Nonfiction November- New to My TBR

This week’s host for Nonfiction November is Katie @ Doing Dewey, and here’s the prompt:

New to My TBR : It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

I did this last year and of course I have yet to read any of the books I shared. It was nice to look back on the post and to remember to prioritize those books. I am still very much interested in them!

I look forward to Nonfiction November every year because I always find books I never would have come across otherwise. I feel like it is harder to find nonfiction recommendations than it is fiction ones!

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In No Visible Bruises, journalist Rachel Louise Snyder frames this urgent and immersive account of the scale of domestic violence in our country around key stories that explode the common myths-that if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; that a violent person cannot become nonviolent; that shelter is an adequate response; that violence inside the home is separate from other forms of violence like mass shootings, gang violence, and sexual assault. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores not only the dark corners of private violence, but also its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.

Deb @ The Book Stop spoke about some really amazing nonfiction titles, including a few of my favourites like The Only Plane in the Sky and How We Fight For Our Lives. A few of the other books were already on my radar, but No Visible Bruises was completely new to me. Deb describes this book as a must-read and


In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

I am always looking for nature-related nonfiction, so this was the perfect recommendation from Happiest When Reading.

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In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more.

This is the true story of their search for—and identification of—the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy’s grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston’s thrillers, The Monster of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide—and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.

I found this recommendation on Maphead’s Book Blog, and the entire post was so appealing to me as someone who has grandparents from Italy but was born in Canada. I actually added all of the books that they recommended to my TBR but The Monster of Florence is the one I am most intrigued by.

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When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.

Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.

Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife—puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings—and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey toward recovery from addiction.

This recommendation came from Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next, and it sounds like the kind of memoir that appeals to me. I have spoken recently about my love for the blend between nature writing and memoir, and I have a feeling that The Outrun fits into that category!

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6 thoughts on “Nonfiction November- New to My TBR

  1. Thanks for the mention! I think No Visible Bruises is an important book so I’m glad to see it highlighted. The Outrun sounds fantastic — like you I’m really interested in books that combine memoir and nature (The Salt Path is a recent read I’d recommend).

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