What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
I've read nine nonfiction books this year, and by far I've enjoyed Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates the most. It was such an important, well-written, thoughtful book, it continues to resonate with me. Several of the nonfiction books I've picked up this year have been hard for me to review in full, so you can read some minis here.
Besides Between the World and Me, I find myself recommending Lucy Knisley's latest graphic memoirs quite often. Overall, I enjoyed An Age of License, but I favored Displacement. I'm not sure I ever reviewed it (a theme this year), so here are some short thoughts:
I was completely won over. This one is about a cruise she takes with her grandparents because their health and mental states are in decline, and they need someone to help them on the trip. Lucy volunteers, and the experience is both enlightening for her and nearly heartbreaking. This one struck home so acutely for me having watched my own grandparents' decline and helping take care of them in their later years. A beautiful, beautiful book about the happiness, love, frustration, guilt and other emotions wrapped up in facing our own mortality and the mortality of those we love.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam, by G. Willow Wilson, I find myself wanting to tackle more memoirs dealing with religion or religious conversion. It's such a personal matter, reading Wilson's experience was so so moving, and I feel the need to delve into more. The first book that comes to mind is Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber, so that might be next.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
There are a few specific books on my stacks I'd like to read, and apparently, given how long they've been there, I need a little push. Namely, I want to tackle March: Book One by John Robert Lewis, et al.