#NonficNov: Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing

November 6, 2019 Uncategorized 12

Wow, it has been a week! I’m loving reading everyone’s nonfiction intro posts and just wish it weren’t such a busy work week so I could spend even more time enjoying the Nonfiction November fun. I am finally making time to respond to this week’s discussion prompt though. Our host this week is Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves and you can share a response to the prompt any time this week. You can also link up your nonfiction reviews over at Sarah’s blog.

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Sometimes I come up with a ton of pairings for this post, but since I’m writing this at 10pm after just finishing work, today I’m going to give you just the one. It’s a really good one though! I had a ton of fun reading a fictional account of depression era photography Dorothy Lange’s life and then reading her biography. I also paired the biography with several books of her photography. The whole thing made for an immersive reading experience I’d love to replicate. Here are the books I paired:

This was a unique story about an amazing woman and a fascinating time period, made even more awesome by the associated photographs. (my review)



A fantastic, detailed, personal biography. (my review)

12 Responses to “#NonficNov: Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing”

    • DoingDewey

      She was such an interesting person! I was particularly interested in how she balanced career and family at a time when no one seemed to even consider the possibility of her husbands (first or second) taking on any family responsibilities.

    • DoingDewey

      I hadn’t heard of her before reading the fiction half of this pairing for a blog tour, but it immediately made me want to know more. She had such a fascinating career and at a time when that was still treated as unusual for a woman.

  1. Angela

    Great pairing! One of my favorite things to do is pair a biography of someone with a fictionalized account of their life.

    • DoingDewey

      I really like doing this too! The fiction can fill in the emotional side of the story, which might not be known in much detail, and from the nonfiction you can learn what parts of the fictional story to believe 🙂

  2. Liz Dexter

    Oh, this is a good pairing. I don’t really like fictionalised accounts of people’s lives (but judging by the amount of them around, many people do!) so I’d zoom in on the non-fic there. I’m really enjoying seeing all the diverse pairings, though!

    • DoingDewey

      To each their own! The nonfiction part of this pairing was fantastic. The author had a lot of primary sources to work with, so you don’t even lose much on Dorothea’s thoughts and emotions by sticking to the nonfiction.

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