This week’s Non-Fiction November prompt was fun. I was stumped at first, but after some thinking, I came up with three pairings. Really enjoyed looking over past fiction reads and considering their non-fiction complements.
Early this year I read and reviewed Still Alice by Lisa Genova, the fictional story of Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of psychology who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Such a powerful, thought-provoking, and in many ways, terrifying story. I’m pairing it with The 36 Hour Day, 5th Edition by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins, a resource our local Alzheimer’s Family Services recommends to all caregivers of people with memory disorders. An insightful read for anyone who volunteers in places where they may interact with Alzheimer’s patients and/or their families.
Unfortunately, when I was younger, I read the Left Behind books. The details on the “unfortunately” part would take up far too much space here, but I will admit, I feel pretty disgusted when I think about this series, especially when I found out a there’s a spin-off series which targets kids. If the theology behind this fictional “portrayal” leaves behind a bad taste in your mouth, (sorry, couldn’t resist!), or even if you’d just like a different point of view, check out Barbara R. Rossing’s The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation. Rossing, a professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, offers a well-researched perspective which “argues that this script for the world’s future is nothing more than a disingenuous distortion of the Bible.” Yeah. It’s pretty much brilliant.
I recently read Neil Perryman’s memoir Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who. A full review is coming soon, but I loved that he wasn’t a complete and utter fanboy over every single Doctor Who episode. Because to be honest, some of those classic eps aren’t all that great. Which leads me to the fictional pairing: BBC’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection. Eleven adventures, one for each of the Doctor’s incarnation. TLC Book Tours ran a tour of this collection this past spring. Read summaries for each title and links to all participating bloggers’ reviews on the TLC Book Tours website.
So, there you have it! I’m looking forward to reading what fiction/non-fiction pairings other bloggers have come up with this week!