Friday Favorites: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Friday, May 7, 2010Posted by Melissa (Avid Reader)
I first read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in high school. Up until that point my favorite books were all fiction. I loved classics and mystery series, but I rarely read nonfiction. I assumed it was all dry and boring.
Reading Midnight was a shocking experience. It was wonderful! The descriptions of people were intoxicating. I was completely enamored with the whole city of Savannah. I could picture every street and quirky neighbor. The fact that those people really existed and those things really happened just made it all the more amazing.
Since my first reading I've reread it many times. Different details and characters stand out to me each time. I also visited the city with some friends a couple years ago and seeing the restaurant, homes and cemetery Berendt describes made the book come alive even more.
Midnight opened the door to the world of creative nonfiction for me. I still love fiction, but some of my favorite books are travel memoirs or nonfiction accounts of war.
Do you guys have any books like that; books that opened your eyes to a new genre?
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