It's Week 3 of Nonfiction November... our host is Sarah from Sarah's Book Shelves and we're talking about book pairings:
This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
My pairing this year is a book club selection that sent me searching for facts:
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (fiction)
West with the Night by Beryl Markham (nonfiction)
Circling the Sun was my book club's May selection. Fictionalized biographies tend to frustrate me, so I was not excited by the prospect of reading another. Surprisingly, I ended up enjoying the novel very much. Circling the Sun introduced me to Beryl Markham, who is perhaps best known as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. She was also an accomplished horse trainer and lived in Africa for most of her life. But McLain's book also left me with a nagging question. Which parts of Circling the Sun were fact and which were products of the author's imagination?
West With the Night is Markham's memoir. It provides beautiful descriptions of the African landscape, horse races, and flying... very evocative of time and place. Unfortunately, she keeps the reader at a distance. There is little information about her personal life or relationships. Perhaps that is why McLain decided to write the novel...
My original blog post about the two books and our book club meeting is here. Clicking on the titles above will take you to goodreads.
Visit Sarah's Book Shelves for links to more book pairings.