My TBR is getting out of control! Between Top Ten Tuesday on Broke and the Bookish, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and BookTube, it’s almost impossible to go a week, make that a DAY, without adding another book. Everywhere I look, there’s bound to be a new book I HAVE to read, but on the upside, when it comes time for Non Fiction November, or other likewise themed months, I have plenty of reads to choose from!
Top Ten Picks for Non Fiction November:
Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation By Anne Sebba
An enthralling compilation of true stories, from teachers, actresses, mothers, wives, Parisians, Americans, and even Germans, Sebba uncovers the courageous lives of the women living in Paris during the Nazi occupation.
Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour
By Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott III
A beautifully written tour of the cosmos by three of today’s leading astrophysicists. From planets to stars to galaxies, black holes, and worm holes… they cover it all!
Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled and Empire By Julia Baird
Known as the Matchmaker Queen, it’s difficult to dissect the woman from the myth, especially a woman, who in a time when women were powerless as ever, went on to rule one of the greatest empires in history. I’ve often read about the illustrious Queen Victoria studying other world rulers, but I’ve yet to read a stand-alone biography on the monarch – thanks to Novels and Nonfiction for the tip!
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lillies By Ross King
More than just an art book, Mad enchantment follows the historical importance of Claude Monet’s most famous work. From his cutting edge technique, to personal tragedy, to political intrigue, King’s intimate portrait of the man behind the brush truly brings history to life.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
A pillar of strength and a world class citizen, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made it her life’s mission to make America a better place for everyone. From gender equality to civil rights, Ginsburg is as iconic as she is inspirational. I currently have library copies in print and audio – can’t wait to dive in!
Plots Against Hitler by Danny Orbach
A new account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and their various attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Diving into the conspirators’ methods, motivations, and fears, Orbach completes the picture of WWII in Germany, showing us just how close it came to a very different ending.
Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto By Tilar Mazzeo
A gripping account of Irena Sendler, heralded as the “female Oskar Schindler”, who saved 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during WWII. A young social worker before the war, she spent the war going door to door, asking Jewish families in hiding to trust her with their children, not just promising, but actively smuggling the children out of the city with the help of a few local tradesmen and residents. From city sewers to hiding children in anything of use, coffins, coats, luggage… Irena not only saved these children, but gave them a future. A true hero’s tale in a time of great peril.
Where Am I Now? By Mara Wilson
I grew up watching Mara Wilson – is there anyone who doesn’t instantly recognize her for Matilda? In Where Am I Now, Wilson shares her experiences “growing up young and female.” From her days as a child actress to living in perfect obscurity, Wilson shares the overwhelming struggle we all know too well, how to accept yourself in an ever-changing world.
The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements
By Carly Cylinder
I’ve always wanted to be more like Martha Stewart – cooking I can do, DIY maybe, floral arrangements not so much. They’ve always been overwhelming, but with Cylinder’s help, hopefully not for long. A beautifully photographed guide for beginners to old pros, sharing her techniques to create 80 different arrangements and basic care for flowers.
Appetites: A Cookbook By Anthony Bourdain
Of course no Non Fiction list is complete without a new cookbook! Anthony Bourdain is known for sharing his travels, trying an array of dishes from pretty much everywhere, but in his new book, we’ll get to know the Anthony Bourdain from home. Sharing his distinct food opinions (surprisingly anti-brioche) and favorite family meals, Appetites is not one to miss!
What’s on your TBR lately?