Today the Managing Editors of Inside Pages (Stephanie Smith) and River North Fiction (Natalie Myers) are trading guest posts to round up some of the best in both fiction and non-fiction! Visit www.rivernorthfiction.com to read “5 Non-Fiction Books for Fiction Readers.”
Natalie Myers is a social media specialist with Moody Publishers and the managing editor of the River North Fiction blog. When she’s not reading books or tweeting about them, Natalie enjoys perfecting her cheesecake recipe and trekking the Chicago area in her little M&M blue car. Follow her on Twitter @natalie_elyse for infrequent pieces of trivia from her life and the publishing industry.
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a child, I believed that books only had two categories: “for kids” and “for grown-ups.” When I was a slightly-older child, I learned that the two categories most accurate to book-sorting were actually “fiction” and “non-fiction.”
Although I tend to lean toward non-fiction—travel books, cookbooks, biographies—I’ve found that reading fiction makes my non-fiction reading better, and vice versa. With my recent role as managing editor for the River North Fiction blog, I’ve had the chance to be exposed to our fiction titles on a regular basis. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite picks of fiction books that even non-fiction readers might enjoy:
1. Pearl in the Sand, by Tessa Afshar
Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.
Tessa’s debut novel sweeps readers into the story of Rahab, combining quick wit and excellent research to create characters you will want to hold onto long after the pages are done. (Fortunately, Tessa’s next book, Harvest of Rubies comes out this May!)
2. Walk With Me, by Annie Wald (releasing in September 2012)
Inspired by the timeless classic Pilgrim’s Progress, Annie Wald’s Walk with Me exposes the journey of marriage as the epic passage that it is and the refining process it can become.
3. A Marriage Carol, by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry
On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit. When their car slides off the road and Marlee wakes up to find Jacob missing, she rushes to look for help. In the midst of the snowstorm, she finds help she never expected—and a decision she must be ready to face.
4. The Familiar Stranger, by Christina Berry
When Craig Littleton lands in the ICU after an accident with a fuzzy memory of the life he once lived, his wife Denise rushes to help him get better. Yet on their road to recovery, she discovers some dark secrets. An affair? An emptied bank account? A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?
What will Denise do when she realizes Craig is not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?
5. Ruth’s Redemption, by Marlene Banks-Benn
A gripping slave-era novel, Ruth’s Redemption is a story of love, forgiveness, and (naturally) redemption. As a slave purchased and sold primarily for breeding, Ruth’s heart is filled with resentment and bitterness. Yet when she meets Bo, a godly man and freed slave, her life is destined to change.
What fiction books would you recommend to non-fiction readers? What non-fiction book would you recommend to someone who says he only enjoys fiction?