This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be an "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.
Last year I paired up books about the Tulip Fever or Tulipomania in the Netherlands of the 17th century.
This year, I would like to concentrate on one of the best books I read last year about a subject very close to my heart: Afghanistan:
Elliot, Jason "An Unexpected Light. Travels in Afghanistan" - 1999
I have read a few other non-fiction books about this area, especially:
Lamb, Christina "The Sewing Circles of Herat" - 2002
But also some other great ones:
Emcke, Carolin "Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter" (GE: Von den Kriegen. Briefe an Freund) - 2004
Shakib, Siba "Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep" (GE: Nach Afghanistan kommt Gott nur noch zum Weinen) - 2002
If you are interested in reading non-fiction publications about this country, its long history and the last decades of one conflict after another which all resulted in a huge war, I can recommend any of them.
And if you would like to read some good fictional accounts about it, there are also some great ones that describe the people and their lives in this fascinating part of our world.
I have read some other novels and non-fiction books about Afghanistan but these are the best ones I have read.
For more information on Nonfiction November check here.