The Nonfiction extravaganza continues this week! Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves is taking the lead with matching nonfiction and fiction titles. Don’t forget to check the other hosts: Katie at Doing Dewey, Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?, Julie at Julz Reads, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness.
My first suggestion is a match to two nonfiction reads: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann and Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot (thanks Eva at the Paperback Princess for this suggestion). So these two are extremely far apart as nonfiction books go but both were heartbreakingly sad in their own way. Both also had me thinking about the ways in which the Native American people have been hurt ever since being “discovered.” So for a fiction that is kick ass on behalf Native people and women in particular you MUST read Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhoarse. I finished the book and immediately put it on hold at the library for my husband to read – and he doesn’t read fantasy. I cannot wait for the next book to come out!!
This pairing feels a little random but this is the pairing in my head when I was reading Damnation Island – so maybe I’m just a little random. Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad & Criminal in 19th Century New York by Stacy Horn and Libba Bray’s Diviners Series. Book 2 of the Diviners, Lair of Dreams, is what linked for me with islands and mental hospitals – but I think this is a series worth diving into if you have time (they are loooooooong). New York and the divisions of class and race are at the forefront of both of these reads so while it might seem like a stretch I think they go together quite well. You might find them to be the cats pajamas!
I have one more bonus pairing! I started reading The Fruit of the Drunken Tree this morning – I know it is fiction but library holds don’t wait! This book about two childhoods in Columbia under Pablo Escabar is quite good so far and it is making me think of Mark Bowden’s excellent Killing Pablo. Highly recommended if you haven’t read that one!
Have you read any of these? Any match ups you can suggest for me?