Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

nonficnovIt is now the second week of Nonfiction November and this week Leslie is hosting the second week by posting a new topic to explore. Let’s check it out:

Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be an “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.

This was a tough one for me because I don’t read a lot of nonfiction so I had to think about some of the books that I’ve read not just in this year but years past. I was going to suggest something on journaling but that sort of led me to think about art and then I remembered a wonderful book I read years ago, Letters of Vincent van Gogh by Mark Roskill.

This was a compilation of Vincent van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists so this book was a really a fascinating look at his life. You can read more of my thoughts here.

I thought about a book to pair this with and there are a lot of novels about artists but one that comes to mind that would be perfect to pair with this is Life Studies by Susan Vreeland. This is a collection of 17 stories that explores the lives, loves and art of some of the great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists.

So while it is not just about Vincent van Gogh you do get to read about some of his other contemporaries. Unfortunately when I updated my blog a couple of years ago some of my reviews didn’t quite get uploaded and I can’t find my review of this one but take it from me, I it’s a good one. Life Studies was one of my favorite reads in 2008.

What are some of your favorite Nonfiction Book Pairings?

  1. November 12, 2015
  2. November 13, 2015
  3. November 16, 2015