Nonfiction November, Week 2: Book Pairing

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This week, our host, Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves, brings us this topic…

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.

Looking at the books I’ve read this year, the fiction and nonfiction books that leap off my list and into one another’s arms are…


  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (that would be the nonfiction)
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman (that would be the fiction)

The thing that binds these two books is the response to grief — specifically, the death of a spouse. And that’s a really sad and scary topic. But both of these books are empowering, even though they’re also honest about the pain of that type of loss.

Though certainly not read-alikes, they could be companion books. I wouldn’t mind reading both of them for book club, to discuss the different ways we deal with loss.

7 thoughts on “Nonfiction November, Week 2: Book Pairing

  1. Excellent pair! I haven’t read this one by Sheryl Sandberg but I really liked her Lean In. I’ve also heard her talk about this book and I would like to read it. Loved Ove

  2. raidergirl3 — If you liked Lean In and Ove, I think you’ll like Option B. It’s kind of a combination of the other two — partly personal and very much about the feels, and partly about the research.

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