Truths and Tales: Nonfiction Book Pairing

This week’s Nonfiction November prompt is geared at pairing fiction and nonfiction books with common themes, which makes for some fantastic recommendations.

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Our Endless Numbered Days and Pilgrim’s Wilderness

Though the specific circumstances are different, there are many eerie similarities between the secluded father and daughter in Claire Fuller’s novel Our Endless Numbered Days and the real life family living way off the grid in Tom Kizzia’s Pilgrim’s Wilderness.

Shotgun Lovesongs and The Hard Way on Purpose

There’s just something about small town, Midwest/Rust Belt life that’s familiar, even between towns hundreds of miles apart. Both Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler and The Hard Way on Purpose by David Giffels get to the heart of that feeling, through fiction and nontfiction essays.

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The Enchanted and Just Mercy

The heartbreaking world of life on death row is captured in Rene Denfield’s novel The Enchanted, while Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy fights against it. Both books can be emotionally tough, but beautiful and important reads.

Frog Music and Alice + Freda Forever

Though Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music is based on another real life story, it shares a similar time and tone with the nonfiction tale of Victorian love and murder in Alice + Freda Forever.