This Literary Blog Hop is quickly becoming one of my favorite things in the week. I really enjoy connecting with all you fellow book lovers and bloggers and hearing your various thoughts. This week, the question is easy for me. "Is there such a thing as literary non-fiction?" Yes!
In my opinion, the very best response to this question is the book by Truman Capote: In Cold Blood. I have already written some of my thoughts on the topic. Please check it out HERE or you can find it in my List of Reviews tab. This is one of my all-time favorite books, and I believe it absolutely qualifies as "literary." The writing is phenomenal and compelling, and yet the subject matter is 100% true. I believe it is literary because it tells an engaging story and reveals a lot about human nature in the course of the work. It sparks thought and controversy, and I don't think I'll ever forget it. If anyone else has read it, I imagine they'll be singing its praises today on the blog hop. Again, I explain it better in my earlier review.
However, I think I would be cheating if I left my blog hop entry just like that. I have no doubt that there are more literary non-fiction books out there. It's been a while since I've read The Color of Water by James McBride, but from what I remember of it, I think it could qualify as well. I think it's more difficult to assess non-fiction in this category, especially with the celebrities' books that seem to be pouring into our bookstores these days. I would be cautious before I allowed an autobiography or memoir to come into the literary classification, but I do think it's possible. I'm eager to read the other blog hops today to find out what some of the other books out there in this category are!