Nonfiction November: Books I’ve Read.

So…apparently it’s nonfiction November, a book tag where you read more nonfiction books in the month of November so that more people can discover more true books. I think I knew about this before, but I kind of forgot about it until now. So…I don’t really have any nonfiction books ready to pick up and read at my fingertips. Maybe I’ll grab one off the library shelf and read it in November just because.

To compromise then, I’m going to post some books that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past that happen to be nonfiction. If you’ve read some of these, let me know if you liked them as well. Or if not, tell me why you didn’t like them!

1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

I read this about a year after it was published. Though short, it’s very poignant yet heart wrenching at the same time. The author is within a few minutes of graduating and becoming a full fledged doctor when he is diagnosed with cancer. He takes some time off to fight the disease and when he goes into remission, he completes his residency and has a baby. Unfortunately, a few months after his daughter’s birth, his cancer returns and he dies not long after.

He talks about how and why he decided to become a doctor and why we should examine ourselves as to what makes life more worthwhile.

2. The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

The sister of Chris McCandless, the subject of a more famous novel Into the Wild (Krakauer), Carine talks about their childhood, her adult life, and why she believes her brother made the sanest photos of all time. I liked this book more than the original book because Carine is more personable and open about the choices they’ve made in their lives and made them more human.

3. The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret by Catherine Bailey

When the 9th Duke of Rutland dies in the family archives room, his son orders the room to be sealed and there no one has entered for over 60 years until the author, a historian is granted permission to enter in order to research local men who joined the service during the war. There she discovered a secret about the duke that would shake common beliefs about the family.

4. The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser

Rebecca Musser was born into a fundamentalist Mormon faith who followed the Jeffs family out in Utah. When the elder Jeffs died, Warren Jeffs took the helm of leadership and Rebecca finds herself to be the next of many women forced to marry him. It is an eye opening experience of how a polygamous family works and how the men influence their power to keep people within the faith. Scary, yet empowering that she was able to escape and face her adversaries.

5. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

When his mother learns she is dying from cancer, she and her son Will Schwalbe form a book club to discuss books and come together as mother and son. It gives them something to talk about as she is receiving treatments and staying overnight in the hospital. The bond even helps extend her life to a certain degree. Charming, inspiring, and heart warming, it’s a book for those who love books and the human connection.

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