#NonficNov Nonfiction November Week 2: Book Pairings

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This week’s Nonfiction November prompt is hosted by Julie at JulzReads.

Julie asks us to pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. She says “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.”


Living Among the DeadA lot of the nonfiction I’ve read this year has been about World War Two and, in particular, memoirs by Holocaust survivors or those forced to flee Nazi persecution. So the first book I’ve chosen to pair a fiction title with is Living Among the Dead: My Grandmother’s Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky. But because I couldn’t decide on just one work of fiction to go with it, here are three suggestions. Links from the titles will take you to my reviews.

The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford
The Young Survivors by Debra Barnes
The Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews

Blitz WritingI’m currently reading It Was Different At The Time by Inez Holden recalling her experiences of the London Blitz. Conveniently, Handheld Press has published a lovely edition of it alongside Holden’s novella, Night Shift, written around the same time.

So that’s one easy pairing but here are a couple more novels set during the Blitz.

V For Victory by Lissa Evans
A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton

5 thoughts on “#NonficNov Nonfiction November Week 2: Book Pairings

  1. I just got the ARC (yes, I know, it was published first in 2018, so this must be for the rerelease) for The Good Doctor of Warsaw! I know quite a bit about Janusz Korczak – there’s a street named after him in my neighborhood.

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