It's already the third week of Non-Fiction November again (see here).
Week 3 (November 14-18) - Stranger Than Fiction:
This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that almost
don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive
obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders
in our world - basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight
it for this week’s topic. (Christopher @ Plucked from the Stacks)
I haven chosen a few different ones. I am not a sports person, so any achievement that people reach is stragner than fiction to me. Though I admire the Boys in the Boat more than the Madmen who undertake that voyage, they were really mad indeed. Risking their lives (and that of others) just to win a bet, more or less.
The other books are far worse. I know I would not live long in a dictatorship because I wouldn't be able to keep my mouth shut. I guess I inherited that from my grandfather who was just the same but was lucky to escape the baddies.
So, here are my books:
Brown, Daniel James "The Boys in the Boat" - 2013
Nichols, Peter "A Voyage for Madmen" - 2002
Fallada, Hans "Every Man Dies Alone" (GE: Jeder stirbt für sich allein) - 1947
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander "August 1914" ["The Red Wheel" cycle] (RUS: Солженицын, Александр Исаевич/Узел I - «Август Четырнадцатого», Красное колесо) - 1971
Vargas Llosa, Mario "The Feast of the Goat" (E: La fiesta del chivo) - 2000
I am definitely a history person, so the last three are more important to me than the first two. But all of them are a lot stranger than any fiction.
For more information on Nonfiction November check here.