And just like that, Nonfiction November is already drawing to a close! Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you had a great reading month and got lots of new ideas for your next nonfiction reads!
Speaking of which, that brings us to our last topic:
Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (Katie @ Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!
I added so, so many. Here are my big ones (title links to the blogger who wrote about it):
The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare – Introspective writing on making it through winter.
If Only They Didn’t Speak English by Jon Sopel (I already bought this one, I can’t control myself around this topic) – BBC editor gives his perspective in “notes from Trump’s America”.
The Burglar Was Caught by a Skeleton by Jeremy Clay – Curious Victorian news stories.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen – A renowned writer searches for the snow leopard in the Himalayas.
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison – Wide-ranging essays around topics of empathy.
An Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales – Investigation of “how ordinary people endure the unthinkable” after their worst day has come and gone.
Blood in the Water by Heather Thompson – Account of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.
Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger – A journalist travels cross-country exploring ice cream and its history, its devotees, etc.
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre – A British doctor takes on medical hoaxes, misleading ideas and methods and is both informative and funny while doing it.
Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello – Essays on famous animals “immortalized by humans”.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty – A culinary historian explores issues of race and cuisine between Africa and America.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – The incomparable Jon Krakauer reports on a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana.
How to Live Like Your Cat by Stéphane Garnier – To borrow from the description: “LET YOUR CAT BE YOUR LIFE COACH.”
The Burning of Bridget Cleary by Angela Bourke – Cultural/social history of Ireland in 1895, told through the lens of the murder of an independent young woman.
Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York by Stacy Horn – History of New York City’s Blackwell (now Roosevelt) Island.
Eyes of The Tailless Animals: Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Woman by Soon OK Lee – Story of a North Korean refugee who survived political prison.
From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847–1928 by Julia P. Gelardi – Group biography of several Romanov women.
Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey – Memoir of an OCD sufferer.
Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions by Chloe Rhodes – A walk through some superstitions that sounds surprisingly fun.
Waking the Tempests: Ordinary Life in the New Russia by Eleanor Randolph – A reporter shows how ordinary Russians tried to cope post-Communism in the 1990s.
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession by David Grann – Grann’s New Yorker long-form journalism that seems clustered particularly around obsessions. (I already bought this one too, as I’m also unable to resist investigative journalism and stories of people obsessed.)
Aside from Infidel, which I’ve already read and highly recommend, and Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, which was already on my reading list, I want to check out nearly all of the titles on Maphead’s list of “books by women who’ve walked away from their respective faiths”. This was such a thought-provoking topic and well curated list!
Did we add any of the same titles? Have you read any of these already? What books that you discovered this month are you especially excited for?