Thursday, November 19, 2020

Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

Week 4: (November 23-27)   Katie’s rounding things up with New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! 


Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff, recommended by The Writerly Reader.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman, recommended by Lexlingua.

Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick by George Cotlin, recommended by The Writerly Reader.

The Details: On Love, Death, and Reading by Tegan Bennett Daylight, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing by Debra Adelaide, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

The Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite by Laura Freeman, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind by Alan Jacobs, recommended by Books from the Stacks.

The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell, recommended by Plucked from the Stacks


Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood, recommended by The Marmelade Gypsy

Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man's Personal Revolution in the City of Light by Craig Carlson, recommended by Based on a True Story.

Coffeeland: One Man's Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick, recommended by Based on a True Story.


Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames by Laura Maiklem, recommended by The Marmelade Gypsy

140 Days to Hiroshima: Inside the Final War Room Clashes and the Countdown to Armageddon by David Dean Bennett, recommended by Julz Reads.

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, recommended by Julz Reads.

The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas by Scott Ellsworth, recommended by Julz Reads.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen, recommended by Gofita's Pages and Introverted Reader.

Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times by Lucy Lethbridge, recommended by The Paperback Princess.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman, recommended by Brona's Books.

The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by Tim Severin, recommended by The Bookworm Chronicles.

The Romanovs by Virginia Cowles, recommended by The Bookworm Chronicles.


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best and The Paperback Princess.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder, recommended by Books Are My Favourite and Best.

Heroes and Jerks: The Best and Worst Who Ever Lived by Ed Daly, recommended by Bookfever.

Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss by Rachel Clarke, recommended by Book'd Out and Booker Talk.

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka, recommended by Reading Ladies.

On the Horizon: World War II Reflections by Lois Lowry,  recommended by Lady in Read Writes.

Only Happiness Here: In Search of Elizabeth Von Arnim by Gabrielle Carey, recommended by Brona's Books.

Did I Say That Out Loud? Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them by Kristin van Ogtrop, recommended by Book'd Out.


The Wild Remedy: How Nature Heals Us~A Diary by Emma Mitchell, recommended by The Marmelade Gypsy

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer L. Wright, recommended by Introverted Reader.

Can You Hear Me? A Paramedic's Encounters with Life and Death by Jake Jones, recommended by Book'd Out.

Wintering: A Season With Geese by Stephen Rutt, recommended by Adventures in Reading, Running, and Working From Home.

Rewild Yourself by Simon Barnes, recommended by Adventures in Reading, Running, and Working From Home.

Honey and Venom: Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper, recommended by Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs.

100 Things to Do in the Forest by Jennifer Davis, recommended by Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs.

The Secret Life of the Owl by Jon Lewis-Stempel, recommended by Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs.

The Salt Path by Raynor Wynn, recommended by Reading Ladies.

That Wild Country: An Epic Journey Through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands by Mark Kenyon, recommended by Introverted Reader.

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs, recommended by Brona's Books and Doing Dewey.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf, recommended by Brona's Books.

The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, recommended by Brona's Books.

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn, recommended by Booker Talk.

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

Superlative: The Biology of Extremes by Matthew LaPlante, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

Ask an Ocean Explorer: Everything You Need to Know About Our Oceans in 25 Questions by Dr. Jon Copley, recommended by Book'd Out.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, recommended by Emerald City Reviews. 

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong, recommended by Emerald City Reviews. 

My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors by Lindsay McCrae, recommended by Book'd Out.

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind by Timothy R. Jenkins, recommended by Library of Clean Reads.

Big World Small Planet: Abundance Within Planetary Boundaries by Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum, recommended by Unsolicited Feedback.

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie, recommended by Word by Word.

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, recommended by Plucked from the Stacks.


Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression by Dan Tomasulo, recommended by Shelf Aware.

The Power of Small: Making Tiny But Powerful Changes When Everything Feels Too Much by Drs. Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Trish Leonard-Curtin, recommended by Shelf Aware.

I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know by W. Lee Warren, MD, recommended by Lisa Notes.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen, recommended by Gofita's Pages.

Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live by Nicholas A. Christakis, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

So You're a Little Sad, So What? Nice Things to Say to Yourself on Bad Days and Other Essays by Alicia Tobin, recommended by What's Nonfiction.

Here for It, Or How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas, recommended by What's Nonfiction and Doing Dewey.

Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel, recommended by Reading Ladies.

Habits for Happiness: 10 Daily Steps for Living Your Happiest Life by Tim Sharp, recommended by Library of Clean Reads.

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery, recommended by Doing Dewey.

The Long Life by Helen Small, recommended by Lexlingua.

Hack Your Anxiety by Alicia H. Clark, recommended by Lexlingua.

Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Subject of Faith by Timothy Beal, recommended by Plucked from the Stacks.

The Mister Rogers Effect: 7 Secrets in Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others from America's Beloved Neighbor by Anita Knight, recommended by Reviews from the Stacks.

Social Issues

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum recommended by The Written, Spoken, and Visual Word.

We Demand The Right To Vote: The Journey to the 19th Amendment by Meneese Wall, recommended by Bookfever.

The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christian Values by Ben Howe, recommended by Based on a True Story.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness by Michelle Alexander, recommended by NancyElin.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell, recommended by Book'd Out.

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women of the 1950s by Virginia Nicholson, recommended by The Paperback Princess.

This is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, recommended by Lady in Read Writes.

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood by Peter Moskowitz, recommended by The Paperback Princess.

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty, recommended by Happiest When Reading.


Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor, recommended by Lisa Notes.

Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison, recommended by Reading Ladies.

The Dream of Reason: The History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance by Anthony Gottlieb, recommended by Gofita's Pages.

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away by Rebecca Goldstein, recommended by Gofita's Pages.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith, recommended by Gofita's Pages.

Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back by Mark O'Donnell, recommended by Annabookbel.

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age by Alan Noble, recommended by Reviews from the Stacks.


A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar, recommended by Brona's Books.

Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life by Michael Pronko, recommended by Booker Talk.

On the Narrow Road to the Deep North: Journey into a Lost Japan by Lesley Downer, highlighted by Words and Peace.

In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki, recommended by Thoughts on Papyrus.

Hitching Rides with Buddha by Will Ferguson, recommended by Silver Button Books.

Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster, recommended by Brona's Books.

Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey, recommended by Brona's Books


Rebel Without a Clause: Losing the Linguistic Plot by Sue Butler, recommended by Book'd Out.

Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them by Adrienne Raphel, recommended by Book'd Out.


Bush School by Peter O'Brien, recommended by Book'd Out.

Levels of the Game by John McPhee, recommended by The Writerly Reader.

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think About a 21st Century Economist by Kate Raworth, recommended by Unsolicited Feedback.

More From Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources and What Happens Next by Andrew McAfee, recommended by Unsolicited Feedback.


  1. Wow, a great list. I have Dear Reader on my radar and the Raynor Winns already on my wishlist. I've just clicked on a few to see what they say about them - I don't think I've explored the Linkys so much this year as I only have one book on my saved post this time so far!

  2. That is going to keep you busy for the next year Deb!

  3. What a wonderful bunch of books! Yes, "Kitchen Yarns" is fun and "Mudlarking" is fascinating if you are into digging up really old stuff! I've already marked down a few here!

  4. You always provide great lists of books to add to MY tbr! I've read Kitchen Yarns and thought it was very good. I do enjoy Ann Hood and hope she's busy writing more. I've had several people recommend Say Nothing and plan to listen to the audiobook. I'm interested to hear your thoughts on Don't Overthink It. I've listened to Bogel's podcast (What Should I Read Next), but am on the fence about her book.

  5. I got such great ideas for non fiction books from this Non-fiction November. Hope to join next year!

    Great selection, Deb's and so diverse. Anyone will find something they really want to read from this.

  6. Wow, that’s A LOT of books. A bunch of them are already on my TBR list. I wish I could read faster.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. What a GREAT list! We chose some of the same books, but there are so many that I missed. I have truly enjoyed participating in this challenge because of all the great books I've discovered.

  8. My goodness, what a list! I, of course, am interested most by the Books About Books. I do intend to read more non-fiction in 2020 than I did in 2019. I probably have already accomplished this goal.

  9. I am terrible at keeping track of which blog recommends books to me! Ack! Your list is very impressive.

  10. Wow, that is quite a list! I hope you love all of these!

  11. Wow, this is such an awesome list. I literally had to PDF and save it for future (continuous) reference. My TBR pile is groaning already. What a month this has been. Happy NFN!

  12. Such a wonderful list of recommendations from the month! Many of those in your list found their way into mine too. I just hope I'll read some of them soon!

  13. Wow that is a seriously impressive list of book lists, Deb! 😅 I also added Heroes and Jerks to my wish list from this event and great to see my recommendations of The Golden Antilles AND The Romanovs mentioned here. Enjoy! 😁

  14. Golly that's a lot of books - are you planning to get them all?? I read Dear Reader a few weeks ago and then joined the author for a book event - both very enjoyable. Great to see The Salt Path on your list - it is absolutely fabulous

  15. That’s just about all of them Deb! Thanks for sharing your NonFicNov TBR additions:)

  16. Wow, what an incredible list! Books on books are the best and I initially missed The Possessed,so I'll be adding that too. I've added a couple of books from your food, memor/bio, and history categories as well. So fun to see all these recommendations collected together. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Wow love your list!!! And I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did!

    The Salt Path was amazing - I ended up buying a copy since I couldn't find one at the library either, and I don't regret it. :) So good!


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