NONFICTION BOOK RECS

Hoping to read more nonfiction this year. What's your favorite nonfiction book?
  1. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  2. Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
    I'm a sucker for war history books and Ambrose is one of my favorite historians/authors. If you liked the mini-series you'll love this.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  3. Anything by Malcolm Gladwell
    So readable and definitely changes your thinking or stays with you for years.
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  4. Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter
    TBH, haven't read this yet, but it's near the top of my list. If you've read her older Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," this book stemmed from that. I was so excited to see her speak on the topic and the book, and she really blew me away. In this, she shares her vision for true equality at work and at home.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  5. Tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed
    Even if you don't think you need advice, you need Cheryl's advice
    Suggested by   @victoriaedel
  6. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
    Maybe watch the Ted Talk first.
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie
  7. Empty Mansions - Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr
    It's the story of a woman who inherited a fortune, grew up in the Guilded Age, and became a recluse. It was fascinating.
    Suggested by   @kelrie
  8. Agent Zigzag by Ben Mcyntire
    One of a series of books about espionage during WWII. They're all really fascinating. The English outwitted Hitler over and over again.
    Suggested by   @jannychan
  9. Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob
    A sink-your-teeth-in sorta saga
    Suggested by   @TheSteve
  10. loved this!
    Suggested by   @abbyd
  11. Suggested by   @shanaz
  12. How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
    Best I read in 2015. A page-turner for sure.
    Suggested by   @tothemaxxx
  13. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
    So important! First hand account of young girl's early life in N. Korea, her escape through China with human trafficking and then another escape into S. Korea to become a human rights advocate.
    Suggested by   @femme_brewer
  14. Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
    Sophia Duleep Singh is so fascinating and I could but believe I'd never heard of her before this book! It so well written and researched. I keep trying to get more people to read it!
    Suggested by   @femme_brewer
  15. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
    Her brutally honest account of being transgendered woman. I think this should be required reading! This book was my introduction to transgender lit
    Suggested by   @femme_brewer
  16. The Swerve - How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
    Centres on how Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) was rediscovered during the Renaissance and its effect on Western thought, and more generally tells the story of the birth of Humanism. Focusses on the rebels who in Classical times believed that the universe was a random collection of atoms rather than a predetermined deity controlled place, and those 1500 years later such as my fave Giordano Bruno who were killed by the Inquisition for believing that the universe was infinite.
    Suggested by   @Alphonse
  17. Bloodlands- Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
    I hesitate to recommend this as it is not a "fun" book, but since there are other WWII books on this list; we all know about the invasion of Western Europe, The Blitz, D Day... but the death and destruction in Eastern Europe is hard to comprehend. This scholarly book gives you all the details.
    Suggested by   @Alphonse
  18. Erik Larson is a nonfiction favorite.
    Suggested by   @Egghead
  19. Boy, by Roald Dahl - whimsical, yet real, heartbreaking and hopeful, because you know how his story ends up
    Suggested by   @avecsarah
  20. The Fish that Ate the Whale- Rich Cohen This was a really cool read. The author has a good style.
    Suggested by   @itsbaker
  21. First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
    First-person account of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 70s. Really important history that's not talked about enough.
    Suggested by   @goobs
  22. A Higher Call- Adam Makos Truly touching story about people showing compassion.
    Suggested by   @itsbaker
  23. Stiff
    It's about what could happen when you die. It is hilarious. My favorite chapter was about people who dedicate their bodies to prove if Jesus could have really hung on a cross for multiple days.
    Suggested by   @michelleanne