After two months of nonstop horror for Halloween, I’m going in a different direction for the month of November and focusing on nonfiction.
I started In the Garden of Beasts a few months ago and set it aside for a variety of reasons, so I decided to make it a priority to finish it this month. I have to say, the similarities between Hitler’s rise to power and the current political atmosphere of today are quite frightening.
For some lighter reading, I picked out a couple of books based on two of my favorite things: tea and flowers. Naomi Slade has a series of beautiful flower guides and Lilies is probably one of my favorites. Taking in the gorgeous photos on dark, rainy autumn days is definitely a mood booster. The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea offers histories, commentaries, tasting notes, and other information on a variety of teas from around the world.
And speaking of around the world…World Travel is a collection of quotes and travel/dining tips from Anthony Bourdain’s many televised travel series.
Mango and Peppercorns is part memoir, part cookbook, telling the story of a Vietnamese refugee and her friendship with a young American woman, that later turned into a successful partnership behind a beloved restaurant.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a movie called Mockingbird Don’t Sing which was based on the true story of a young feral girl discovered to be living in deplorable conditions in the early 1970’s. I was intrigued by the story so I managed to track down Genie: A Scientific Tragedy. I am curious to learn more about this girl’s story.
What are your reading goals for November? Drop me a line and let’s talk books!
Stay safe, and Happy Reading!