Nonfiction November – Book Pairings

It’s Nonfiction November, this week hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves. The task? Pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.

I had so much fun with this topic last year and although I feared I’d exhausted my ideas, I’ve managed a few more pairings –

Ireland divided – Lost Lives by David McKittrick / Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard

Reality TV and love – Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman / Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I don’t know what a Fascist looks like but… The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary Lovell / Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford

Dementia, memory and identity – Lost and Found by Jules Montague / Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy

A story told through trees – The Hidden Lives of Trees by Peter Wohlleben / Eucalyptus by Murray Bail


30 responses

    • Given I don’t read heaps of nonfiction, I start with the nonfiction title and match it to fiction, rather than the other way around. This is my favourite week of nonfiction November 🙂

  1. This is great fun! I have a pairings post scheduled for Wednesday and have mostly focused on a dementia theme (not the same books as you, though – whew!), so I’ll be sure to link back to yours. I’m very interested in your tree books, too. When I read a nonfiction book all about fig trees recently, someone on Goodreads recommended the Murray Bail.

  2. My sister gave me a copy of Lovell’s The Sisters several years ago. I’m sure she picked it for the title, because neither of us had ever heard of the Mitfords. Of course, I loved the book and, of course, I found I’m surrounded by references to the Mitfords all the time.

  3. I really enjoyed The Hidden Life of Trees (though I had a few nitpictky things). I’ll take a look at Eucalyptus. I have never seen an episode of the Bachler/Bachelorette.

  4. Ooo, nice pairings! You’re much better than me, I only feel confident in posting one a year, hehe. I have a memoir by someone with early-onset Alzheimer’s on my TBR this month so I’ll have to check out Elizabeth is Missing to go with.

  5. Typically, I’ve read all the fiction and none of the non-fiction, with one exception: I’ve never heard of the Kevin and Sadie stories about Ireland. Great pairings though. I think the Eligible and The Bachelor one would be a lot of fun!

  6. Ohhh you had me at Sadie & Kevin!
    I loved that series sooooooooooooo much when I was a teen, even though I knew next to nothing (at the time) about the Irish issues.

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