Twitter Facebook RSS Email
Pinterest Instagram Google Plus Tumblr

Support Indies

Get Updates by Email

 

Search Coffee and a Book Chick Archives

 

Blog Archive

18 November 2010

Literary Blog Hop


This is my first time participating in the Literary Blog Hop, graciously hosted by The Blue Bookcase, and I am looking forward to the blogs that I'll come across and the visitors who will travel to my site. Welcome!

This week's question is:
Is there such a thing as literary non-fiction?  If so, how do you define it?  Any examples?

I absolutely agree that there is literary non-fiction.  There are so many a fine example that I find to be truly absorbing narratives that are based on fact.  It need not be a dreary and deathly boring overview of something true that's happened -- it can be wildly fun, engaging, and capturing the spirit of education and adventure.


Below are my my favorites that are more current and what I would place in my literary non-fiction category.
What do you think?


A Moveable Feast...Read my review of my favorite Hemingway by clicking here.


The City of Falling Angels...Berent's quirky characters amidst the Venetian waterways and alleys.









Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...My favorite Berendt work, and made my visit to Savannah, GA that much more alluring.



The Devil in the White City...Chicago's World Fair of 1893 and H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who preyed on the innocent women who traveled to Chicago.  I hear there is to be a movie soon, with Leonardo DiCaprio set to play H.H. Holmes




Happy Reading!
Coffee and a Book Chick

46 comments:

  1. I agree - why can't non-fiction be literary?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Erik Larson does write some compelling nonfiction, doesn't he?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I loved City of Falling Angels as well, such a wonderful story of Venice that really felt like a novel. Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil is on my to-read pile.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I totally agree with you & like your choices too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I loved The Devil in the White CIty. It was compelling and very detailed.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I like your choices, and would add How to Cook A Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well Literary non-fiction... sounds good :) and readable.. and not so boring :)

    I will definitely put these in my wishlist and see if they make me read more non-fiction ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Devil in the White City is on my "want" list!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I haven't read any of these, but I agree (see my post) that non-fiction can be literary. It does depend what it's about, though. A how-to type book is unlikely to be literary, whereas biographies and travelogues are much more likely to be literary.

    http://leeswammes.wordpress.com
    Leeswammes (Judith)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yes! Read all of these and absolutely agree! Totally forgot about A Moveable Feast--great example.

    If you liked The Devil in the White City, I'd also recommend The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale. Have you read it? The murder takes place during 1860s in London, so the author pulls in a lot of details about the authors of the time (Braddon, Dickens, Collins).

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have a copy of The Devil in the White City on my bookshelf and have been meaning to read it for years. It looks like a fantastic book...

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think any of David Sedaris' work would be literary non-fiction, as would literary travel writing and literary essays. Great answer to this question, Natalie!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I loved A Movable Feast when I read it, but the others are all new to me. Oh goodness! I'm emerging from this blog hop with a mountainous tbr pile! :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello thanks for stopping by I am one of your newest followers. I saw the movie of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" I will have to check this out . I will have to add City of Falling Angels to my TBR list!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I totally agree with you on Devil and the White City-I was thoroughly engrossed from page one to the end. And I hadn't heard about the movie-I'm super excited now!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I agree. Fine, well-written nonfiction can be literary. My favorite is probably MY FATHER'S PARADISE, by Ariel Sabar. A treasure!

    ReplyDelete
  17. You've listed 4 of my fav (or at least fav nonfiction) books as examples! Great post.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Not read any of these & my TBR is now being used by the space agency, as it's cheaper to clamber up it ,than it is to build rockets.
    Thanks.
    Parrish

    ReplyDelete
  19. I couldn't get through Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil, but Devil in The White City was awesome! I learned so many things about Chicago that I stll remember today. It's funny, I thought I didn't like nonfiction, then I read my friend's posts and I see how many nonfiction works I did in fact enjoy. Thanks for reminding me!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Golly I hope that Berendt has found some new story to write about in a place full of great characters.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I definitely want to read The City of Fallen Angels.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really, really want to read A Moveable Feast!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I absolutely agree that there is such a thing as literary nonfiction. Of your picks, I've only read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but the other three are all either on my list or already on my shelves! I'd say The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks would qualify as well.

    ReplyDelete
  24. How could I have forgotten Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? I loved that book, and really need to check out his new one! A Moveable Feast has been near the top of my tbr pile for months...

    ReplyDelete
  25. I think Leonardo DiCaprio is perfect for Devil in the White city, don't you? Can't wait to watch that!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm DYING to get my hands on A Moveable Feast.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Never read any of these. Good suggestions

    ReplyDelete
  28. Interesting stuffs you have here. This is my first visit here.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Great examles of literary non fiction. Sadly, I haven't read any of the titles though. I need to read Devil in a white city.

    Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Good examples of literary nonfiction, I think. I love this kind of writing. Sadly, textbook-ish nonfiction has ruined many people from reading nonfiction...perhaps from reading altogether!

    Here's my post on literary nonfiction. I'd love to hear what you think.

    And if you have read any wonderful literary books
    published in 2010, I urge you to nominate your favorites
    for The Independent Literary Awards. The awards
    include categories of Literary Fiction and Literary Non-Fiction.
    Nominations close December 15.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Forgot to mention that I'm a new follower!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I might even go as far to say that nonfiction should be literary! :) Oh, A Moveable Feast would be way up there on my list too!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I've never got on with Hemmingway so I ought to try A Moveable Feast. Adding it to the tbr list!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I've never got on with Hemmingway so I ought to try A Moveable Feast. Adding it to the tbr list!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I really want to read in the garden..I remember watching the film and really enjoying it.

    I quite enjoyed the Devil in the evil in the white city, I had to read it as part of a book group which is when I get most of my non-fiction reading done.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Sorry that I'm not replying from home where I can see the book-shelves, but what about the many books written by Oliver Sacks who makes the subject of neurology something engaging and intriguing for non-medical readers like me. I'm thinking of "The man who mistook his wife for a hat", "Awakenings" (which was made into a complelling movie). Anyone who thinks it was far-fetched should work where I do (with intellectually disabled young adults). Also "A leg to stand on" and "An anthropologist on Mars". I know there are others but memory fails me.

    Am adding your titles to my newest list.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I second Midnight in the Garden and I alos have his other one you mentioned, the one that takes place in Venice. Haven't read it yet though.
    Seabiscuit is another great non-fiction book. Liked it much more than I thought I would.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hey! Just thought you might be interested in checking out my latest book giveaway at amandarosetew.blogspot.com!

    ReplyDelete
  39. The City of Fallen Angels sounds like a good one.

    ReplyDelete
  40. A movie of The Devil in the White City? I just finished reading the book and will have to consider whether I could stomach watching some of those scenes.

    I liked the movie of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I definitely think there is such a think as literary nonfiction. Your suggestions are great! I will have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendations!

    ReplyDelete
  42. oh why did i not realize that it was the same author of midnight in the garden of good and evil who wrote the city of falling angels....man oh man i've got to get that book! and erik larson - whew! I had no idea a movie was in the works! I can so see DiCaprio as Holmes!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I didn't know Berendt had another book besides Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which is such a good book. I will be on the lookout for it now, since literary nonfiction is my favorite genre!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Finally blog with usable informations.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award here: http://baffledbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/in-which-i-get-a-shiny-award/

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...