November — Notable Nonfiction

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!


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