Q: What do you get when you combine today's Top Ten Tuesday topic with Nonfiction November?
A: My recommendations for book club-worthy nonfiction
The books below are nonfiction on a variety of topics. I've read them all and have discussed most with my book club. They have sparked some of the liveliest, most far-reaching discussions we've had over the past (almost) twenty years.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
This is the first nonfiction title I remember discussing with our group... sometime back in the late 90s. It prompted us to begin selecting nonfiction on a regular basis.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
One of my favorites this year, the book club will discuss it in the spring... and hear the author speak!
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
A difficult read at times, but a very lively and emotional discussion.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Subtitled An African Childhood... it's good to discuss lives far different from our own.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Our most well-attended meeting last year, and a truly exceptional discussion.
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
Popular culture meets book discussion... we enjoyed talking about differences between the book and the series.
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
A memoir that provided a few ideas for future selections.
Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss
A fascinating look at the food industry, this book made all of us angry.
Probably too long for all but the most Kennedy-obsessed reader, but an excellent book nonetheless. I highly recommend the audio version.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
Quindlen is a favorite, especially her nonfiction. We all loved this memoir/essay collection.
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
Self-discovery through travel... discussion quickly veered to our own travel experiences.
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
A personal favorite, but my book club also loved this look at 1960 America. The audio is excellent.
Have you read any of these books? What are some of your nonfiction favorites?
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