Hey y’all! I’m here with another non-fiction wrapup. Here are the non-fiction books that I have recently completed:
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton – In this memoir we follow Glennon has she navigates her alcoholism, infidelity in her marriage, and motherhood. I wanted to like this a little more than I did, but the whole memoir came from a place of unacknowledged privilege and I didn’t love that. Her trials were numerous but I felt that the way they were discussed was a little over dramatic. I know people who love this and I didn’t hate it, but I don’t know how quick I would be to recommend it.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb – I LOVED this memoir. As a thirty something single mother, I felt her struggles on a visceral level. In this memoir Lori talks about her relationship and it’s ending, the career path that lead her to be a therapist, and her journey with her therapist. She also looks into how her patients shaped and changed her way of thinking. This had a good balance of heartwarming moments, data, and hilarious antidotes. This one is well worth the read. I absolutely loved it.
A Guest of the Reich by Peter Finn – Gertrude Legendre was a socialite during the Jazz Age who enjoyed big-game hunting and travel. By time the war started, the now married, mother of two decides to join the OSS and she is captured by the Nazi’s while vacationing and then the biography goes from there. This was compulsively readable but I found Gertrude insufferable so it wasn’t the easiest read for me. I never felt that even after her captured she took the situation very seriously. She was still partying and enjoying the company of the people she met. I know it’s a true story but it just seemed absurd to me. I don’t generally enjoy things that take place during WW2 but I do love a good biography or memoir. This was a book club pick and nobody in the group really liked Gertrude.
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow – This was definitely my favorite in this batch of non-fiction. The unfolding of the story, the writing of each chapter, and the research that went into it. Whenever I picked up this book I read it in chunks. This is the story of Ronan Farrow breaking the story of Harvey Weinstein and everything that happened between inception and publication. It is wild and such a well written book. It’s definitely one of my favorites read in 2020.
These are four more non-fiction completed in 2020. I think I’m doing pretty well with reading more non-fiction this year. Some of the non-fictions that are currently on my radar are Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Black Klansman, The Phantom Prince, and Men We Reaped. I am in such a non-fiction mood that I have to keep one on the go, which I ain’t made at.
What has been your favorite recent non-fiction read? Let’s chat in the comments.
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