Nonfiction November 2021: Expert on Graphic nonfiction

Nonficnov 2021

#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Here is the topic for Week 3 (Nov. 15-19):
Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert
hosted by Veronica at The Thousand Book Project

Three ways to join in this week!
You can either share 3 or more books
on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert),
you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic
that you have been dying to read (ask the expert),
or you can create your own list of books
on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

I realized I quite often recommend some graphic nonfiction, so I decided to be the expert today on that. Plus, I think this genre needs better recognition. In my library, they are labeled as “nonfiction graphic novels”, which really doesn’t make any sense.

Here are a few categories.
Most of the graphic nonfiction books I have read are


Click on the covers to access my review/the book on Goodreads

  the provocative coletteChe

  Agatha The Real Life of Agatha Christie james joyce  

  audubon Monet

            Gandhi dalai lama

   Hedy Lamarr  Adventures of Hergé


These two are so good and so on target. Perfect ideas for Christmas gifts for book lovers:

  Book Love I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf  


Ichi-F is quite powerful! I don’t think I’ll ever forget that book.

  The American Dream Ichi-F


  Action Philosophers volume 1 Action Philosophers volume 2



39 thoughts on “Nonfiction November 2021: Expert on Graphic nonfiction

  1. What an excellent topic to choose (also: hooray, another person who shared more then three books). I do love the range of people’s choices – and you’ve got a great range within your category, too.


  2. I have not read any of these, but several look very interesting. I read the first graphic memoir by Shannon Hale called Real Friends. I enjoyed it and have learned that she currently has two more volumes.


  3. I just read The Adventures of Herge, but in German! I would like to read more graphic nonfiction – alas, here in the library I can mostly only access it in foreign languages, as my Kobo does not do well with this genre. Your suggestions all look wonderful. I can also recommend the classics Persepolis and Maus, Stitches by David Small (tough reading but amazing art), El Deafo, and Ce n’est pas toi que j’attendais by Fabien Toulmé.


    • Yes, I have a hard time with graphic novels or nonfiction as ebooks.
      I tried Persepolis years ago, and gave up, not sure why, I’ll have to try again.
      The artist of Maus was actually recently invited at La Grande Librairie, the weekly literary program on French tv! He was fascinating.
      Thanks for mentioning Stitches, I like the excerpt I just saw, and added it to my list! I also added El Deafo!

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      • Those are two incredible books. I just love it when artists can write about their own lives and also portray it in their art. It’s quite special to be able to do that.


        • My problem with graphic novels/nonfiction, is I am very picky with the graphic part. I like the illustrations to be very detailed and not looking like drafts. So if I don’t like the drawing style, I’ll not choose to read it, even though the writing content maybe fantastic.
          That’s the problem with us artists, lol (I paint)

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  4. I agree with you, Emma, that this genre needs a new name.

    I’ve just added several of these to my wish list. I have read and enjoyed several that would fall into this category: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World; Dragon Hoops; and Vincent.


  5. I read very little graphic fiction, but I am impressed by the titles here. I had not idea there were graphic books about such famous people. Will have to try some of them out.


  6. I enjoyed this post but yet again, my comment has disappeared, I don’t know what’s going on as all my comments have disappeared from all the WordPress blogs I’ve interacted with. Do let me know if it went into spam or something.


  7. What a fascinating expertise. I want to like graphic fiction and nonfiction but I don’t, in the end, find graphic works a good fit for me. I tend to get frustrated by trying to marry the words with the images. I was never much into comics as a child. I have given it a go a few times as my son was very keen on graphic fiction and nonfiction. He read many many graphic novels, but he also like nonfiction like Maus

    We have a few graphic writers – what do you call them? – in Australia and I have read a couple of their works, and am open to reading more. Some of those biographies you have listed intrigue me.


  8. Thanks for sharing! Honestly, I don’t read graphic novels ….but I have read one graphic biography! A YA graphic memoir called Hey Kiddo by author Jarrett J. Krosoczka.


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