Hello! Around these parts we’re still celebrating Nonfiction November! I finally finished Dracula last week so have started All Joy and No Fun on paper and The Walmart Effect on audio. I’ve had a really great nonfiction year so far and I look forward to squeezing in a few more books before the end of the year!
Week Two Nonfiction November: Book Pairing! Leslie of Regular Rumination asks us to match a fiction book with a nonfiction book that you would recommend.
This was a tough topic for me last year and I finally just went with broad topics for the ultimate guiding to finding a nonfiction title. This year I tried to think of nonfiction books I’ve read and then match them with fiction books with similar topics. Perhaps I’m reaching a bit on some of these!
Five Fiction to Nonfiction Book Pairings
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro vs Crimes of Paris by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
The Art Forger and Crimes of Paris are about two different time periods, two different cities, two different paintings, and two different crimes but both discuss fine art, museums, and are fascinating in their own rights. While The Art Forger is much more about the characters involved and Crimes of Paris is much more about crime during the turn of the century in Paris, both are great stories of art capers. (My thoughts on The Art Forger | My thoughts on Crimes of Paris).
Dracula by Bram Stoker vs. Immunity by Eula Biss
What the heck do vampires and vaccinations/immunity have in common? Well, Eula Biss has all kinds of theories about this! I listened to On Immunity before I read Dracula and wish that the order had been reversed because Biss talks a great deal about Dracula. On Immunity reads a bit like literary criticism of Dracula and would make a great follow-up read of this spooky classic. (My thoughts on On Immunity).
In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. In Packing for Mars, Mary Roach explains what it takes to become an astronaut and what it might take for someone to travel to mars. Both rely heavily on science, though there is a bit of humor included in each. Plus, they both make great audiobooks! (My thoughts on The Martian | My thoughts on Packing for Mars).
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett vs. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Both State of Wonder and The Lost City of Z revolve around the search for something elusive and perhaps mythical in the Amazon. Both are great books and The Lost City of Z is the perfect case of “truth is stranger than fiction.” (My thoughts on The Lost City of Z).
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close vs. Tiny Beautiful Things
Ok ok ok, so maybe I just wanted to include Tiny Beautiful Things on this list because I love it so much and want everyone to read it. Perhaps the only thing these two books have in common is that they will make you feel all the feels, but just because Tiny Beautiful Things is billed as an advice book, you shouldn’t let that turn you off. It is so much more than that. In fact, read both of them. Let them wash over you. Feel all the feels and then push these books into everyone else’s hands as well. (My thoughts on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close | My thoughts on Tiny Beautiful Things).
Have you read any of these? What fiction to nonfiction pairings would you recommend?