Week 8: Narrative Nonfiction
I've almost reached the end of my self-paced Bookish training, and this week's focus is narrative non-fiction.
The assignment charged me with finding examples of narrative non-fiction in four Dewey areas. My selections are:
In Memoirs: "King Peggy," by Peggilene Bartels.
In History (or Biography): "The Wright Brothers," by David McCullough.
In Medical: "One Good Egg," by Suzy Becker.
In Natural Disasters: "The Storm and the Tide," by Lars Anderson. (When I originally made this post, I had only done a cursory skim of the book. I then took it home and read it, and I can report that this work does indeed fall into the category of narrative nonfiction - and it was very good.)
The assignment also required me to write two short 1-2 paragraph book talks for two of my selected works.
"King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village," by Peggilene Bartels. Doubleday, 2012. 334 pages. This compelling memoir tells the story of a Ghanaian-American consular secretary whose life is changed in the course of one late-night phone call from overseas. King Peggy learns to navigate living on two separate continents and circumvent the institutionalized corruption interfering with her efforts to restore and rejuvenate the infrastructure and prospects of the village she now rules. Recommended for readers who enjoy biographies, stories of overcoming adversity, and strong women characters.
"The Wright Brothers," by David McCullough. Simon and Schuster, 2015. 320 pages. Master storyteller David McCullough turns his efforts and attention to the brothers who performed the first manned, powered flights. The book digs deep into the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright to show how two bicycle-makers from Ohio would end up puzzling over, and solving, the question of manned flight at the dawn of the 20th century. From childhood incidents and accidents to being feted in France, their formative years and consequent innovations, failures, and successes are shared through primary sources. Recommended for readers who enjoy biographies and are interested in history, aviation, or stories about strong family connections.