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22 Best Nonfiction Books

Discover a vast collection of nonfiction books that delve into real-life stories, facts, and knowledge, offering a captivating read for all.


On Writing

by Stephen King

4.8 (11197 reviews)

What is On Writing about?

In this captivating memoir, a renowned author shares his personal journey and insights into the craft of writing. With a blend of humor, honesty, and practical advice, the author delves into his own experiences, offering valuable tips and techniques for aspiring writers. From his early struggles to his eventual success, this book serves as a guide, inspiring readers to embrace their passion for writing and navigate the challenges of the creative process.

Who should read On Writing

  • Aspiring writers seeking valuable insights and practical advice on writing.

  • Fans of Stephen King curious about his writing process and journey.

  • Anyone interested in the art of storytelling and creative writing.


The Spy and the Traitor

by Ben Macintyre

4.7 (23756 reviews)

What is The Spy and the Traitor about?

In this gripping non-fiction narrative, the author delves into the thrilling true story of a high-ranking KGB officer who becomes a double agent for the British intelligence agency, MI6, during the height of the Cold War. Filled with suspense and intrigue, the book explores the dangerous world of espionage, highlighting the risks and sacrifices made by the spy to protect his country and the secrets he uncovers along the way.

Who should read The Spy and the Traitor

  • History enthusiasts interested in Cold War espionage and true stories.

  • Fans of thrilling spy narratives and real-life espionage accounts.

  • Individuals curious about the hidden world of double agents.


The Gene

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

4.7 (4339 reviews)

What is The Gene about?

"The Gene: An Intimate History" delves into the captivating world of genetics, exploring the profound impact genes have on our lives. Siddhartha Mukherjee takes readers on a journey through the history of genetics, from its discovery to the present day. With a blend of scientific expertise and personal anecdotes, Mukherjee unravels the complexities of genes, shedding light on their role in shaping our identities, health, and the future of medicine.

Who should read The Gene

  • Science enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive exploration of genetics.

  • Medical professionals looking to deepen their understanding of genetics.

  • Individuals curious about the impact of genes on human history.


The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth Kolbert

4.6 (6351 reviews)

What is The Sixth Extinction about?

"The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert explores the alarming reality of Earth's ongoing sixth mass extinction event. Through captivating storytelling and scientific research, Kolbert delves into the devastating impact of human activities on the planet's biodiversity. From the extinction of various species to the potential consequences for humanity, this thought-provoking book sheds light on the urgent need for environmental awareness and action to prevent further irreversible damage to our fragile ecosystems.

Who should read The Sixth Extinction

  • Environmentalists and conservationists interested in understanding the current state of biodiversity loss.

  • Science enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive exploration of the Earth's past mass extinctions.

  • Policy makers and educators looking for insights into the consequences of human activities on the planet.


How to Read a Book

by Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren

4.6 (5240 reviews)

What is How to Read a Book about?

This book is a comprehensive guide that teaches readers how to effectively read and understand various types of literature. It provides valuable insights and techniques to enhance reading skills, such as active reading, interpretation, and critical analysis. With practical advice and examples, the authors aim to empower readers to become more thoughtful and engaged readers, enabling them to extract deeper meaning and knowledge from any book they encounter.

Who should read How to Read a Book

  • Students of all ages seeking to improve their reading skills.

  • Educators and teachers looking for effective reading strategies to teach.

  • Individuals interested in deepening their understanding of complex texts.


Spy the Lie

by Phil Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero with Don Tennant

4.6 (3030 reviews)

What is Spy the Lie about?

In this insightful guide, three former CIA officers share their expertise on detecting deception. Drawing from their extensive experience in interrogations and interviews, the authors provide practical techniques and real-life examples to help readers uncover the truth. From analyzing verbal and nonverbal cues to understanding the psychology behind lying, this book equips readers with the skills to become effective lie detectors in various situations. Whether for personal or professional use, "Spy the Lie" is an essential resource for anyone seeking to unravel the mysteries of deception.

Who should read Spy the Lie

  • Individuals interested in learning techniques to identify deception accurately.

  • Professionals in law enforcement and intelligence seeking to enhance their skills in detecting lies.

  • Anyone curious about the psychology behind deception and its detection.


The Undocumented Americans

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

4.6 (2007 reviews)

What is The Undocumented Americans about?

"The Undocumented Americans" is a powerful and eye-opening book that sheds light on the lives and struggles of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Through personal narratives and in-depth reporting, the author, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, explores the untold stories of individuals living in the shadows, highlighting their resilience, dreams, and contributions to American society. This poignant and timely work challenges stereotypes and offers a compassionate perspective on the undocumented experience.

Who should read The Undocumented Americans

  • Immigrants seeking to understand the challenges faced by undocumented Americans.

  • Advocates and activists working towards immigration reform and social justice.

  • Anyone interested in gaining a deeper insight into the immigrant experience.


Stuff Matters

by Mark Miodownik, Ph.D.

4.6 (1438 reviews)

What is Stuff Matters about?

In this captivating exploration, a renowned scientist delves into the fascinating world of materials that surround us, revealing their hidden wonders and impact on our daily lives. From the glass in skyscrapers to the steel in our cars, Mark Miodownik takes readers on a journey through the history, science, and art behind the materials that shape our modern world, offering a fresh perspective on the seemingly ordinary objects we often overlook.

Who should read Stuff Matters

  • Scientists and engineers seeking a deeper understanding of materials.

  • Curious individuals interested in the science behind everyday objects.

  • Students studying materials science or related fields.


Vesper Flights

by Helen Macdonald

4.6 (1307 reviews)

What is Vesper Flights about?

"Vesper Flights" by Helen Macdonald is a captivating collection of essays that explores the intricate connections between humans and the natural world. With her keen observations and lyrical prose, Macdonald delves into various topics, from the mesmerizing flight of swifts to the complexities of migration and the profound impact of our interactions with animals. This thought-provoking book invites readers to contemplate our place within the vast tapestry of life on Earth.

Who should read Vesper Flights

  • Nature enthusiasts seeking poetic insights into the natural world.

  • Birdwatchers looking for captivating stories and scientific observations.

  • Fans of Helen Macdonald's previous work

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Becoming Nicole

by Amy Ellis Nutt

4.6 (1180 reviews)

What is Becoming Nicole about?

"Becoming Nicole" is a compelling non-fiction book that tells the inspiring story of a family's journey towards acceptance and understanding. Written by Amy Ellis Nutt, the book explores the transformation of a young American girl named Nicole, who courageously embraces her true identity as a transgender individual. Through the lens of Nicole's experiences, Nutt delves into the complexities of gender identity, highlighting the power of love, resilience, and the importance of embracing one's authentic self.

Who should read Becoming Nicole

  • Parents and families seeking understanding and support for transgender children.

  • Educators and professionals working with transgender individuals and their families.

  • Individuals interested in exploring the complexities of gender identity.


American Prison

by Shane Bauer

4.6 (747 reviews)

What is American Prison about?

In this gripping non-fiction work, a courageous journalist goes undercover as a prison guard to expose the dark realities of the American prison system. Shane Bauer's immersive account takes readers on a harrowing journey, shedding light on the profit-driven nature of incarceration and the dehumanizing conditions faced by inmates. Through his firsthand experiences, Bauer challenges our understanding of justice and raises important questions about the ethics of punishment in modern society.

Who should read American Prison

  • Journalists and reporters interested in understanding the prison system.

  • Activists and advocates seeking to reform the criminal justice system.

  • Individuals curious about the hidden realities of American prisons.


Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

4.5 (15649 reviews)

What is Hidden Valley Road about?

"Hidden Valley Road" delves into the extraordinary story of the Galvin family, a seemingly typical American family with twelve children. However, their lives are shattered when six of their sons are diagnosed with schizophrenia. Robert Kolker takes readers on a gripping journey, exploring the impact of mental illness on the Galvin family and shedding light on the complexities of the human mind. This poignant and thought-provoking book offers a compelling insight into the challenges faced by one family and the resilience they display in the face of adversity.

Who should read Hidden Valley Road

  • Mental health professionals seeking insights into schizophrenia and family dynamics.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the impact of mental illness on families.

  • Readers looking for a compelling true story of resilience and hope.


The Uninhabitable Earth

by David Wallace-Wells

4.5 (3640 reviews)

What is The Uninhabitable Earth about?

"The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" by David Wallace-Wells is a thought-provoking and urgent exploration of the devastating consequences of climate change. Through a meticulous analysis of scientific research and real-world examples, the book paints a grim picture of a future plagued by extreme heatwaves, rising sea levels, mass extinctions, and societal collapse. Wallace-Wells challenges readers to confront the harsh realities of our changing planet and emphasizes the need for immediate action to mitigate the impending catastrophe.

Who should read The Uninhabitable Earth

  • Environmental activists and policymakers concerned about the future of our planet.

  • Individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of the devastating effects of climate change.

  • Students and researchers studying the impact of global warming.


She Said

by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

4.5 (2594 reviews)

What is She Said about?

"She Said" is a powerful exposé that delves into the groundbreaking investigation by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, two investigative journalists, which ultimately sparked the #MeToo movement. This gripping book uncovers the shocking truth behind the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, shedding light on the courageous women who came forward and the obstacles they faced. With meticulous research and compelling storytelling, "She Said" unveils the profound impact of their reporting, igniting a global movement for justice and accountability.

Who should read She Said

  • Anyone interested in the #MeToo movement and its impact.

  • Journalists and reporters seeking insights into investigative journalism.

  • Individuals looking to understand the power dynamics behind sexual harassment.


The Double Helix

by James Watson, KBE

4.5 (1188 reviews)

What is The Double Helix about?

"The Double Helix" is a captivating memoir that delves into the exhilarating journey of unraveling the mystery behind the structure of DNA. Written by a renowned scientist, this personal account takes readers behind the scenes of the scientific community in the 1950s, revealing the intense competition, brilliant minds, and ethical dilemmas that shaped one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history.

Who should read The Double Helix

  • Scientists and researchers interested in the history of DNA discovery.

  • Biology students and enthusiasts seeking insights into DNA structure.

  • Individuals curious about the personal experiences of a renowned scientist.


If You Tell

by Gregg Olsen

4.3 (76860 reviews)

What is If You Tell about?

"If You Tell" is a gripping true crime book that delves into the horrifying story of a family plagued by abuse, murder, and the power of secrets. Gregg Olsen masterfully unravels the tale of three sisters who endured unimaginable torment at the hands of their own mother and stepfather. This chilling account explores the unbreakable bond between siblings as they finally find the courage to confront their past and seek justice for the crimes committed against them.

Who should read If You Tell

  • True crime enthusiasts seeking a gripping tale of murder and family secrets.

  • Fans of suspenseful non-fiction books exploring the complexities of sisterhood.

  • Those interested in the psychological dynamics of dysfunctional families.


Wuhan Diary

by Fang Fang

4.3 (341 reviews)

What is Wuhan Diary about?

"Wuhan Diary: Dispatches From A Quarantined City" is a poignant and intimate account of life during the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China. Written by Fang Fang, a renowned Chinese author, this book offers a firsthand perspective on the struggles, fears, and resilience of the city's residents. Through her daily journal entries, Fang Fang captures the emotional and physical toll of the pandemic, providing a powerful testament to the human spirit in times of crisis.

Who should read Wuhan Diary

  • Individuals interested in firsthand accounts of life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.

  • Journalists and researchers studying the impact of the pandemic in Wuhan.

  • Readers seeking personal narratives that shed light on resilience and community spirit during challenging times.


The Rome Plague Diaries

by Matthew Kneale

3.7 (9 reviews)

What is The Rome Plague Diaries about?

"The Rome Plague Diaries: Lockdown Life in The Eternal City" by Matthew Kneale offers a captivating and intimate account of life in Rome during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through personal reflections and vivid descriptions, the author takes readers on a journey through deserted streets, empty piazzas, and the resilience of its inhabitants. This poignant and timely book captures the essence of a city grappling with fear, uncertainty, and the enduring spirit of its people in the face of a global crisis.

Who should read The Rome Plague Diaries

  • History enthusiasts interested in the impact of pandemics on ancient civilizations.

  • Travelers planning a trip to Rome and seeking a unique perspective on the city's history.

  • Individuals curious about personal experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown in Rome.


The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

What is The Year of Magical Thinking about?

In this poignant memoir, a renowned writer reflects on the year following the sudden death of her husband. Joan Didion delves into the depths of grief, exploring the complexities of loss, memory, and the human capacity to endure. With raw honesty and lyrical prose, she navigates the labyrinth of her emotions, offering a profound meditation on love, resilience, and the transformative power of grief.

Who should read The Year of Magical Thinking

  • Individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of grief and mourning.

  • Readers seeking a profound and introspective memoir on loss.


Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson

What is Three Cups of Tea about?

In this inspiring true story, a man's mission to promote peace takes center stage. Greg Mortenson's journey unfolds as he builds schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing education to children who have been denied this basic right. Through his tireless efforts, Mortenson not only transforms the lives of countless individuals but also fosters understanding and bridges cultural divides, proving that education can be a powerful tool for peace.

Who should read Three Cups of Tea

  • Educators and school administrators interested in promoting peace through education.

  • Humanitarian workers seeking inspiration and insights into grassroots initiatives.

  • Individuals passionate about making a positive impact in developing nations.


The Anthropocene Reviewed

by John Green

What is The Anthropocene Reviewed about?

"The Anthropocene Reviewed" is a collection of thought-provoking essays by a renowned author. With a focus on the human impact on our planet, the book explores various aspects of our existence, from the mundane to the extraordinary. Through insightful and witty observations, the author delves into topics such as technology, animals, and historical events, offering a unique perspective on the human experience in the Anthropocene era.

Who should read The Anthropocene Reviewed

  • Fans of John Green's thought-provoking and insightful writing style.

  • Environmentalists and those interested in the impact of humans on the planet.

  • Readers seeking a unique blend of personal anecdotes and scientific analysis.


The Baseball 100

by Joe Posnanski

What is The Baseball 100 about?

"The Baseball 100" is a captivating exploration of the greatest players in the history of baseball. Written by acclaimed sports writer Joe Posnanski, this book takes readers on a journey through the sport's rich history, highlighting the exceptional talents and achievements of the top 100 players. With insightful analysis and engaging storytelling, Posnanski delves into the lives and careers of these legendary athletes, offering a comprehensive and entertaining tribute to the game of baseball.

Who should read The Baseball 100

  • Baseball enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive ranking of the sport's greatest players.

  • Fans looking to deepen their knowledge of baseball history.

  • Sports lovers interested in exploring the game's iconic figures.