Sunday, August 28, 2011

5 Best Books: Based on a True Story

5 Best Books is a meme hosted by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston
This week's topic:  the 5 best books based on a true story

    My list, in no particular order:
  1. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally.  This is a novel based on the efforts of Oskar Schindler, a reluctant hero, to save the lives of hundreds of Jews in Czechoslovakia.  The movie is exceptional as well.
  2. The Paris Wife by Paula McClain.  A novel about Ernest and Hadley Hemingway and their years in Paris.   
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Yes, this is non-fiction so by definition it is based on a true story; but this book reads like a novel and got me to connect emotionally to the "characters" of the story.
  4. Guernica:  A Novel by Dave Boling.  Fascinating story about the events leading up to and following the terrible attack on the Basque city during the Spanish Civil War.
  5. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt.  Another non-fiction book, this time about Venice and a fire that destroyed its historic opera house in 1996.  I frankly had no real interest in visiting Venice until I read this book.


  1. Oh, yes! Great choices! I have read a few of these, and a few others are on my list. I totally agree that Guernica was a fabulous book, and deserved a spot on this list!

  2. I chose several non-fiction titles that read like novels to put on my list. This topic was harder than I thought it would be when I chose it! I think I need to read The Paris Wife, and I'm very interested in Henrietta Lacks.

    Fantastic list!

  3. Loved Guernica, great book. I had some problems with Schindler's List/Ark as I wonder if Keneally tried too much to prove that Schindler was a good guy all along. Great list.


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