This week’s theme for Non-Fiction November, brought to you by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Lu at Regular Rumination, is pairing a non-fiction book together with a fiction book. Easy, right? That’s what I thought until I gave it a try. Shannon over at River City Reading has the list I would have liked to come up with, but didn’t. Here is my offering:
The Hive by Gill Hornby. I loved this novel. It was funny and very real. Here’s my review. It was inspired by the Non-Fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. More recently, Wiseman has also published Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads. Both deal with the social pressures of fitting in. As an added bonus, I’m also including the movie Mean Girls (2004). Queen Bees and Wannabes also inspired Tina Fey to pen this movie.
Wonderful pairings! I haven’t heard of the books you mentioned, but I really liked Mean Girls. Queen Bees and Wannabees sounds very interesting.
THE HIVE is really great as well. Social satire on the school playground involving the moms at drop off and pick up. And Gill Hornby is Nick Hornby sister, so you know it’s going to be good.
I’ve read “Queen Bees” but not “The Hive”–it’s now on my TBR list!
this does sound quite challenging. rather you than me
These are great! I thought Queen Bees and Wannabees was really interesting, I didn’t realize The Hive was inspired by it or she had written another book.
I think this is a great pairing. Both The Hive and Queen Bees have been on my reading list for a while. I love books about interesting social dynamics 🙂
Everyone, read THE HIVE. It was amazing.
I love the idea of pairing fiction and non-fiction books, especially since I just read a work of fiction inspired by a true story.
I knew that Mean Girls was based on Queen Bees & Wannabes, but I had never heard of the other books! They are definitely going on my TBR.
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