It is Week 2 of Nonfiction November and is hosted at Julz of JulzReads.
This week we are to pair a fiction and nonfiction book:
“It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.”
I have chosen 4 fiction books I own and have read and have paired them with a nonfiction book I would like to read to gain more insight into the novels I read.
- Fiction: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Nonfiction: My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Both books deal with brain trauma ( the first with alzheimers, the second with stroke)and how each cope with the changes to their brain.
2. Fiction: The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
Nonfiction: 1715: The Great Jacobite Rebellion by Daniel Szechi
Kearsley’s book is a dual timeline novel, that takes us back to 1715 Wales, where Jacobite loyalty is considered treason. I’d love to learn more about the 1715 rebellion.
- 3. Fiction: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline
Nonfiction: Orphan Trains by Rebecca Langston-George.
The idea of orphaned children loaded onto trains and taken across the US to new homes in the Midwest is a disturbing one. Yet it happened for many years, often with tragic results. It happened in Nazi Germany as well and even with the children at the border in recent years.
4. Fiction: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
Nonfiction: The Comfort Women by C. Sarah Soh
The history of the comfort women is such a horrific one and it took too long for the truth, and compensation, to be given to the women who suffered such horror from Japanese soldiers.
I’m intrigued by your comfort women pairing, it’s not something I’ve heard of, I’m adding both books to my WTR list, thank you.
Thanks Shelleyrae. t was such a disturbing piece of history that took a long time to come to light.
Nice pairings – The Comfort Women would be an interesting read.
Thanks Cathy. History few would ever want repeated.
Fascinating pairings. I have to look into the first.
Mine are here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/11/10/nonfiction-november-2020-book-pairings/
Thanks. It was a fun challenge.
I love this idea of pairing a fiction with a nonfiction book.
Thanks Linda. I often will look up info when reading historical fiction especially
My Stroke of Insight sounds fascinating. My son had an in-utero stroke and so it is of personal interest to me as well.
Thanks Erin. Hope he is doing well now.
Still Alice was such a good read. Thanks for the nonfiction suggestion. All of your pairs sound really good!
Thanks Monika. So many great reads.
So many of us enjoyed Orphan Train. I bet lots will also like Orphan Trains.
Thanks Deb. I hope to read it.
I really enjoyed Still Alice and that does seem like a good one to pair with some nonfiction! I think Brain on Fire could be a good pairing too 🙂
Thanks. The image sure is evocative.
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