Five 2017 Releases You Should Read for Nonfiction November

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It’s Nonfiction November, which is basically just an excuse to read (more) nonfiction through the month of November, and I am really excited to participate. I hope some of you are participating as well, even if that means reading one short book of nonfiction – it still counts! Today, I thought I’d recommend a few 2017 nonfiction releases that you might want to consider reading this month. Or just in general, because they’re great.

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. When this came out, I was skeptical. I liked Clinton, but was worried this would feel kind of like her complaining about loosing. Fortunately, I was wrong. I listened to the audiobook (read by Clinton) and ended up becoming a huge fan of hers (I liked her before, but wouldn’t say I loved her). It was also just really enlightening, and I’m glad I have a better understanding of what happened in 2016.

An American Family by Khizr Khan. I gained a huge soft spot for the Khan family during the election (funnily enough, I had just read the chapter in What Happened that mentions the Khans when I found out about this book), and was so excited when I saw this. It is easily one of the best memoirs I have ever read, and I am so, so glad I read it. I think it should be on everyone’s reading list.

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir. I am a huge history nerd, and this is one of the most entertaining history books I’ve ever read. It is basically like Medieval Real Housewives. Just batshit crazy awesomeness. And it’s the first in the series, which I am so excited for. Seriously, go read it.

Hunger by Roxane Gay. This is also one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. It’s absolutely brilliant, and I think this book will affect me for a very long time. I think this has the potential to help a lot of people, and I am so glad Roxane Gay wrote this.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Alternate title for this book: Astrophysics for People Who Did Not Take Physics in High School. I really enjoyed this book, and I think I understand things around me and out there in the universe a lot better. Plus, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s voice is incredibly pleasing, and the audiobook was amazing. Also, I liked this better than A Brief History of Time. Sorry, Stephen Hawking.

Are you participating in Nonfiction November? What books are on your TBR? And, if you’ve read any of the books on this list, what did you think about them?

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21 thoughts on “Five 2017 Releases You Should Read for Nonfiction November

  1. I definitely need to read Clinton’s Memoir! I just finished reading The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan – I highly recommend it! I’ll be publishing a my review of Duncan’s book next Wednesday, it’s so good, I loved writing the review!

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  2. I loved listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry though I had to rewind sometimes because I spaced out. Hunger by Roxanne Gay was just phenomenal. I’m currently reading a graphic memoir by Kazuto Tatsuta (his pseudonym). It’s about him working at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant after the Fukushima Disaster in 2011.

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    1. Whoops, forgot to mention what nonfiction book I’ve been reading. I just recently finished reading The Art of Winning, by Matshona Dhliwayo. It was terrific, full of beautifully written quotes meant to inspire people to succeed in life.

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        1. No problem, hope you like it! I’m probably going to do a post about it tomorrow or the next day, if you are interested in checking out my blog then. 🙂

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  3. ooh, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry–I’ll go for that and thanks for the heads up. I read a biography of Wayne and Ford by Nancy Schoenberger. Wayne, what you saw you got. Ford–awful man. Also waded through Choices and Illusions–it was okay–but really shut me down when he devoted last third of his book to selling his CD’s…forget it.

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  4. I love NDT and cannot wait to read that book (I also used to teach astrophysics, so maybe I have a little interest in the topic). He is part of small club of scientists, who strive to make understanding nature more accessible for the general public, and I love that.

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  5. I’ve been looking at Hilary Clintons book on and off since it’s come up now but I think I definitely would like to give it a read if not Listen! It will be interesting to see her perspective on things and to understand more of what actually happened!

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