In the spirit of "better late than never," here is my first post for Nonfiction November. Week One is hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness,
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party by Daniel James Brown was an absolutely riveting read, definitely my favorite nonfiction.
What nonfiction books have you recommended the most?
I recommend The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson all the time. I read it so many years ago that many of the details are forgotten, but the main story, and the incredible writing have stuck with me. And last year I read Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped and just couldn't stop recommending it and talking about it and reading passages out loud to innocent passers by.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven't read enough yet?
I love the graphic novel format, and there are so many books now that combine visual art or the graphic novel format and nonfiction writing (memoir, history, essay). I'm very interested in this form and would like to explore it.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
September and October were dominated by my work life--so much so that I didn't post a single review for more than a month. And I felt awful: overwhelmed, isolated, burdened by the demands of work. I want to reconnect with my reading life and the reading community. I hope to get around to people's posts and see what everyone is reading, and get some ideas for books to add to my list.
For this month (and probably into the end of the year) I will be reading some of the nonfiction titles that have been sitting on my TBR shelf. Here are a few on my list:
Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David Von Drehle
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences by Janet Casagrande
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
What are your favorite nonfiction books?