Non-Fiction November Recommendations
Non-Fiction November is always a fun time for me, I love a bit of non-fiction. Something about the lead up to Christmas lends itself to broadening the mind. At least for me.
As such, here are my Non-Fiction November recommendations for 2021.
I recently read this and found it fascinating and horrifying in equal measure. The book follows the lives of a selection of women in the US who worked in Radium factories from 1910-1930s. Many of them got mysterious illnesses in the years after they worked in the factories, and ultimately many of the died. But no one knew what caused it despite the fact that all of the women worked at various Radium factories. It was a huge conspiracy on the part of the Radium factories to cover up the fact that radium was dangerously radioactive, caused cancer and there was no cure. These women spent decades trying to prove that they were put in harms way and to get compensation. Harrowing and insightful.
If you’ve ever wanted to go freelance but been afraid or didn’t know where to start, then this book is a god-send. An easy read, which is full of humour and light-heartedness to cut through the tough topics of money, insurance and contracts. A solid read for any freelancer, future or otherwise.
If you enjoy books about celebrities and memoirs, then read this non-fiction book on the beginning of fame. Fame and celebrity are two different things, as I discovered in this book. It wasn’t until the likes of Edmund Kean a British Shakespearean actor – who wasn’t even that good at acting – that fame was even a concept A fascinating read.
Anna Delvey is the famously fake heiress that swindled many of New York’s finest into paying for her extravagant lifestyle, until eventually she was caught. Rachel DeLoache Williams was one such ‘friend’ of Anna, who became suspicious of her when her card was declined and she started to avoid all phone calls. It is a gripping story, made all the more thrilling by the fact it actually happened!
This historical non-fiction, looks at the tragic story of Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy who was a younger sister of John F. Kennedy. She spent a surprising amount of her life in the UK, even volunteering for the Red Cross during the war. She fell in love and married the Marquess of Cavendish, the heir of Chatsworth house. It took years for them to marry, due to turmoil with her family caused by William Cavendish and Kathleen Kennedy’s religious differences. However, the marriage was short since 4 months after the marriage William was killed in the Second World War. And Kick’s life ended in tragedy, when she was killed in a plane crash just 28 years old, 4 years later. It’s an awful story, but for all intents and purpose Kick was a charming and delightful young woman beloved by all. And her life is well-worth reading about.
Will you take part in Non-Fiction November? If so, what books will you read? Let me know in the comments below.