Nonfiction November: New to My TBR Link-Up

Posted November 28, 2016 by Lory in events / 32 Comments

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It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR.

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

More than ever, I’m looking for nonfiction books that expand my view of the world and illuminate unfamiliar perspectives. Here are just a few of the books I’m inspired to read now, with many thanks to the bloggers who brought them to my attention:

  • Lab Girl recommended by Doing Dewey: “It gives the best idea of what it’s like to do science in academia of any book I’ve read, but it was also accessible, moving, and beautifully written.”
  • Hillbilly Elegy recommended by Sarah’s Book Shelves: “It achieves a delicate balance of entertaining dysfunctional childhood memoir and social analysis that’s pertinent to this election cycle.”
  • Nothing to Envy recommended by Novels and Nonfiction: “The stories of despair and love, unity and self-sufficiency, family and individual survival are compelling, terribly sad and at the same time hugely revealing of the state of affairs in North Korea over the past two decades.”
  • In Other Words recommended by Words and Peace: “Even if English is your only language, I think this would be a remarkable exposure for you, a discovery of the world of languages, and maybe a gentle incentive to learn another one.”
  • Committed recommended by Reading the End: “Committed provides an insightful, balanced look at the many complex factors that influence involuntary mental health care. If you’re remotely interested in mental health or civil liberties, I highly recommend this excellent book.”
  • On Living recommended by Books on the Table: “Hospice chaplain Egan has written a beautiful and inspiring book about her experiences working with dying patients.”
  • Dark Money recommended by ipsofactodotme: “This was just plain ‘scary’ ! Wealth has given the super-rich the power to steer the economic and political direction of the United States and undermine its democracy.

I’m also interested in reading the NYT’s list of Six books to help understand Trump’s win, as suggested by Hibernator’s Library. If you’d like to join us, check out Rachel’s post.

Below, you can link up your own posts — whether they are answers to this week’s topic, or reviews of nonfiction books — and I’ll do a round-up on Friday, December 2.

Thanks to everyone who participated this month; I so much appreciated the chance to share it with you. And thanks to Doing Dewey, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Hibernator’s Library, and JulzReads for hosting. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit their posts for even more great nonfiction suggestions.

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32 responses to “Nonfiction November: New to My TBR Link-Up

  1. Ooh, thanks for linking to that NYT book list as well, I somehow missed that. This month has been kind of a wild ride for my to-read list, with both Nonfiction November and various other nonsense happening in the world.

  2. You’ve got a pretty serious list of books that will definitely widen world views. Good choices. And thanks for the call-out to my group-read.

  3. Yay – glad Hillbilly Elegy made it onto your list! And Lab Girl is on my TBR as well – it was actually one I was planning to read this month, but I never made it off the library hold list! I’ll link up my post tomorrow.

    • Aren’t we lucky that there are so many interesting and brave and intelligent people in the world, writing books for us to read?

  4. The Readalong of the 6 books to help understand Trump’s win sounds interesting – and tempting. I’ll certainly be following along even if I don’t end up reading along. I would like to read Hillbilly Elegy, though. It’s been around a lot lately, and everything I’ve heard about it has been positive. I’d also love to read Nothing To Envy.
    Dark Money sounds too depressing.
    I can second Katie’s recommendation for Lab Girl!

    • I might not read all of them either, or maybe not all this year, but I’ll be very interested in the discussion.

  5. Several of us added Lab Girl. It isn’t at all a book that I would have picked up on my own, but I am very much looking forward to reading it now. I look forward to the discussions through the read along starting up in January. I haven’t decided whether or not it will be something I will officially join, but it would be nice to have meaningful open conversation with other readers. A couple of those books are on my TBR anyway.
    Thank you so much for hosting. I thoroughly enjoyed my first round with Nonfiction November, and look forward to doing it again next time.

  6. So many of these sound amazing! I saw Lab Girl at the library the other day, and now I am wishing I scooped it up! I have been on the waiting list for Hillbilly Elegy for a month now : ( hopefully I’ll get it soon. I hadn’t heard of “On Living” but I usually enjoy books like it, so I’ll be checking that one out soon. Thanks for the recommendations!

  7. >>More than ever, I’m looking for nonfiction books that expand my view of the world and illuminate unfamiliar perspectives.

    Thisssssss, and in particular, I want to discover pockets of knowledge of which I’ve been ignorant in the past. There are so many of them! How will I ever catch up?

    • We can’t! I think that’s one of the hardest but most amazing things to accept about being human: we will never arrive or be finished, yet we can keep striving anyway.

    • I’m glad to see another recommendation for both of those! Yes, so many great books…do I really need to sleep?

  8. I read Lab Girl straight through during last month’s Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. And I absolutely loved it. It is a great story about pursuing your dream no matter what. And her writing style is interesting and engaging.

    This looked like a wonderful month of nonfiction reading!

    • It definitely was. Well, I didn’t do a lot of actual nonfiction reading, but I certainly gathered more than enough recommendations to keep me busy for the next 11 months.