Nonfiction November – Nov 6-10

I’m participating in Nonfiction November which is being hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Lory (Emerald City Book Review) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness).  Each week, a different host will offer a writing prompt pertaining to nonfiction books and reading.

For Week 2 (Nov. 6 to 10), Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Shelves invites us to pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.”

Here are three combinations that come to mind:

In these times, I think there’s no better pairing than What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s reflections on the 2016 presidential campaign with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, because I honest-to-God believe that’s where we’re headed. And it terrifies the hell out of me.

The Floating World, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, shows the Boisdoré family emotionally adrift from their community and each other. It would pair well with Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink’s harrowing account of the storm’s impact on patients, families and the medical team at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in August 2005.

Thirty years after its publication, And the Band Played On by journalist Randy Shilts is still the definitive account about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and a book everyone should read. So is The Heart’s Invisible Furies, a novel by John Boyne which spans seven decades. I’ve been recommending this to everyone.

Do you have a fiction and nonfiction book pairing to suggest?

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6 thoughts on “Nonfiction November – Nov 6-10

  1. Catherine

    What a perfect and horrifying pairing with What Happened and The Handmaid’s Tale. I agree completely and every day it seems that much closer.

    I also love your choice for The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I used it as well, but from the perspective of Ireland and the Catholic church.

    Wonderful job on all of these! My pairings are at my site if you want to check them out.

  2. JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Well you’ve just added to my reading list! I loved one book in each of your pairing, so of course must read the other. And the Band Played On is one of the best nonfiction titles I’ve ever read, and The Heart’s Invisible Furies is near the top of my tbr list… considering it for my first book of 2018. I’ll certainly read Hillary’s book before too much longer, and need to investigate The Floating World, an unfamiliar title.

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I have Floating World sitting on my Kindle and need to get to it…I loved 5 Days at Memorial. And I just read Heart’s Invisible Furies and it’s one of my favorites of the year. I guess I need to read And the Band Played On!

  4. Angela

    Your hurricane aftermath pairing sounds heartbreaking, both of the stories! You might like Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson, which is about the hurricane in Galveston, TX in 1900.

  5. Lindsay

    I just picked up “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” from the library today! I’ll have to keep your non-fiction pairing in mind for after I read it!

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