Non-fiction Five Challenge 2010
The Non-fiction Five Challenge ends this September. 6 months ago, I have several Non-fiction books to read, so I have signed up for this challenge, hoping that it gives my non-fiction read a big boost. The Non-fiction Five Challenge is hosted by Trish.
The Rules of the Challenge:
1. Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May – 30 September, 2009
2. Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices (i.e.: 4 memoirs and 1 self-help)
Although I have a few more non-fiction books to read, I don’t think I am able to finish them in time for the closing date. So here are my choice:
- Zeitoun, Dave Eggers (Memoirs)
- Understanding Judaism by Carl S. Ehrlich (Religion)
- The Complete Book of Mothers-in-law, Luisa Dillner (Self-help)
- Sky Burial by Xinran (Travel)
- Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xinran (Memoirs)
Xinran’s books on China revealed a startling account on abandoned baby girls and an unusual ritual practiced by the Tibetans. She gave a voice to women who had none, and expressed an urgent plea for peace and reconciliation.
Understanding Judaism introduces me to the rudiments of the Jewish faith. It’s all new to me and I welcome it.
Why do I read about Mothers-in-law? I am very fortunate to have a kind one but there are many women out there who have trouble with theirs. It is interesting to read about Mothers-in-law of famous personalities, poems about a daughter-in-law love to Mother-in-law, and mothers-in-law of different cultures.
Of the five, I like Zeitoun best. I thought Dave Eggers writes brilliantly. The book is very readable, it doesn’t feel like a boring non-fiction. Open and honest, celebrating the best of human spirit and humanity, you feel what Zeitoun feel, you suffer what he had suffered. It’s the kind of memoir and non-fiction that I like. I will definitely read other memoirs and novels by Dave Eggers again.
What I really want to read is his book titled A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. It chronicles his stewardship of younger brother Christopher “Toph” Eggers following the cancer-related deaths of his parents.
The book was an enormous commercial and critical success, reaching number one on The New York Times bestseller list and being nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Time Magazine and several newspapers dubbed it “The Best Book of the Year.” The book was chosen as the 12th best book of the decade by The Times.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is usually classified as a memoir or autobiography, and its foundation is certainly laid in true events. However, Eggers takes great creative liberties. He often writes wild, tangential fantasy scenes. He occasionally “compresses” time, making events in the book closer in time to one another than they actually were to enhance the flow of the story. Thus, this work probably falls into the category of creative non-fiction. (Source: Wikipedia)
Similar creative non-fiction I read last year would be Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (Read the review and see if you can relate to what creative non-fiction means). In the near future, the line between fictional novels and non-fiction will become blur and I wonder if we will ever make a distinction between what is fiction and what is not?