Friday, November 30, 2018

Nonfiction November Week #5: It's a Wrap

Nonfiction November is wrapping up this week with a look at books added to our reading lists.
Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (hosted by 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.

Let's begin with Nonfiction titles I've read this month... all were recommended by fellow bloggers and/or Nonfiction November participants:

Recommended by Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer, this was a 5-star read and a nonfiction favorite this year. My brief revere is here.

by Trevor Noah, narrated by the author
Plenty of bloggers list this among their nonfiction favorites. It's been in my audible library for quite some time and is my book club's December selection. I can't wait for the discussion... it should be a good one.

by Kelly Corrigan, narrated by the author
This book was mentioned by so many  bloggers in their "My Year in Nonfiction" posts, including Susie at Novel Visits, Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves, and Melissa Firman among others. It was a very good audio, but keep the tissues handy.

Lift by Kelly Corrigan, narrated by the author
This short book (under two hours on audio) was recommended by my friend Les at Coastal Horizons. I listened to it immediately after finishing Tell Me More. That may have reduced its impact, but Lift was still a worthwhile listening experience.

by Elinor Lipman, narrated by the author
I've been a fan of Lipman's fiction for years, but never knew she wrote nonfiction until Penny at Literary Hoarders mentioned this title. I immediately downloaded it from my library via hoopla... loved every essay!

by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Clemantime Wamariya was just six years old when she, along with her fifteen-year-old sister, fled their Rwandan village, spent another six years in refugee camps and wandering around Africa, before finally landing in the United States. This book tells her story. I learned about it earlier this month fromTara at Running 'n Reading and Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves.

Some Additions to my TBR list:

The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
(recommended by Tara at Running 'n Reading)

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
 (Robin at A Fondness For Reading)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
(Katie at Doing Dewey)

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy (Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves)

The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More by Annie Raser-Rowland,  Adam Grubb (Louise at A Strong Belief in Wicker)

God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
(What's Nonfiction?)

My Nonfiction November Posts:

Nonfiction November Week #1: My Year in Nonfiction
Nonfiction November Week #3: Reading About Race

And finally, thank you to our hosts:

Katie at Doing Dewey
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves
Julz at JulzReads
Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness
Rennie at What’s Nonfiction

I appreciate your time and effort... this is my favorite blogging event of the year!


  1. You read/listened to some wonderful selections for the month. You're so right about the tissues for Tell Me More. I loved the combination of laughter and tears that her essays delivered.

    On to that end of the year push!

    1. Susie - Nonfiction November is the best. I started to focus on essays mid month... not my original plan, but wonderful reading/listening!

  2. I like Corrigan's work and somehow missed Lift. I also want to read The Girl Who Smiled Beads.

    1. Kathy - I will definitely seek out Corrigan's earlier work.

  3. TELL ME MORE is one I picked up this month at the library and I can't wait to dive into it.

    1. Kelly - You're in for a treat, but be sure to keep the tissues handy!

  4. Yes, I am so glad you loved The Radium Girls!!! I can't recommend that one enough.

    1. Angela - My sister is reading The Radium Girls now and loving it. Mom says she's next :)

  5. My own disappointment with myself is that I rarely read nonfiction. I envy those who you! I promise myself I will someday...soon.

    1. Patty - I've read some great nonfiction this year. Radium Girls will be a favorite and the essays have been wonderful, too... but I think everyone should just read what makes them happy :)

  6. So many titles to add to my list! My nonfiction month was a bit of a bust but still enjoyed so much focus on nonfiction as it's not my usual go to and I am always on the look for recommendations.

    1. Iliana - I got SO MANY recommendations last month! Hope to read many of them before next year's event.

  7. You have me interested in Radium Girls and Beads too. There were a few nonfiction I got to & liked this year: The Tennis Partner (Verghese), Bird by Bird (Lamott), Promise Me Dad (Biden), ... among others. Enjoy your Dec.

    1. Susan - The Radium Girls was by far the better of the two books! I read Bird by Bird years ago and am interested in Biden's book. So much great nonfiction out there.

  8. I haven't read any Kelly Corrigan, but Tell Me More is on my TBR list. I think I'll add Lift, too.

    1. Monika - I preferred Tell Me More, and now plan to check out Corrigan's earlier books.


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