Top Ten Nonfiction Books Added to My TBR

This week, I’m combining Top Ten Tuesday (this week’s topic: top ten books on my winter TBR) with Nonfiction November’s New to My TBR.

First, here are the nonfiction books I meant to read this month, and still plan to read:

  • We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What Happened by Hillary Clinton
  • Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
  • Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

Here are four new nonfiction books I’ve added to my TBR, thanks to this month’s event:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, recommended by Sophisticated Dorkiness (about the unauthorized use of Lacks’ cells in medical research).
  • Code Girls by Liza Mundy, recommended by Musings of a Literary Wanderer (about the American women code-breakers of World War II)
  • The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, recommended by Books are my Favourite and Best (about neuroplasticity and triumphs in brain science).
  • How Dare the Sun Rise by Sondra Uwiringiyamana, recommended by Based on a True Story (about a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism).

Finally, here are two books about communication, which I’m interested in learning more about:

  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face by Alan Alda (a recommendation from my mom)
  • Tell Me More: Stories about the Twelve Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan (picked up from NetGalley)

So those are the new nonfiction books on my TBR list.  Thanks to our hosts of Nonfiction November for a great event!  I hope you picked up some ideas for your reading list too.

  20 comments for “Top Ten Nonfiction Books Added to My TBR

  1. November 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Thanks for the mention!
    I also added Henrietta Lacks to the TBR stack.

    • November 28, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      I’m hearing that a lot about the Henrietta Lacks book, I’m looking forward to reading it. The book you recommended on brain science looks fascinating (and on the positive side too, unlike so many books I’m reading).

  2. November 28, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I don’t read much non-fiction, but I’m always on the lookout for good books to read. I’ll have to check some of these out. I love Alan Alda and I actually have his book around here somewhere …
    Happy TTT!

    • November 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Susan – I don’t read a lot of nonfiction myself, but this year I’ve been reading more than usual. It’s my own way of resisting, I guess. I got a lot of good recommendations through this event.

  3. November 28, 2017 at 11:34 am

    All of your books sound so good! How Dare The Sun Rise and The Brain That Changes Itself are on my list, too.

  4. November 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Henrietta Lacks is a great book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

  5. November 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I have Henrietta Lacks on my TBR shelf and hope to read it soon. Looks terrific. I love books like Code Girls, so I may have to pick up a copy myself. I’m not sure I could bear to read the book by Hilary Clinton–I’m still in denial.

    • November 28, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Yes, Henrietta Lacks sounds great and so many people have recommended it. I do think Clinton’s book will be a tough read. I visited Bletchley Park in September and I’m fascinated by the role women played in World War II (pilots, factory workers, spies, etc.) so Code Girls sounds perfect.

  6. November 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    The Henrietta Lacks book was great. I have the Alan Alda book on my TBR list, too. And I just bought “The River of Consciousness,” a book of essays, published posthumously, by the great neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. Happy reading!

    • November 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      The Alan Alda book is a recommendation from my mom actually, but it fits right in with my effort to improve my listening and communication skills. That’ll be next month’s resolution. I’ve never read Sacks but I probably should. Enjoy!

  7. November 28, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Loved how you combined both topics! You’ve put together a great list – some of these are also on mine!

  8. November 29, 2017 at 10:48 am
  9. November 29, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Code Girls looks like an amazing read, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been on my TBR for a while now.

  10. November 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. My last book club read it a few years ago and it’s really interesting. Hope you enjoy all your books.

    Have a wonderful week.

  11. November 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the mention! I can’t wait to read Code Girls!

  12. December 8, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I need more non-fiction in my reading life! CODE GIRLS sounds really good. I’ve had THE IMMORTAL LIFE … on my TBR list for a long time, but I STILL haven’t gotten around to it. One of these days …


  13. December 10, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I loved Code Girls so much! Glad to see it on your list 🙂

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