Non-Fiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

Non-Fiction News and Resources

  • I found this article about truth and subjectivity in non-fiction writing very insightful. Personally, some of my favorite non-fiction is that where the author is willing to address uncertainty or say “we just don’t know”
  • Having read good things about this year’s non-fiction Pulitzer Prize winner in this review from Sophie at Paper Breathers, I was particularly interested to read this interview with author Dan Fagin
  • And since this is apparently a slow week for non-fiction news, on to the books coming out this week:
    • In the Shadow of Islam
    • Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking
    • The Admiral and the Ambassador: One Man’s Obsessive Search for the Body of John Paul Jones
    • The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World

  

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  1. tanya

    I’ve been on a bit of a non-fiction bender lately. Both books come out in May, so I will have something for you then!
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    • Wonderful! I actually would like to get back to non-fiction a bit more myself. For some reason, most of my review requests are fiction and they can be hard to say no to, so then I end having a lot of fiction reviews scheduled. Hopefully I’ll do better about leaving myself time to grab non-fiction on a whim in the next few months :)

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  2. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    Love the point about being able to say “we just don’t know.” I ESPECIALLY appreciate that in non-fiction reads that have to do with faith/religion. I get really suspicious if they seem to have all the answers, kwim?
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    • Thanks Monika :) That part of non-fiction always reminds me of being a tutor. When you’re responsible for teaching someone something, I think it’s very important to be able to admit you don’t know since making something up or feigning certainty can lead to someone else being misinformed. I agree with you about this being especially true about books having to do with religion! Perhaps about other tough topics too, like politics and self-help. It’s just not plausible that someone would know everything on a topic like that!

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  3. Shay

    I really like this non-fiction Friday feature! I’ve been slacking on non-fiction lately because I have so many novels in the queue, so I linked up my last non-fiction post from earlier this month. Hopefully this will be a good reminder not to neglect my non-fiction TBR pile.
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  4. Sophie

    Eep, thanks for sharing my review, Katie! :D

    In that first article, I found Thurman’s comment about writing biographies quite hilarious: “… you grow sick of writing about your subject, you start to resent them because you feel like their handmaid, just waiting on them, devoting your life to their life, and those feelings of bitterness can sneak into your writing.” Why do people write biographies again? And I do like the subjectivity and uncertainty in non-fiction; I like reading about the author’s opinion (backed up by research), but also the other side of the story.

    The Sound Book sounds interesting, and it’s a nice complement to I Can Hear You Whisper, another sound-related book I just started reading. Like Shay, I’ve been slacking on my non-fiction reads and reviews, haha. :P
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    • No problem! I thought it was a great review and wouldn’t really have noticed Toms River if I hadn’t read it.

      I thought that was a fun quote too :) I hate when I read non-fiction which is clearly completely biased. Of course the author is allowed to have an opinion, but as you said, it’s nice to hear the other side of the story too. I read non-fiction to learn and if I only know one side of an issue.

      You and me both! Hopefully all of us will get to some more non-fiction soon :)

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