For this week’s Nonfiction November post we turn to host Katie at Doing Dewey. Today I’ll be addressing Nonfiction Favorites: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular ways a story can be told or particular writing styles that you love? Do you look for a light, humorous approach or do you prefer a more serious tone? Let us know what qualities make you add a nonfiction book to your list of favorites.
I think the most important thing for me is that a nonfiction read has to seem like a story. I want to learn new things and reading interesting facts, no doubt, but I don’t want to feel like I’m reading a textbook. I want the writer to transport me to another city, timeframe and/or circumstances. Here are some books that I would rank as some of my favorite nonfiction reads in the past couple of years:
While The City Slept by Eli Sanders. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter’s gripping account of one young man’s path to murder–and a wake-up call for mental health care in America.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.
I can’t wait to see what others have listed as their favorites. Let me know if you’ve read some of these.