I see my uncle and aunt-in-law a few times a year, and anytime we find ourselves together we swap book recommendations. They are both retired chemistry professors and tend to read mostly non-fiction.
I love this because good non-fiction can be difficult to find. In spite of this, these two not only find interesting stories, but ones written by people who know how to write in a readable, engaging way. History and science can be riveting. It just depends on how you package it. It doesn’t need to be dull and dry, and I do believe non-fiction is starting to take off more because we have learned this as readers and writers. Nevertheless, finding them can still be a challenge.
Last spring, we had all traveled to California to see my husband’s grandfather. He, too, is an abundant reader, and I figured I was bound to go home with more books of the non-fiction variety. I did.
As if all my new reading assignments might not be enough, Scott’s aunt asked one afternoon if I had read Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. I said that I hadn’t. She told me it was about the Osage Native Americans. I had a momentary let down. I’m not super into Native American history or history of the western United States during pioneer days.
But she described that the book discusses the Osage reign of terror which led the FBI to become the investigative force we have today. She had my attention again. She said it was really well written, so I thought maybe I should give it a go.
I put it on my Christmas list and was lucky enough to get it in my annually gifted box o’ books. When I started reading it I was shocked at how gripping the story was. I finished it in just a few days which is quick, even for me.
It is a story with so much tragedy and yet so much intrigue. At times it was hard to believe I was reading a non-fiction tale. It seemed like it should have been a novel. It is one of the few books I’ve read where I totally get the hype and I understand why it was named one of Amazon’s best books of the year for 2017.
At this point, I want to read all of Mr. Grann’s other work. He is a remarkable writer who is actually giving my favorite non-fiction writer, Sam Kean, a run for his money. I’m eagerly awaiting my next visit with Scott’s aunt and uncle to not only tell them how much I loved their latest recommendation, but to ask about what others they have found in the meantime.
Have you read Killers of the Flower Moon? What did you think? What non-fiction books do you recommend?