Nonfiction November 2021: Book Pairings

Nonficnov 2021

#NonficNov
#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Here is the topic for Week 2 (Nov. 8-12):
Book Pairings
hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey

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.

Today, I’m offering you 3 novels paired with 3 nonfiction books I read this year

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BOOK PAIRING #1

RUSSIAN LITERATURE

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain  And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon: Essential Stories
VERDICT: A good sample of strange and disorienting short stories of the Russian master in the genre.
The Nose
is one of the stories studied and brilliantly presented by George Saunders – as part of his classes on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University.
And it is one of Gogol’s stories offered in this new collection.

BOOK PAIRING #2

INDIAN-ANGLO LITERATURE

Languages of Truth Quichotte

Quichotte:
VERDICT: Brilliant take on Don Quixote. Tragicomedy on our society and where it’s going.
I finally discovered Salman Rushdie’s brilliant mind and writing last year.
So this year I decided to read this amazing collection of essays.
And in case you are interested, even though it’s not nonfiction, you might want to join us in our readalong of The Satanic Verses.

BOOK PAIRING #3

FRENCH LITERATURE

Looking for The Stranger  The Meursault Investigation

The Meursault Investigation:
I could obviously have paired it with the novel itself, The Stranger by Camus, which you probably all know.
But you may not know The Meursault Investigation:
A fascinating rereading of The Stranger by Camus, opening up to broader historico-social perspectives, and casting a harsh light on the events of yesterday and today.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE OTHER BOOK PAIRINGS
RELATED TO THESE CATEGORIES?

28 thoughts on “Nonfiction November 2021: Book Pairings

  1. Excellent pairings! I WILL read The Meursault Investigation soon. And I’m recommending Looking for the Stranger to my ebook library, hopefully they’ll acquire it and I can read it too.

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  2. What an interesting set of matchups. I have never read Salmon Rushdie, but I like your approach to reading him. And Camus intimidates me, but again, this is a creative, interesting way to approach an author, especially one that fills me with trepidation.

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