Nonfiction November: Books I’ve Added to My To-Be-Read List

This week’s host for Nonfiction November is Katie @ Doing Dewey, and it’s about the nonfiction titles we’ve added to our TBR list this month. Below I’m highlighting just a few of the books I hope to read.

Here for It; Or How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas is a book described as “a poignant and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding his joy, and every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.” I don’t read a lot of essay collections but I’ve seen this book recommended frequently. Katie at Doing Dewey describes it as funny and hopeful while also addressing serious issues. The audiobook is narrated by the author, always a bonus.

A particularly relevant topic right now is Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright. This was described by Introverted Reader as her favorite nonfiction read this year.

The way the brain works is a topic that always fascinates me. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk was recommended by Lory at Emerald City Book Review as an important book about the way trauma clouds our thinking.

Catch and Kill: Lie, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow is about another topic, sexual assault, that I feel is really important. This book, recommended by Kristin Kraves Books, is about systemic sexual abuse in Hollywood and the beginnings of the Me Too movement.

I got a lot of other good recommendations, so thanks to the other bloggers who participated in Nonfiction November, and to our four hosts! You can find links to the other “new to my TBR” posts here.

  19 comments for “Nonfiction November: Books I’ve Added to My To-Be-Read List

  1. November 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    So glad that you added Catch and Kill to your TBR! It is incredible on audio.

    I also really want to read Get Well Soon and Here For It!

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Kristin – I’ll check out the audio version. I just got Get Well Soon from the library and really enjoyed the introduction. How sad that this book, just written a couple of years ago, feels so relevant today.

  2. notesbyj
    November 27, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Non fiction is a genre I need to read a lot more of. Non fiction November sounds really interesting and very relevant right now! The body keeps the score also sounds good and I might add it to my tbr list. I also find the brain really interesting

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:25 am

      Nonfiction November is a great event, partly because all four weekly topics are easy to write to and I think they stay pretty stable from year to year. I’ve gotten so many good recommendations. Plus I find nonfiction really hard to review, so this is an easier way to write about it.

  3. November 28, 2020 at 8:59 am

    I’m glad I was able to interest you in The Body Keeps the Score. I hope it will be a good addition to your reading about how the brain works.

    Here For It sounds great! I will need to check that out too.

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:26 am

      I can see that a lot of other bloggers were interested in this book, and the Sacks one too. Thanks for the great suggestions! I guess reading about health and the body seems pretty relevant today.

  4. November 28, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Here For It is one of the best books I read this year, I loved it. I’m looking forward to The Body Keeps the Score too, and curious about Get Well Soon.

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:29 am

      I’m glad you loved Here For It! I don’t read essay collections much but I’m looking forward to this one, and it seems like it will be a perfect audiobook. I just got Get Well Soon and it’s already fascinating — and I appreciate that the author has a sense of humor about plague.

  5. November 28, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Some of these will be perfect options for next year’s Nonfiction Reading Challenge;)

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:34 am

      That’s right! I’m happy to see you’ve already posted the challenge topics. Disease and essay collection will certainly be covered. I’m looking forward to it!

  6. November 28, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I’m fascinated by the mechanics of the brain too so am making a note of The Body Keeps The Score

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:39 am

      I can see a lot of bloggers are interested in that one! Lory always has good recommendations, and there is so much we don’t know about the brain that it’s a fascinating subject. The Brain That Changes Itself is another one you might look at.

  7. tracybham
    November 29, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Get Well Soon sounds very good. I have been concentrating on reading about the 1918 pandemic but this one goes back further.

    • November 29, 2020 at 7:36 am

      I think Get Well Soon will be great. You’re right, it covers a lot of different plagues, starting out with Roman times. I know there are a lot of good books about the 1918 pandemic. If you’re interested in fiction, Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars was excellent.

  8. November 29, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Ooh, I read Here For It and loved it, so I’d be tempted to revisit it as an audiobook! I love books narrated by their authors, so I appreciate you putting out this is one of those. And I’ve added both Catch and Kill and Get Well Soon to my to-read list too 🙂

    • November 30, 2020 at 7:43 am

      I’m glad you loved Here For It! I’ve heard so many good things about it. Catch and Kill is also read by its author, and I hear it’s also very good as an audiobook.

  9. November 30, 2020 at 4:49 am

    I don’t read much non-fiction but Catch and Kill does sound good.

    • November 30, 2020 at 7:44 am

      I’ve been reading a lot more nonfiction in recent years, and I’ve gotten a lot out of it. If you read Catch and Kill, I hope you like it.

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