Nonfiction November: New to My TBR


It’s been another great month of reading and sharing through Nonfiction November and just like last year the recommendations have been fantastic. Though I’m already up to my ears in nonfiction I’m wanting to read, these definitely grabbed my attention:

Though I drifted from my original plans a bit, I read much more nonfiction than I regularly would in a given month and most of it was written by women.

  • Our Declaration by Danielle Allen
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
  • On Immunity by Eula Biss
  • Severed by Frances Larson
  • I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum
  • Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson
  • Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

Thanks to Kim, Leslie, Rebecca and Katie for a fantastic event!


  • The Unpersuadables looks great. I hadn’t heard of it before.

  • Wesley

    Oh, Unnatural Selection is officially on my TBR. Thanks!

  • Your read list is longer than your to be read list. I’m fairly certain that if there was a win/lose of Nonfiction November that would mean you won. Well done, I’m impressed.

  • Sarah Says Read

    Oooooo more to add to my TBR list.

  • What a great month, I’m impressed with the amount of non-fiction you got through

  • I hadn’t heard of A Chosen Exile yet. Racial passing is definitely a subject that deserves a good historical analysis. I’ll look forward to your thoughts, if you read that one!

  • Big yes to The Inconvenient Indian — it’s a polemic, but a really excellent polemic. Thomas King has a remarkable gift for being incandescently angry without wearing you out with it.

  • Did you get to the Empathy Exams? What did you think of that one? I’m curious about it a bit.

    • I did! I really liked many of the essays individually, but I had a hard time finding the string of empathy running through many of them…it seemed a little like Jamison was trying to force a collection of her essays into the mold of empathy rather than writing to fit the theme, if that makes sense. I think I was expecting a bit more based on some of the raves I heard, but I’m glad I read it.