Book List: 50 Nonfiction Books + Some Additions

Lists of books are tricky for all the reasons one might expect: subjectivity, taste, culture, etc. The most common influence I see is time, as in ‘this year’, ‘the 21st century’, ‘the last 10 years’, and so on and so forth.

Today’s option is a list from and focuses on 50 nonfiction books of the past 25 years. I do read nonfiction when I need a break from heavy ficiton, and I’ve read some of these and have some of them saved on goodreads as ‘to-read’. Comments as follows and will link to reviews / book club questions for these as I write them (nb a ‘BC’ after the author means I read it or was meant to read it as part of a book club).

On the list, have read it:

  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers [BC]
  • Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
  • The Night of the Gun by David Carr
  • Dreamland by Sam Quinones [BC]

On the list, have not read it:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot [BC]
  • How to Survive A Plague by David France

Other nonfiction not on the list, have read and would recommend:

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  • Junky by William S. Borroughs
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers [BC]
  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee [BC] and Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [BC]
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • Life with Picasso by Francoise Gilot
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher and How to Disappear Completely by Kelsey Osgood
  • Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  • Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp and Blackout by Sarah Hepola
  • It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner
  • Perseopolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Educated by Tara Westover [BC]
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