It’s time for that classic Nonfiction November prompt – the book pairing! Our host this week is Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, so if you post some book pairings, be sure to go share it in the link-up on her blog. In the past, we’ve typically focused the book pairing on a fiction/nonfiction recommendation, but this year, Rennie is broadening our horizons with some other suggestions for a pairing.
Book Pairing :This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title (or another nonfiction!). 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. Or pair a book with a podcast, film or documentary, TV show, etc. on the same topic or stories that pair together.
The People Behind the Science
My first pairing is of Hope Jahren’s memoir Lab Girl, about her work studying trees, with Love on the Brain, an enemies-to-lovers romance featuring two scientists. Hope Jahren’s book doesn’t include any element of romance, although it does focus on her close friendship with her research partner, Bill. What these books do have in common though, is that both show the personal struggles and ambitions that come with being a scientist – perhaps with a bit of added drama in the fiction!
Women in Film
My second pairing is from the reading on women in film that I did earlier this year. The Animators is the story of two women who work together as indie film makers for decades before suddenly making it big. The Wrong Kind of Women was a perfect pairing with this book because it shows the structural barriers and technological developments that make it more likely women will have careers outside of the big studios.