5 Recommendations for Nonfiction November


Since it’s Nonfiction November 2017 I decided to share 5 of my nonfiction favorites. 

1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking By Susan Cain 

This book is exactly as it’s advertised. It discusses introversion, what traits make a person an introvert, and what makes an introvert different from an extrovert. Most importantly this book discusses how there are many systems in place that tend to favor the extrovert in the classroom as well as the office. All the group work in the classroom and office place are put into place with extroverts being the ideal workplace and classroom personality. This was an extremely interesting read and I would recommend it to anybody either to understand yourself or to understand the other half of the world’s population.

E82074BC-C02C-47F2-9EB3-A46FF25DC8F82. The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin 

This book tells two parallel stories about two different men in two different time periods. It relates the lives of the man who wrote the cello suites J.S. Bach and the man who rediscovered them, Pablo Casals. Both stories are incredibly interesting. Bach’s story always makes for a fascinating read, he was nowhere near as boring as people often believe. But Pablo Casals story was just as interesting. Being a musician myself it was interesting to read about his practice habits and why he incorporated them into his practice routine. I would recommend this book to any music lover.

3. Jane Austen: A Life by Carol Shields

This small book is great for beginning nonfiction readers or readers looking into reading some nonfiction after a long break (I’ve been there). This book is short and extremely readable. It gives a concise recounting of Jane Austen’s life and family and how that affected her novels.

4. The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands 

Lately, I have been on a bit of a Grant/civil war kick lately. This was the first Grant related book I read and it was what started out my obsession with U.S. Grant (or Hiram Ulysses Grant). I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I think for this particular biography I would recommend listening to the audiobook. This book gives no particularly new information, but it is a well-written account of Grant’s life. What I particularly liked about this book was that it doesn’t get too caught up in the battle scenes but still does a good job of giving just enough information, so that you still get an overview to know what happened. This book is one of the recent books about Grant that takes a more positive look at his president. Which looked at in a more modern perspective his presidency was definitely more positive than his critics made it seem.

5. A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter  by William Deresiewicz

Another Jane Austen book on this list. However, Jane Austen by Carol Shields was primarily a biography about Jane Austen’s life while this book looks at different relatable themes that are present in her novels and writings. These themes are what makes Austen’s novels so incredibly timeless. A Jane Austen Education is an extremely quick and fun read, especially for any Janeites out there. The author does an excellent job in describing what makes Jane’s novels so enjoyable.


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