Nonfiction November- Week 2

This week's Nonfiction November asks up for pairings, a nonfiction and fiction, which is a super fun challenge (and is hosted by Sarah). 

Fiction: The Overstory by Richard Powers
Nonfiction: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Topic: Trees, trees, and more trees! A lot of the same scientific concepts are covered in both, the nonfiction going further in-depth, with Powers adding a complex plot and fascinating characters. 

Fiction: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas 
Nonfiction: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Topic: As a white woman these two books were really important to me at a time where I was really diving into white privilege and trying to do my part to understand how I could stop being a passive bystander to some of the things that are going on in America. 

Fiction: Tortilla Curtain by TC Boyle
Nonfiction: Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonion Vargas
Topic: Illegal immigration in the US; it's fascinating to see how Boyle's book, now nearly twenty-five years old is still so relevant today.

Fiction: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Nonfiction: How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
Topic: These books are incredibly different, but at the heart they both feature a young woman of privilege who is struggling terribly and has to figure out how to cope. 


  1. Great list with some original pairings! Nice. I'm really intrigued by the Oluo and the Vargas titles...

  2. I can also recommend The City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham.

  3. I never ceased to be amazed at the interesting topics people come up with for this prompt!

  4. My favorite has to be the trees themed books. I'd throw Forest Bathing in there, too!

  5. I definitely want to read The Understory and The Hidden Life of Trees. Both sound amazing!

  6. I'm intrigued by the first & last pairings here.

  7. Such interesting pairings, thank you for sharing.

  8. I loved the Richard Powers book too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Finally getting around to checking out everyone's links... I see another recc for The Hidden Life of Trees which Mind Joggle also mentioned. Here are my pairings if you have time: 2019 Week 2 Pairings