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#NonFicNov ~ Book Pairings

Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review,
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Rachel at Hibernator’s Library, and Julz at Julz Reads

It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

The Prestige The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer"

A fictional wizard war and the biography of a magician who performs completely as someone else. Even if you’ve only seen the movie The Prestige and not read Christopher Priest’s novel, Jim Steinmeyer’s The Glorious Deception is a great companion piece.

American Gothic The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Years before Erik Larson became a favorite of mine with his tale of H. H. Holmes as The Devil in the White City, Robert Bloch used the setting and the serial killer as inspiration for G. Gordan Gregg in American Gothic. When I read the novel I thought the “murder castle” was an out-there idea. Little did I know…


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

15 thoughts on “#NonFicNov ~ Book Pairings

  1. Thanks for mentioning The Prestige. I had vaguely heard of the movie but your post made me curious about the book. After looking it up on Goodreads, I see a friend whose tastes run similar to mine gave it five stars. The description reminds me of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which I loved. Result: I just purchased it online and look forward to reading it soon!

  2. Oooh – you got my attention with a Devil in the White City pairing! I had no idea American Gothic was based on the same story…adding it to my TBR!

  3. Wow! Usually I read the fiction first and then move to nonfiction, but I’d never heard of American Gothic and I loved Devil. Adding this to my TBR right now!

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