31 Days of Great Nonfiction, Twitterature-Style

31 Days of Great Nonfiction, Twitterature-Style

I’m combining two themes this month: Twitterature (quick looks at books) and 31 Days of Great Nonfiction. What do they create when I put them together? A round up of the great nonfiction I’ve already posted about this year. These are all too good to not be mentioned in the overall series!

Food memoirs

I Love Food Memoirs
  • Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. Fabulous food memoir, and her recipes are delicious too.
  • Dinner a Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach. Yes, it’s a cookbook, but it’s got a lot of stories to go with it.
  • Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. If this doesn’t make you want to get into your kitchen and start cooking, I’ll be surprised.

Recommend with Cautions

Great Books, But Recommended with Cautions
  • Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. Like the TV show? The books are fabulous too.
  • Death’s Acre by Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Not for the squeamish, but fascinating look at forensic anthropology and related fields.
  • Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown. Astonishing story, well-written and engaging, but because of the horrific events it relates it can be tough to read.


Need Some Inspiration?
  • Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith. Excellent book on writing memoirs, but it’s a great book for any sort of writing.
  • The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker. Great ideas for doing your own 7 experiment.
Is it a Memoir? Is it a Travelogue? Either way, it’s charming.
  • Apple of My Eye by Helene Hanff. A touristy look at New York by a native. It might make you cry a bit too.

31 Days of Great NonfictionAnd if you still want more great nonfiction? Visit this year’s series page, or check out last year’s series: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads.

For more quick looks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs Darcy’s link-up!


  1. Love your categories and the books you chose! Apple of My Eye and Call the Midwife are high on my to-read list.

  2. I recently read Call the Midwife and really loved it! I’ve never watched the show but now I want to! I’m a huge DALS fan – it definitely counts as a “real” book. =) I think I’m going to have to add Kitchen Counter to my library list. Thanks as always for the great recommendations!

    • I’ve never watched the show either. 🙂

      I think you’ll like the Kitchen Counter Cooking School, even though much of the actual cooking info may be basic for you.

  3. I just bought Apple Of My Eye this past weekend! I’ve been on a Helene Hanff kick ever since I recently realized that she had written books other than 84, Charring Cross Road.
    I enjoy food memoirs too and will have to check these out.

  4. Great List! I have been eyeing “Dinner” for awhile, so you may have pushed me over the edge 😉 And 7 was great…Jen Hatmaker makes me laugh so hard….I heard on her blog is going to be doing an HGTV show? Interested to see how that will go!

  5. I’ve never heard of Apple of My Eye. It sounds wonderful. Actually, almost every book on your list sounds like one I’d love to read. And you can tell I don’t read much nonfiction because I haven’t read ANY of them.

  6. I am glad that you mentioned Death’s Acre. I was interested in reading this forever ago, and forgot about it. I really enjoyed Mary Roach’s Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers, so this sounds super interesting.

    • Yes – if you liked Stiff I’d think you’d like Death’s Acre too. Very different in feel since it’s more of a memoir, but since my biggest hesitation with it is the gruesome details – you’ve already read them in Stiff.

  7. I’m reading Bread & Wine right now (finally!) and finding it so cathartic. Maybe that sounds weird, but that’s the only way I can think to describe it.

    I’m also reading Stiff by Mary Roach – I think you recommended it? – and it’s intriguing, although I’m skimming through some parts because I’m just not THAT interested in every single page. I have Death’s Acre on my to-read list… wondering how that compares to Stiff.

    • Oh, yay! I’m glad you’re reading Bread & Wine. Hopefully it’s cathartic in a good way. 🙂

      I did recommend Stiff as part of last year’s 31 Days series. Good memory. 🙂 Death’s Acre is a memoir, so it’s got a very different feel to Stiff. It also focuses on the forensic anthropology side of things, whereas Stiff only had that as a portion of the book. His tone is also completely different – Roach can be fairly irreverent, and Bass isn’t. Does that help at all?

  8. You have seriously gotten me into the food memoirs genre. Was that deliberate? I loved Bread and Wine, and I already wanted to read Kitchen Counter Cooking School, and now I must put Dinner a Love Story on my list immediately. <3

    • Don’t you know I’m always deliberate? Sorry, lame joke.

      No, it wasn’t really intentional. I’ve just become a huge fan of that genre, in case that’s not already obvious based on all the other ones I’ve written about. I could practically have made this series “31 Days of Great Food Memoirs.” I love love love them.


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