (some are memoir adjacent)

Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee (Design)
Wintering by Katherine May (Rest and Retreat)
Everything Beautiful in its Time by Jenna Bush Hagar (Memories of Loved Ones)
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (the Writing Life)
Birth and Other Surprises by Kimberly Davis Basso (Humorous Parenting Essays)


Questions:

  1. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
    I think it has to be The Day The World Came to Town by Jim Defede. Fascinating human interest story about the small town of approximately 9,000 that suddenly hosted over 6,000 people on 9-11!
  2. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
    Because of the 20 year observance of 9-11, I have recommended The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede and The Only Place in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff the most frequently.
  3. Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
    Not really….I’m an incorrigible mood reader (even in nonfiction), but obviously I’m always attracted to thoughtful memoirs and biographies.
  4. What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
    I’m eager to read posts from other bloggers and add inspiring nonfiction titles to my 2022 TBR!


QOTD

I would love to hear all about your favorite nonfiction reads in the comments! If you could recommend ONE NF title for me, what would you recommend?

If you are participating in #NonficNov, please leave a link to your post in comments.



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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#NonficNov 2020: New Titles For My Nonfiction TBR

November 23, 2020

#NonficNov 2020: New Titles For My Nonfiction TBR

Nonfiction Nov 2020

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, and Shelf-Aware.

During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction 2020

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings 2020

Playing the Expert: Memoirs and Biographies 2020

New to My Nonfiction TBR (today’s post)

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Four New Nonfiction Titles For My TBR

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

I hope that you have enjoyed my focus on #NonFicNov and that you’ve found some new titles for your own TBR!

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Doing Dewey, I have four nonfiction titles that I’m adding to my TBR! These are not all new releases…just new to my TBR.

In Nonfiction November, have you added any nonfiction titles to your TBR?

***This post contains Amazon affilliate links.


M E M O I R

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir by Susan Cerulean

Thanks to Episode 295 of From the Front Porch (The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA) for the rec!

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird by Susan Cerulean (I(mage: one large and one small bird looking for food)


I N T R O V E R T S

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Thanks to Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books for reminding me that I have been wanting to read this one!

Quiet by Susan Cain (Cover: red lettering on a soft blue background)


B I O G R A P H Y

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thanks to Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe for reminding me of this book!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (black lettering on a neutral background)


M E M O I R

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger (cover) Image: black text on a white background and a black stemmed reddish flower is placed on the entire left margin

Thanks to Nicki @ The Secret Library Book Blog for the rec! I couldn’t wait to start this one and I’m almost finished! Look for a review soon.



QOTD

What have you read for Nonfiction November?

Have you added any nonfiction to your TBR?



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Nonfiction Books: Memoir/Biography #NonficNov

November 16, 2020

Nonfiction: Memoir/Biography #NonficNov

Nonfiction Nov 2020I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, and Shelf-Aware.

During November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction 2020

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings 2020

Be the Expert (today’s post)

Nonfiction TBR

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Nonfiction: Memoirs & Biographies

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

Playing The Expert: Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction, I am playing “the expert” and sharing books in a subgenre that I have read and highly recommend. These are my favorite memoir/biography recommendations. I chose them because they each share a personal story and help build my understanding of a specific life experience. Do you have a favorite memoir or biography?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

15 Favotite Memoirs & Biographies for #NonFicNov (Image: text over a tall stack of books on a blue painted wooden table)

Background Image Source: Canva

15 Favorite Memoirs and Biographies:

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

(My review of Girl With Seven Names here)

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (cover)

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

(I have just started this, but I already know it will be a favorite! Review coming soon)

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger (cover) Image: black text on a white background and a black stemmed reddish flower is placed on the entire left margin

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

A young readers version of Born a Crime here.

(My review of Born a Crime here.)

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

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

(My review of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone here)

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (cover)

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

(My review of Finding Chika here)

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom (cover)

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

(My review of Wait Till Next Year here)

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (cover) Image: an old professional baseball stadium

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

(My review of Hillbilly Elegy here)

Hillbilly Elegy (cover)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy movie here.

(My review of Just Mercy here)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 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)

Unbroken

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle movie.

(My review of Glass Castle here)

Glass Castle

Educated by Tara Westover

(My review of Educated here)

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

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

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

Tattoos on the Heart

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)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (childhood memoir) (MG)

(My review of Brown Girl Dreaming here)

Brown Girl Dreaming

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by Sampson Davis (The Three Doctors) (MG)

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

we beat the street



Related:

ICYMI: Here’s my post for last year’s “Playing the expert”: Nonfiction and Racial Injustice



QOTD:

See any favorites?

Have you read one of these titles?

I know you can help me add to this list! If my husband had helped with this list he would include titles by Ron Chernow for sure! Here, here, and here.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for a favorite memoir or biography.



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings: #NonficNov 2020

November 9, 2020

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings #NonficNov 2020

Nonfiction Nov 2020

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, and Shelf-Aware.

During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction 2020

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings (today’s post)

Be the Expert

New to My Nonfiction TBR

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Fiction and Nonfiction Book Pairings

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

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Julz Reads, I have thirteen fiction/nonfiction book pairings to share with you! Can you add to this list?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

13 Fiction & Nonfiction Book Pairings (Image: a top view of an assortment of hardcover books)

Image Source: Canva

***This post contains Amazon affilliate links.


D I S A S T E R!

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
paired with
The Only Place in the Sky by Garrett Graff

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Neissner (cover) White test on a blue background vordered on three corners with marigolds

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (cover)


E S C A P E !

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
paired with
The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (author)

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (cover)


Refugees

Inside Out and Back Again by Thannhha Lai and Refugee by Alan Gratz
paired with
Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao

Inside Out & Back Again y Thannha Lai (cover) ....a girl holding onto a tree trunk with one hand on a breezy day

Refugee by Alan Gratz (cover) a boy with his back to the camera in the hull of a small red boat on a stormy ocean)

A Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao (cover) Image: a mother holding a young girl in her arms...both smiling at the camera


A M E R I C A N 
H I S T O R Y

Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
paired with
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
(then watch Hamilton the Musical!)

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (cover)

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (cover) Image: a portrait of Hamilton


C E L E B R I T Y

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
paired with
Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

the Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (cover) Image: a woman wearing a hat and in a blue dress (holding a purse and a travel bag) walks beneath the propeller of a small aircraft

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (cover) black text over a blue and pink background (a seashell above the title)


A M E R I C A N 
H I S T O R Y

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
and Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG)
paired with
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (cover)

Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (cover)

Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power


W O R L D  W A R  1 1

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
paired with
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini (cover)

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


T R U E  C R I M E

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
paired with
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate and The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (cover)

Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate (cover) Image: a small girl stands on a cobblestone street holding a brown suitcase

The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond (cover) Image: a woman walks away from the camera holding the hands of two small girls


C O M P L I C A T E D  F A M I L Y 

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
paired with
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (cover) Image: black text oveer an kaleidoscope of pinkish/red leaves

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (cover) Image: white text over a baby's christening dress


P H O T O G R A P H Y

Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange by Elise Hooper
paired with
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon

Learning to See by Elise Hooper (cover) Image: a woman with a camera stands on top of a car, shading her eyes for a better view

Dorothea Langue: A Life Behond Limits by Linda Gordon (cover) Image: a woman sits on top of a car looking through a camera lens


B I O G R A P H I C A L

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
paired with
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (cover) Image: a woman in a red dress and red hat walks away from the camera

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis (cover) black and white image of roses on a white cover trimmed in gold


A B O L I T I O N  O F  S L A V E R Y

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
paired with
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas

The Intention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (cover) (white lettering over a goldish redish sky background) featuring a few small flying birds)

Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas (cover) Image: portrait of William Wilberforce


A F G H A N I S T A N

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
paired with
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (cover) Image: a woman and young firl in Arab dress walk across a desert

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg (cover) Image: school age kids hanging around next to a wall



QOTD

I know you can help me add to this list!
I’d love to hear your suggestions for a fiction/nonfiction pair.

If you have a nonficnov post, please leave your link in comments.



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

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Let’s Get Social!

Thank you for visiting and reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along (see subscribe or follow option), promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

Find me at:
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***Blogs posts may contain affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, I can earn a small percentage of your purchase price.

Unless explicitly stated that they are free, all books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library.

Book Cover and author photos are credited to Amazon or an author’s (or publisher’s) website.

© WWW. ReadingLadies.Com