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October 29, 2018

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#NonFicNov week 1 Top 10 books

by N@ncy

  • Week 1: (Oct 29 to Nov 30)
  • Hosted by:
  • Hashtag: #NonficNov
  1. Katie @ Doing Dewey)
  2. Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness
  3. Rennie of What’s Nonfiction
  4. Julz of JulzReads
  5. Sarah of Sarah’s Bookshelves

 

Week 1: (Oct. 29 to Nov. 2)

  1. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
  2. Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
  3. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

 

  • I read 60 non-fiction books in 2018.  Here is my LIST.
  • My TOP 11  non-fiction 2018 are:
  1. The Trauma Cleaner – S. Krasnostein  – memoir  Victorian Premier’s Literary Award  2018
  2. Darkness Visible – W. Styron – memoir
  3. An Ordinary Day – Leigh Sales – memoir
  4. Brit(ish) – A. Hirsch –  memoir
  5. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan – Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2017  Australian History
  6. Feeling the Heat – J. Chandler – climate –  Walkely Award 2017 best Freelance journalist
  7. James Wright: A Life in Poetry – J. Blunk – biography
  8. Seamus Heaney – H. Vendler – biography
  9. Blood in the Water – H. Thompson – history –  Pulitzer Prize for History 2017
  10. Deep South – P. Theroux –  travelShortlist Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017
  11. Christ Stopped at Eboli – C. Levi – READ – memoir

 

  • Memoir/biography  has captured my attention this year.
  • These are books that stay with me months after reading them.
  • Three of the four memoirs were written by women.
  • Writers who have struggled identity, depression  and one’s mortality.

 

I choose 3 books that I have recommended the most:

 

The Trauma Cleaner – Sarah Krasnostein (memoir)

  1. Who is Sandra/Peter?
  2. She is a transgender, a survivor of a dysfunctional childhood, a husband, wife,
  3. father, svelte star of many brothels and a savvy businesswoman.
  4. Sandra’s personal life is a rollercoaster ride of emotion.
  5. Hold on to your hat!
  6. But the chapters alternated with her work as trauma cleaner
  7. …..showing a compassion that just took my breath away.

 

An Ordinary Day – Leigh Sales (memoir)

  1. If you have a pulse…and I know you do
  2. this book will grab you and not let go.
  3. Absolutely inspiring!
  4. Sometimes I have to let a book sink in for a few days
  5. ….and this was one of them.
  6. Leigh Sales managed to make me realize that if you look around your
  7. ordinary days‘…in hindsight they are nothing but miraculous.
  8. Life can change in an instant.

 

James Wright: A Life in Poetry – J. Blunk (biography)

  1. You know how once in a while you run into a book that’s
  2. so good you don’t want it to end,
  3. so you draw read it very slowly?
  4. For me, this is one of those books.
  5. I just had a few pages more to read
  6. ….but stopped and….went to bed.
  7. I just did not want Jimmy to leave me that last night.
  8. James Wright is one of 20th C best poets
  9. …won 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  10. …and I never heard of him.
  11. He did not walk around, observing the world and
  12. coining apt analogies for what appears most striking.
  13. He suffered to express is emotions.
  14. His story is amazing.

 

 

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25 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 30 2018

    OK. You’re inspiring me to do this…this is all your fault… 🙂

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  2. Oct 30 2018

    Wow your non-fic list has more Aussie books that mine!!
    I now have a copy of the Leigh Sales book by my bed on your say-so 🙂

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    • Oct 30 2018

      I left my reply on your blog!
      Australia just seems to have some very, very good non-fiction books!

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  3. Oct 30 2018

    The Trauma Cleaner was a moving read and I remember liking Darkness Visible when I read it years ago. Thanks for the recommendation of Any Ordinary Day, it sounds fascinating and unique! I’m also interested in Blood in the Water, I don’t know how I missed that one. So many great titles here!

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    • Oct 30 2018

      Heather Thompson’s book is a great example of a
      historicus who can ‘really write’ and not just rehash the facts.
      This book made a deep impression on me.

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  4. Oct 30 2018

    wow, congrats! I haven’t read any of your top 10. I have read some on your list, like your #55, and enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for reminding me of Psychanalyse d eVictor Hugo. I had seen on some French blogs, but forgot to add it to my TBR. Done. I see you read French – I do too, as I am actually French. I see a few things about Victor Hugo on your full list, but I don’t see the amazing book by David Bellos on your site. You would love it.

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    • Oct 31 2018

      Thanks for the Victor Hugo reading suggestion!
      I think in 2019 I will start the vol 2 of J. Hovasse’s “Victor Hugo” I read vol 1 ( # 9 on my list) and it took me 3 weeks to get through 1159 pages in French…but it was worth all the time an effort. I suggest you try Vol 1 Victor Hugo Avant l’exile.

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  5. Oct 31 2018

    Wow, you’ve read a lot of nonfiction! Most of these are new to me, too.

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  6. The Trauma Cleaner has been on my radar for awhile, but you make sound even more interesting! An Ordinary Day also sounds excellent. Thanks for joining us this month!

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    • Nov 1 2018

      This book was inspirational showing the strenght of the human spirit.
      Sandra/Peter had a unorthodox life and got through ups and downs by just
      doing what Joseph Conrad says: ‘Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.” What made this book exceptional is while trying to keep her/his life on the rails….she/he helped so many misfit hoarders along the way with an overdose of empathy.
      Thanks for you comments and hosting this week 1 of NonFicNov 2018!

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  7. Nov 1 2018

    The Trauma Cleaner sounds fascinating. And I’ve seen it recommended several times this week. Adding to my TBR!

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    • Nov 1 2018

      I’m so glad this non-fiction book by a female Australian writer….is being read world wide!

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  8. You’re the second person I’ve seen mention An Ordinary Day.. I was drawn to it the first time, and definitely inspired to seek more information on it now. Thanks for sharing – and happy reading this November!

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    • Nov 1 2018

      This is a very open-hearted book written by a successful Australian journalist who wants to know….what happens after the media has turned off their spotlights on the people who have survived traumatic experiences. The writer wants to know…could we the media have treated them with more empathy rather than a news item. Ms. Sales does a lot of soul searching. Hope you enjoy the book and many thanks for your comments!

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  9. I’ve seen Any Ordinary Day on other NF November bloggers’ post, but you’re the one who has convinced me to put it on my TBR list. Now I can hardly wait to read it. 🙂

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    • Nov 1 2018

      I’m so glad my thoughts about the book helped you decide to read it. I think about this book every day….every day. Thanks for your kind words.

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  10. Nov 1 2018

    I purchased the audio version of The Trauma Cleaner after reading your review and hope to listen to it this month. Any Ordinary Day is going on my wish list, too!

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    • Nov 1 2018

      Oh, I hope you enjoy both of these books. I’ve read 60 non-fiction this year and these were truly some of the best!

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  11. I’ve been interested in The Trauma Cleaner since it came out. I love reading about careers I’d not even heard of before and it seems like a lot of people have liked it!

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    • Nov 25 2018

      Sorry with this late response….
      I’ve put your suggestion Bad Blood on the top of my non-ficton TBR 2019 !

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  12. The Trauma Cleaner is one I have to get to! It’s been on my to-read list and it seems to have gotten a lot of love during this event.

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    • Dec 15 2018

      I read it in one day!
      Those are the books that speak to the reader’s emotions…
      no time to take notes the book has grabbed you and won’t let go!
      ‘An Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales is another example of this type of book.
      We all want to hear other people’s ‘real life’ stories.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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