Favorite Nonfiction — Nonfiction November
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.
What are your favorite nonfiction books? Join us this week with your answer to that question and any nonfiction books that you review at the link list hosted by Regular Rumination this week: Week 1.
Julia Child Rules is such a great book!! It’s one of my favorite non-fiction reads of this year too. Other non-fiction favorites include Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel) and The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbably Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heligiman (children’s book).
Hi Joy, unfortunately I have not had any notable nonfiction reads this year, but I’m hoping to change that! Maybe I’ll start with one of your picks! 🙂
I’ve been hearing good things about this – I think I need to pick up something Julia Child related! I’ll be sharing my non-fiction picks later this week. Super excited for Non-fiction November!
Your list is quite cool! I think I’ll look up the one about Coco Chanel, too.
I’m reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and loving it.
What a fun sounding series! I can tell from the cover exactly the sort of tone they must have. The one about Coco Chanel sounds really fun.
I like that you chose all these strong women. I’m particularly drawn to the Georgia O’Keefe (what a great title) and the Chanel ones. Thanks.
Thank you for sharing about Karen Karbo and her Kick Ass Women series. These sound wonderful. Happy Nonfic November!
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I have never heard of this series! I have also never read anything by Julia Child or about Julia Child and I think I would really enjoy it.
Thanks so much for joining us for Nonfiction November! I can’t wait to see your post next week.
I’d never heard of these Kick Ass series books. They sound great! I love reading about Coco Chanel, and Georgia O’Keeffe is a heroine of mine. I picked Laurie Lisle’s biography of her as one of my favorite nonfiction books.
This is the first time I’ve heard of the Kick Ass Women series, so thanks for sharing! I’m a fan of Georgia O’Keeffe and Julia Child, so those two books are definitely going on my TBR list. Looking forward to more Nonfic November posts!