It’s that time of year. As we begin to hunker down under the blankets as the cold weather becomes the norm, it’s time to pull out those nonfiction books that we always mean to get to but never do. Although I am on a strong and successful fiction run, here are a few titles that are on my radar for this month:
Books Already Started But Haven’t Finished:
When I am on a trip, I love to buy a book that represents something significant about the area I’m visiting. I’m not sure what it means that both of these books are “trip souvenirs”, and I haven’t finished them!
Deep Down Dark: This is the book I brought home from Chile this last summer. Although it is an in depth and fascinating look at the Chilean mining disaster, a fiction book always seems to be diverting my attention.
1 Dead in Attic: I brought this book back from a New Orleans trip a few years ago. I was drawn in by the individual stories of Hurricane Katrina at the time, but again, I think fiction drew me away. I’d love to finish it up this month!
Books On My Shelves:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: I’ve heard so many great things about this book about an African American woman who is used in the name of science without her consent. I’ve been told that I will love it, but I still haven’t quite gotten to it!
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War: I have always been drawn to Karen Abbott’s writing. She always reads more like fiction than nonfiction to me. I think the size of this one keeps me from reading about how women acted as spies in the Civil War.
Books on My EReader:
I am such a sucker for the daily deals on Kindle. I have so many books that will take me years to get to, but here are some that may come up this month:
Men We Reaped: I just finished a Jesmyn Ward novel, and her writing is stunning. I am intrigued by this memoir in which she discusses losing 5 men in her life in a short period of time.
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family: The story of a transgender girl and how her identical twin and the rest of her family cope with the changes the occur in Nicole.
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House: I totally want to hear more about Barack Obama, his days before his presidency, what it was like in his White House. This book gets great reviews and is supposed to be quite entertaining!
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World: Who doesn’t want to gain some insight and wisdom from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu? I know I’m open to the possibilities!
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House: I am so curious about what life is like in the White House behind closed doors. I love knowing details about the inner workings as well as the ins and outs of relationships that exist.
Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing: A collection of writing from both men and women behind bars and how they struggle to keep their humanity.
I could add even more books to this list, but this is a good sampling. I can’t possibly read all of these, but these are probably the most likely candidates. I will keep you all posted!
What are you going to read for Nonfiction November? Anything you think I’m missing out on that should be a must read for me?