Sunday, November 12, 2017

Non-Fiction November Week 3: Be the Expert, Ask the Expert, Become the Expert

It's already week three of Non-Fiction November -- the month is positively flying by! This week's link-up prompt is Be The Expert (share books you've read and would recommend), Ask the Expert (ask for suggestions on a specific topic), Become the Expert (create a list of books on a subject you'd like to read).

This was a bit of an overwhelming topic for me because, as it turns out, my non-fiction reading is all over the place. There aren't one or two topics that I find especially interesting -- I've got everything from the Middle East and North Korea to celebrity memoirs to books about race and the invention of the birth control pill on my lists, and I really could not bear to narrow things down.

So instead, I put my own little twist on the prompt. I chose eight subjects and listed one book I've read and would recommend, along with three that are on my to-read list (and even this was difficult to whittle down -- I have sooooo many good-looking non-fiction books on my TBR!). And if you have any recommendations based on the books below, I would absolutely love to hear them!

Today's link-up is hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness.


Read and recommend:
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan (review)

Want to read:
A Dog Called Hope: A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him by Jason Morgan
Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub


Read and recommend:
The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton

Want to read:
American Wolf: The True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures With Bumblebees by Dave Goulson


Read and recommend:
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (review)

Want to read:
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette by Hampton Sides
Walking the Nile by Levison Wood
Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey Into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon by Paul Rosolie


Read and recommend:
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

Want to read:
How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
The Radium Girls: The Dark History of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan


Read and recommend:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (review)

Want to read:
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek
The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist by Tanya Byron
The Real Doctor Will See You Now: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy


Read and recommend:
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (review)

Want to read:
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Young


Read and recommend:
My Life in France by Julia Child (review)

Want to read:
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia by Lisa Dickey
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson


Read and recommend:
Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (review)

Want to read:
Ashley's War: The Untold Stry of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Tough As They Come by SSG Travis Mills


  1. I'd say medicine, science and travel are the topics I'm most interested in when it comes to non-fiction. Also biographies... I read 'When Breath Becomes Air' this year and in my edition was a commercial for 'Do No Harm' by neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. Totally unexpectedly this became a 5 star read for me, I was really fascinated. Another 5 star read for me this year was Trevor Noah's 'Born A Crime'.

  2. Wow, that's a lot of ideas! I love your topics, and recognize a few books.

    Try Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowatt for the wolf/coyote section. Written in the 1960s set in northern Canada.

    Loved I Contain Multitudes and Packing for Mars! You should enjoy them. I also loved Lab Girl.

  3. I recommend Pit Bull, How To Be a Victorian, and Packing for Mars, though I'm not an expert on any of those topics (or anything whatsoever, come to think of it.)

  4. This is such a comprehensive post! Any one of these could have been an excellent list alone -- and many are ones I am curious about myself. I love the way a great nonfiction book can send you down a rabbit hole to find other books on similar topics. The Last Castle was a really fun read. Thanks for joining us for Nonfiction November this week!

  5. Valiant Ambition was a good one! I will be adding I Contain Multitudes to my TBR. Have you heard of The Poisoner's Handbook? That might be a good addition to your Science section.


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