Nonfiction November – Oh, the Possibilities

NonfictionNovember-e1506979820517I’ve been looking through some possible reads for Nonfiction November and holy cow, there is so much amazing stuff out there!  TBRs stress me out (“I promised to read it, I must read it… therefore I cannot get motivated to read it”, gah) so here’s a list of possibilities, instead:

More Recent Releases

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts by Caitlin Brodnick
Born Both: An Intersex Life by Hida Viloria

Medical Nonfiction

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story by Jon Kerstetter
Letters to a Young Doctor by Richard Selzer


The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar

Japanese Nonfiction in Progress

ニューヨークのとけない魔法 by 岡田光世 (Under the Spell of New York by Mitsuyo Okada) – Two to three page essays about her experience moving to New York from Japan in adulthood. My spare moments read.

死にゆく患者と、どう話すか by 明智龍男 (loosely translated: How Do You Talk with the Dying? by Tatsuo Akechi) – A nursing school seminar in book form that I’m reading for work.

A question for you guys – I want to read Maggie Nelson (I’m sure I’ll love her) but have no idea where to start.  Which of her books would you recommend reading first? The Argonauts and The Red Parts are on my radar.

6 thoughts on “Nonfiction November – Oh, the Possibilities

  1. What a great list! I love how varied your picks are. I’ve only read two, Solace of Open Spaces (I highly recommend it, it’s one of the best things I’ve read this year) and Nickel and Dimed, which I also liked a lot. Looking forward to your reviews!

    1. Thanks! I’m hoping that the variety means I’ll always have something to read, no matter my mood. So glad to hear that you like Solace of Open Spaces, I’ll definitely have to pick it up!

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