Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

My Narrative Non- Fiction for 2021 - Part Three of The Reading Life Review of 2021


My Narrative Non-Fiction for 2021


  1. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin - 2009 - a fascinating work
  2. The Gulf: The Making of an America Sea by Jack E. Davis - 2017 - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History - 562 Pages
  3. The American Eden - David Husaack, Botany, and Medicine in The Garden of Early America by Victoria Johnson


  1. The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah - 2020
  2. Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure by Julia Flynn Siler - 2012


  1. The Boston Massacre : A Family History by Serena Zabin - 2020
  2. Dwelling Place- A Plantation Epic by Erskine Clark - 2007 - 653 pages. Winner of The Bancroft Prize for American History.


  1. The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire by Adam D. Mendelsohn - 2015 PART OF THE GOLDSTEIN-GOREN SERIES IAMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY General editor: Hasia R. Dine2015 - Best Book Prize from The Southern Jewish Historical, Society2014 - National Book Award from The Jewish Book Council
  2. Independence Lost-Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal - 2015:Journal  of the American Revolution Book of the Year for 2015


  1. Red Famine -Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum - 2017
  2. A Swim in the Pond in the Rain -In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class in Writing, Reading and Life - by George Saunders - 2021 - 416 pages This is a truly wonderful book.  Anyone who wants to become a better reader, short story writer or maybe even a better person will profit from A Swim in the Pond in the Rain.
  3. The Widow Clicquot The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo - 2008 - 265 Pages A New York Times Best Selling Business Biography
  4. The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt’s New World - by Andrea Wulf.—2015 - 562 pages


No non-fiction


  1. Empire of Rubber- Firestone’s Struggle for Land and Power in Liberia by Gregg Mitman - 2021
  2. Pancakes in Paris - Living The American Dream in France by Craig Carlson - 2016


  1. The Warmth of Other Suns- The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson - 2010 - 622 pages
  2. Bury Me Standing The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca - the best book on the Roma


  1. The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twity - 2017. The 2018 James Beard Foundation book of the year. A fascinating book for those into food history.
  2. The Barbizon - The New York Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren - 2021-
  3. Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food- Recipes, Remedies, and Simple Pleasures by Fred Opie - 2015 - 167 Pages


  1. The Taste of Empire-How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World by Lizzie Collingham - 2017 - 369 pages


  1. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham - 2006


  1. Adventurism and Empire The Struggle for Mastery in the Louisiana-Florida Borderlands, 1762-1803 By David Narrett


Marianne said...

Some of those titles sound highly interesting. I haven't read any of them even though I read 23 non-fiction books last year. But I might grab one or two from your list. Thanks.

Here are my Statistics 2021.

Buried In Print said...

These all sound so interesting, Mel! The last one seems so strangely specific, what drew you to it, I wonder. It appeals to me because, while reading a lot about the American South in the context of slavery, last year, I feel like I'm finally starting to get a sense of how diverse the history of different regions there actually is. I don't think I'm reading much NF this year, but I will let you know if one of these ends up on my plate!

Mel u said...

Buried in Print. My maternal ancestors came to America in the 1600s, settling on the Florida Georgia borders so I am very interested in the history of this area.

Mel u said...

Buried in Print. My maternal ancestors came to America in the 1600s, settling on the Florida Georgia borders so I am very interested in the history of this area.