This week's topic for Nonfiction November, hosted by Doing Dewey, is all about our nonfiction favorites. I have to be honest, I haven't read enough nonfiction in recent years to have too many favorites, but I'll try my best!
It's hard to say what makes any book, regardless of genre, a favorite for me. There's something about the story and the writing style that just appeals to me. I enjoy both light-hearted and darker stories, really just depending on my mood. There are certain topics I gravitate towards in fiction, and the same could be said for nonfiction. I tend to read memoirs more than other sub-genres, although I wouldn't really say that any memoirs have been favorites for me, except for one.
Into Thin Air is an account by journalist Jon Krakauer of the 1996 disaster on Mt. Everest. This book was riveting, informative, and emotional.
I tend to enjoy nonfiction that reads like fiction, and that's probably why I enjoy Erik Larson's books so much. Larson has written several nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics, but I am always drawn in by his writing style: although obviously well-researched, his stories are never dry. Even if you're not a nonfiction fan, you've probably heard of Larson's Devil in the White City, about the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 interspersed with the chilling story of serial killer H.H. Holmes. Larson has also written about the US ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitler; the sinking of the Lusitania; the Galveston hurricane of 1900; and Marconi's invention of the wireless telegraph.
If any of these topics interest you, I would highly recommend Larson's books. He has a huge talent for blending history, science, and great story-telling.
Have you read any of these?