Week 2: (Nov. 6 to 10) – Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Shelves: Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. 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.
Every year I think, “Man, I’m never going to come up with anything,” and yet somehow I do. In the case of two of these pairings, I’ve mentioned the nonfiction books before during #NonFicNov because they are two of my favorites, here paired with some new-to-me fiction.
The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous 19th Century Chess-Playing Machine by Tom Standage and Curiosity by Gary L. Blackwood – The Mechanical Turk and other automata have become one of my favorite subjects. They offer an intriguing peek into the history of technology and methods of deception. Curiosity was the surprise of my spring readathon with historical accuracy and a good mystery.
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson and The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore – While Graham Moore’s novel focuses on Edison and Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla is a key piece of the “electricity war.” Carlson’s bio of Tesla provides lots of technical details about the engineering, but also economic context for Tesla’s innovations.
I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures by Steve Spill and The Ambitious Card by John Gaspard – You didn’t think we were going to get out of this post without at least one book about a magician, did you? The thing I love about John Gaspard’s Eli Marks mystery series is that Eli is a working magician. He’s not Houdini, not a Vegas superstar, but a kids-parties-corporate-events-nightclubs magician. Who solves mysteries. Steve Spill’s career has been a little more rock ‘n’ roll than that (literally, in fact), but with less of a body count. (Psst. I know this is #NonFicNov, but the 4th Eli Mark book is out soon and I’m excited!)