I love both nonfiction and fiction. The theme for this week’s Nonfiction November posts is book pairings.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman – Did you know that Wonder Woman, Amazon princess, was the invention of a man who was influenced strongly by early feminist theory and lived in a polyamorous relationship that included the niece of Margaret Sanger?
The Lost Sisterhood – What if a researcher into literature about Amazons was given an opportunity to prove that they were real and that her grandmother’s stories weren’t all crazy?
YA About African Girls
Taking Flight – Michaela Prince is an African girl with vitaligo who has to move to the United States to harness her true potential in dance.
Akata Witch – Sunny is an African-American girl with albinsim who has to move to Nigeria to harness her true potential in magic.
Female Civil War Spies
Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy – The story of four females spies in the Civil War.
The Spymistress – A historical fiction version of the story of Elizabeth Van Lew, one of the spies discussed in the nonfiction book.
White Woman Learning about Racism
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Waking Up White – The story of a woman who investigates what it means for her to have white privilege.
Calling Me Home – The story of a woman who was in an interracial relationship in her youth in segregated Kentucky and her relationship with her hairdresser in present day.
North Korea is a Scary Place
Somewhere Inside – The story of journalists held captive by the North Korean government.
The Orphan Master’s Son – The story of all of North Korea held captive.
Americans Go To France to Learn in the 1800s
The Greater Journey – The story of Americans in Paris in the 19th century to learn about art, politics, and medicine.
I Always Loved You – Historical fiction about American painter Mary Cassatt during the same period in France.
The War of the Whales – It is a fight between whale researchers and the U.S. Navy over sonar’s potential implication as a causing of whales dying.
Fluke – What would happen if the whales fought back?
How’s your Nonfiction November going so far?Â I posted three nonfiction reviews last week.
Post Traumatic Church Syndrome
After that, I’ve had a hard time settling into a new nonfiction book.Â My book picking mojo is way off.Â I am enjoying Don and Andy, a dual biography of Don Knotts and Andy Griffith, on audio though.
[…] Based on a True Story –Â If you likeÂ The Spymistress,Â readÂ Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy […]
I haven’t read either of The Civil War Spies books, but I’ve been intrigued with both! I’m hoping to check one of them out soon!
These are such great choices, Heather! I love the spy combo as well as the one that highlights racism; those books sound fantastic. Thanks so much and I look forward to more Nonfiction November!
The Orphan Master’s Son was a great book. I have to see if I can find a copy of Somewhere Inside. Great suggestions.
I’m ignoring all whale books at the moment because I’m reading Moby Dick and finding it…difficult. The rest of your pairings look super interesting though, I’m particularly excited to read Liar,Temptress,Soldier,Spy, but I’m definitely going to be adding the rest to my wishlists as well!
Moby Dick will put you off whale books for a while. It hated reading that in high school.
Another one in the North Korea is a scary place (love that category name, by the way!) is Without You, There is No Us. And I’m seeing a lot of Liar, Temptress (which I loved) around this week…with tons of different pairs!
These are all excellent, but I especially like White Woman Learning about Racism. Calling Me Home was wonderful and now I’m off to investigate Waking Up White.
Calling Me Home stressed me out when I read it. I just wanted to know that everyone was going to get out of it alive. Great book.
Excellent list! I am definitely going to look up the Secret History of Wonder Woman!
Fascinating! I especially like your second pairing.
I love your categories too! They’re all things I’d enjoy reading about 🙂
I loved the approach you took to this list! Definitely some books I had never heard of before and some I want to read.
Love your categories — so creative!