Happy Non-Fiction November! I’m so excited that Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie of Regular Rumination have put together this monthly event to celebrate a genre that can sometimes get lost in the book blogging world. Though I have tons of non-fiction favorites, I’m trying to save up some for posts later in the month and limit myself to two.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
I owe all of my non-fiction love to this book. As a political science and history major in college, I spent so much time focused on “school” books, that I didn’t realize there was a wealth of insanely interesting books in my subject area until after I graduated. Erik Larson does such an incredible job blending the architectural and cultural history of the World’s Fair with the haunting story of H.H. Holmes that The Devil in the White City reads much like a novel – except it’s filled with random facts!
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
I read this collection of advice column essays for the first time earlier this year and have since read it no fewer than three times. Cheryl Strayed, writing as the anonymous Sugar, delivers beautiful, heart-wrenching responses that just make so much sense. Tiny Beautiful Things is so much more than advice, it’s a tiny, beautiful handbook for adulthood. Read it without crying. I dare you. (To tie into yesterday’s post on The Best Bookish Podcasts, Episode 9 of Literary Disco is focused on Tiny Beautiful things and it’s wonderful.)