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Today we’re reading books in the Narrative Nonfiction genre, and today’s post is brought to us by Dorothy, a Reference Librarian at the Central Library.
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction (or Creative Nonfiction)
What is Narrative Nonfiction? Reads like a novel but this style of writing is based on actual people and events.
What do you like about this genre? For me it’s all about the storytelling. These are not dry, dusty textbooks. The plots are intriguing, the characters are memorable and there is dramatic tension.
What was your favorite book when you were young? I discovered “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote as a teenager. It is still the scariest book I’ve ever read.
What was the most recent book you enjoyed? “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson
Name one of your favorite books. I guarantee you will cry at least once before you finish the story of Louis Zamperini’s inspiring life in “Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.
Other books in this genre:
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. In this fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees fortune in the recyclable garbage of richer people. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a rural childhood, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to good times. But then, as the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed.–From publisher description.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard.
“Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared– arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda.
Have you read these books? Do you like the Narrative Nonfiction genre? Let us know in the comments below and you could win the a library-themed coffee mug!
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