2018 Nonfiction November: Book Pairings


Nonfiction November is an annual celebration of Nonfiction. This year it is hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction), and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness). The first prompt is today, and is hosted by Kim.

This week’s prompt is to choose a fiction book that we think goes along well with a nonfiction book. It is hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves. I have trouble with this prompt because (although it’s incredibly fun) my fiction books don’t often mesh well with nonfiction books. But in this case, I decided to pick fiction books that I’ve simply heard are fantastic to pair with nonfiction books I’ve read this year. (With one exception, where I read both of them.)

American Psychosis and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


I really should read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest given my interest in the failures of the mental health system – it’s a classic. And I loved the movie. It is about a narcissistic man who decides to plead insanity in order to get a reduced incarceration time – and what happens to him in the insane asylum. American Psychosis, if I remember correctly, even makes a vague reference to the book. It is about the failures of the American Mental Health system throughout its history.

Beyond These Walls and The Hate U Give


This one is the exception: I have read both of these books, though Beyond These Walls will not be released until January. It is about the failures of the American Justice system through history and (partly) about the incongruity between the ratio of minorities in America and the ratio of punishments (and brutalizations) they receive from the justice system. The Hate U Give, if you haven’t heard of it already, is a book everyone should read. It is about a teen who sees her friend shot by a police officer and must testify against the officer.

Killers of the Flower Moon and Mean Spirit


Killers of the Flower Moon is a True Crime book about the Osage murders of the 1920’s. Mean Spirit is a fictionalized accounts of the same murders, and it was nominated (though did not win) the Pulitzer Prize back in the ’90s. (Does that make it a classic?)

22 thoughts on “2018 Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

  1. I love One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and absolutely recommend it. Your pairing of American Psychosis just added a new book to my to-read (I’ve a huge interest in mental health).


  2. Both of these non-fiction volumes are on my TBR, one just now (the first one) and the other recommended to me by an American reading friend last year who knew about my project of exploring the landscape of indigenous writers. Both your pair matches sound like great fits!


  3. Killers of The Flower Moon is on my TBR pile. I remember reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee many years ago & wondered if they would also make a good pairing?


    1. Possibly, though I would probably pair that one with one of the many fiction books that take place on Pine Ridge Reservation. As I recall, much of the action took place around there? Or am I thinking of another book?


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