Welcome to Nonfiction November, a little project hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie from Regular Rumination. With weekly themes and a link-list for discussion posts (like this one) plus nonfiction book reviews, Nonfiction November promises to be a laid-back and refined celebration of nonfiction. Check out all the details at Kim’s announcement post.
The theme for the first week is Nonfiction Favorites. If I were to choose my all-time favorites, I would have a difficult time keeping this post short. But I know my favorite nonfiction for 2013 and that leads to a few more books, so I’ll go with that.
My favorite nonfiction book of 2013 is Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo. This is the fourth in Karbo’s Kick Ass Women series, books that are a quirky blend of biography, memoir, and self-help. I read two of the other books in the series this year as well:
- How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living
- The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman
The Kick Ass Women books are inspiring without taking themselves too seriously. They are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or a glass of wine (depending on the time of day and your mood) to create a quiet moment in the day. I’m saving the first book in the series about Katherine Hepburn, How to Hepburn, as a gift to myself for the Christmas season to enjoy with my favorite unsung Christmas movie: Desk Set.