Monday, November 28, 2016

Non-Fiction November: Ten Titles You Won't Want To Miss

For the entire month of November I've been meaning to share some non-fiction books I've enjoyed.  And here it is, the end of the month and I've yet to get around to it.  

The number of non-fiction books I read has increased dramatically over the years. At one point in my life, I read fiction nearly exclusively.  I still read a lot of fiction, but I love non-fiction, too.

Here are ten non-fiction titles you won't want to miss:

1.  Coop by Michael Perry - Perry lives in small-town Wisconsin and writes of his life there. He has several titles to his name and I've read and loved them all.

2.  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson - tells the story of the Great Migration.  Reads like fiction...don't be overwhelmed by the size of this one.

3.  Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin - considered self-help, this book has great advice but has so many stories that I feel like I know Rubin well.

4.  If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende - life in small town Alaska is interesting and I loved hearing about Lende's friends and family

5.  The Year of Living Biblically by A J Jacobs - Jacobs spends a year of his life trying to follow all the rules of the Bible. Entertaining and funny.

6.  The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson- Bryson writes fantastic non-fiction. This is his memoir of his Iowa childhood

7.  Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas- Dumas recounts her childhood as the daughter of Iranian immigrants. Although she tries to be American, her parents are happy to retain their roots.

8.  The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan - Corrigan is both a mother to young daughters and a daughter herself, caught in the middle, needing to take care of her aging parents while raising her family.

9.  Beautiful Boy by Daniel Sheff - Sheff's book is beautifully written, a father's story about a son he loves desperately, but who is addicted to drugs.

10. Sum It Up by Pat Summit - Summit has written a few books about her life and career. I appreciated the account of her childhood filled with hard work and determination.  Sadly, Summit died earlier this year of early onset Alzheimer's.

I'm always looking for more great non-fiction titles to add to my TBR. If you have any you'd like to share, I'm all ears.

1 comment:

Anne Bennett said...

I didn't realize A YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY was funny. Guess I'd better go find my copy and give it a try.