Nonfiction November Week 1
Hello Friends! It’s time for the first blog prompt hosted by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction. Make sure to visit her post HERE and link your post too! Let’s get into it!
WEEK 1 Discussion Questions
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
My favorite nonfiction reads (so far…)
The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper
In her 2020 memoir, Dr. Michele Harper writes about treating gunshot wounds, discovering evidence of child abuse — and drawing courage from her patients as she’s struggled to overcome her own traumatic and violent childhood.
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
In this emotional story – the author recalls her childhood and how her memories of cooking and eating Korean food with her mom are both painful and healing. It’s a beautifully written tribute to the power of family and food.
Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal by Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz
This was a thorough and fascinating look at the recent college admissions scandal. Beginning with how Rick Singer began his career as a counselor and mentor, it is a complicated story with many, many players. Besides the entitlement and privilege and using wealth to get ahead, the heartbreaking part was reading how these smart and talented kids felt when they realized their parents didn’t believe they could do it on their own merits.
Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond
This is one of those books where it’s easy to forget that it’s NONFICTION! Cheryl Diamond’s memoir is the most shocking and absorbing true story I’ve read in a long time. The survivor of serious psychological and physical abuse, Cheryl shares her lifelong struggle to discover her true self in this disturbing yet inspiring story.
Topics and Goals
I tend to gravitate towards memoirs and survivor stories. People that overcome incredible challenges always interest me. I’m also fascinated by oddly specific, deep dives into seemingly mundane topics.
I’ve been neglecting this blog (and posting reviews if I’m being honest), so this month is just the kick in the pants I need to get posting again.
I’m looking forward to learning more about the different sub-genres of nonfiction (like graphic memoirs) and I expect my TBR to double or triple in size!
*PRO TIP: Start writing your week 5 wrap-up post NOW – I add to it all month long!
What is your favorite nonfiction read(s) of the year (so far?)
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