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Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction

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Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction

All too often, nonfiction is perceived as too difficult to read and not very entertaining.  The following booklist will change your mind.  While all the books are nonfiction, they will all inform and entertain you while telling a story, and of course, all are available at the  Manchester Public Library.  As the saying goes "get real"!


On Writing: a memoir of the craft Stephen King (B King & CD Book)

In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences Truman Capote (346.152)

Flu: the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search for the virus that caused it Gina Kolata (614.518)

Word Freak: heartbreak, triumph, genius and obsession in the world of competitive Scrabble players Stefan Fatsis (793.73)  

Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster Jon Krakauer (796.522 & CD Book)

Flags of Our Fathers James Bradley (940.5426)  

Julie and Julia: my year of cooking dangerously Julie Powell (B Powell)  

Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers Mary Roach (611 & CD Book)
A Civil Action Jonathan Harr (346.7303)  

Shadow Divers: the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of WWII Robert Kurson (940.5451)  

Bringing Down the House: the inside story of six MIT students who took Vegas for millions Ben Mezrich (364.172)  

The Lobster Chronicles: life on a very small island Linda Greenlaw (974.145)  

Friday Night Lights: a town, a team and a dream H. Bissinger (796.332)  

The Devil in the White City: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America Erik Larson (364.1523)  

Love in the Driest Season: a family memoir Neely Tucker (362.734 & CD Book)  

Complications: a surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science Atul Gawande (617.092 & CD Book)  

Seabiscuit: an American legend Laura Hillenbrand (798.4 & CD Book)  

Into the Wild Jon Krakauer (917.9804)  

The Perfect Storm: a true story of men against the sea Sebastian Junger (974.45)  

Faithful: two diehard Boston Red Sox fans chronicle the historic 2004 season Stewart O’Nan (796.357 & CD Book)  

There Are No Children Here: the story of two boys growing up in the other America Alex Kotlowitz (305.23)  

Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the opening of the American West Stephen Ambrose (917.8042)  

A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Bill Bryson (917.4044 & CD Book)  

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—case closed Patricia Cornwell (364.1523 & CD Book)  

Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich (305.569 & CD Book)  

A Trip to the Beach: living on island time in the Caribbean Melinda & Robert Blanchard (972.973)  

Lusitania: an epic tragedy Diana Preston ( 940.4)  

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt (975.872 & CD Book)

How Starbucks Saved My Life:a son of privilege learns to live like everyone else Michael Gates Gill (B)

Manhunt:the 12 day chase for Lincoln's killer James Swanson (364.1524 & CD)


updated 02/2013