And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. I have been trying to get myself into the habit of reading more nonfiction now that I am not having regularly scheduled learnings, so I picked up Melanie Rehak's Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her. That makes two nonfiction books for this year! . . . both of which were in fact nonfiction about the production of fiction, but, you know, baby steps. Anyways, I devoured Nancy Drew when I was little (and 'fess up, guys, I know at least some of you did too) and I remember only gradually figuring out that Carolyn Keene was not real - mostly when I tried doing the math and realized she would have had to be writing constantly from the 1930s to the 1990s - so the most interesting part for me was reading about the development of the ghostwriting process, the struggles over the character between ghostwriters and editor, and the creative syndicate's attempts to keep up the illusion that there was a real, consistent Carolyn Keene. As for the rest, I would have liked a less biography and more analysis of the changes in the books over the decades (glaring omission: the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys crossovers!) but it was a pretty interesting look at the publishing process and collective creation of a character.
Also, now that I have finished all the nonfiction books in my to-read pile, if you have any nonfiction book recs to throw at me I would appreciate it!