This week the topic is fiction and nonfiction book pairings. Let me just say it was harder for me than I thought. I usually do pretty well coming up with read-alikes but when the nonfiction resource vault is on the empty side, creativity is at play.
Leslie at Regular Rumination is hosting this week and originally suggested pairing a fiction book with a nonfiction book. But then she had some great alternatives of pairing two nonfiction books and/or one fiction book with multiple nonfiction reads. I think this is much easier with children’s book because that’s what I did for years in my lessons and teachers are constantly finding a multitude of literature and resources to compliment classroom topics. So anyway, here we go with a little back and forth:
I fell hard for Euphoria by Lily King last year and still haven’t found a book similar covering topics of social science, women scientists, a love triangle and beautiful prose. I also became fascinated with the fictionalized story of Margaret Mead. Hopefully Coming of Age in Samoa will do the trick.
Out Of Africa by Isak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen) swept me away many years ago. To hear that a historical fiction book came out this year about the other woman Denys spent time with has me interested greatly. I hope to get to Circling the Sun by Paula McLain before year’s end.
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg is still a challenging book to recommend to people without scaring them off with topics of death and tragedy. For some reason, though, I didn’t fall to pieces. I’ve had Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking on my shelf for years and her number one fan at my work keeps telling me to read it already!
The Little House in the Big Woods series was/is a fave so I’m going with two: I never completely finished Pioneer Girl, but what I’ve read was excellent. The book is HUGE, not one to easily lug around. The second came out this year titled The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck where he chronicles the experience of him and his brother traveling the 2,000 mile trail in a covered wagon with mules. I think this one would be good on audio also.