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NonFictionNovember: Temptations Galore

Non Fiction November should be accompanied by a warning: this event will cause serious damage to your bank balance and book shelves.

I love reading the posts and comments on each week’s topics but oh boy does this mean I get tempted to buy and buy and buy. My letter box is going to be working overtime in the next few weeks as a result.

As we wrap up Non Fiction November for this year, one of our hosts – Katie at DoingDewey is prompting us to talk about the books that have made it onto our TBR lists and piles as a result of the month.

Most of the books I’ve bought on put on my wishlist for the future came as a result of my appeal for books about pandemics and the migrant experience. I also asked for suggestions of knock out memoirs, on a par with Michelle Obama’s Becoming.

Newly arrived non fiction: more expected in a few days

Pandemics

Bought:

The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata: bought on the recommendation of Tracy @ Bitterteaandmystery.

Added to the wishlist:

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry

Pandemic 1918 by Catharine Arnold

Migrant Experience

Bought:

The Good Immigrant UK. Recommended by Liz @Adventures in Reading, this is a collection of essays by black, Asian and minority ethnic voices that explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ .

Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozella. The story of desperately poor female runner from Somalia who went missing attempting to escape to Europe. As recommended by Bill @theaustralianlegend

On the recommendation of Carol @thereadingladies: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee: a memoir of a girl who defected from North Korea. This will be a good companion to In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park that I read earlier this year.

Added to the wishlist:

Two Sisters, A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Åsne Seierstad, recommended by Carol @ cas d’intérêt

Debbie @Exurbanis recommended Peace by Chocolate, an account written by Jon Tattrie of a Syrian family who settled in Canada where they began to make chocolate. Unfortunately the book is not yet available in the UK. I’m keeping fingers crossed that the author does manage to get a deal with a UK publisher.

Memoirs

Bought:

On the recommendation of Carol @thereadingladies: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee: a memoir of a girl who defected from North Korea.

I’ve also bought A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa , another defector for North Korea. These will be a good companion to In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park that I read earlier this year.

The Choice by Edith Eger, another recommendation by Carol. This one is about a woman who was a ballet dancer imprisoned in a concentration camp. The book explores her life, details of which she was afraid to share with family and friends.

On the wishlist:

Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins recommended In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, a memoir of domestic abuse between two women. This is on my list to Santa (not sure if he reads my blog but am hoping he gets the message).

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