To complement my First Quarter 2018 Best Reads: Fiction, I will now take a closer look at some non-fiction titles I’ve put on the growing 2018 longlist for the Miramichi Reader “The Very Best!” Book Award.
- Death at the Harbourview Cafe by Fred Humber
- Game Misconduct by Nathan Kalman-Lamb
- The Art and Passion of Guido Nincheri by Melanie Grondin
- The Homing Place by Rachel Bryant
- Tappan Adney and the Heritage of the St. John River Valley by Keith Helmuth
For me, it’s difficult not to like a non-fiction book, even if it is regarding a subject I am not that interested in. That was the case with two of the books here: Game Misconduct and The Art and Passion of Guido Nincheri. One was about violence in professional sports, the other about a master stained glass artist. However, as I was reading them, I soon became interested in the topic, a tribute to skillful and knowledgeable writing on behalf of the authors.
Death at the Harbourview Cafe is a true crime book that reads like a novel, The Homing Place is an enlightening discourse on early east coast Indigenous and Settler literature and the Tappan Adney book is like a beautiful scrapbook presentation of Tappan Adney’s life in Woodstock New Brunswick.
There are more non-fiction titles to be added in the next few months!