Nonfiction November: My Year 2016 in Nonfiction

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Doing Dewey is organizing a fun month around nonfiction! I plan to participate a bit. Here is the topic for week 1:

Your Year in Nonfiction:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

First of all, here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted):

France/French authors:

  1. La cache, by Christophe Boltanski – ebook
  2. How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel, by Pierre Bayard
  3. Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, by Suzanne Mustacich – audiobook
  4. Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past, by Patrick Alexander
  5. Pancakes in Paris, by Craig Carlson – ebook, for review. Review coming soon


  1. Toward the Endless Day: The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, by Olga Lossky
  2. Orthodox Spirituality, by Dumitru Staniloae
  3. Patristic Theology, by John Romanides
  4. Saint Innocent, Apostle to America, by Paul D. Garrett
  5. The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke Archbishop of Simferopol


  1. In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  2. The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer – ebook, for review. I ended up buying a print copy
  3. James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner, by Alfonso Zapico
  4. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti

NB: I should be able to finish one more, it will also be a book on Orthodoxy

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Complete Review Guide

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What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

    Complete Review Guide  pancakes-in-paris

What is one topic or type of nonfiction
you haven’t read enough of yet?

As usual, current issues!
Next year, I also plan to go systematically through all the nonfiction on my TBR

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and good titles unknown to me.



Book review: Toward the Endless Day – I love France 183

 Toward the Endless Day:
The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel


Toward the endless day

Author: Olga Lossly
Translator: Jerry Ryan
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Release date: 2010
“Vers le jour sans déclin”
was first released in French in 2007
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780-268-03385-9
Genre: Nonfiction/
History – Byzantine & Orthodox
Religion & Theology – Christianity


Visit the publisher’s page for Table of Contents, Reviews, and  Excerpt



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Until 1582, all Christians used to celebrate Easter  on the same date. That year, a new calendar was adopted in Western countries, leading then Catholics and others to calculate the date of Easter in a different way from the Orthodox, who kept to the original calculation.
Henceforth, some years, in 2017 for instance, Easter is celebrated by all on the same date.
This year 2016, the Orthodox Pascha will be celebrated on May 1st! Therefore, as our Catholic brothers and sisters are almost done with Lent, today is actually the very first day of Lent for Eastern Orthodox Christians.
I’d like then to wish a Blessed Great Lent to all Eastern Orthodox Christians, on this “Clean Monday“.
This is another interesting difference: whereas the beginning of Lent is on Ash Wednesday for Catholics, when they receive on the forehead a dark mark made of ashes to remind them of death, the Great Orthodox Lent starts with Clean Monday (Καθαρά Δευτέρα): along with a service of mutual forgiveness the day before in Church (Forgiveness Sunday), they are invited today, through a strict fast, to start this blessed liturgical time with a “katharsis”, a cleansing of their conscience and renewed love.

I chose this day to present to you a unique person, in fact the most important woman Orthodox theologian of the 20th century. She happens to have lived most of her life in France. Unfortunately, she is not too well known in the United States, not even among Orthodox Christians, even though Towards The Endless Day, her biography, was already translated and published in English six years ago!
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