Nonfiction November: Our To Read List


Our first Nonfiction November has been great! We got some great comments on our posts about nonfiction read this year, a modern American history reading list, and diversity in nonfiction . And, we discovered more bloggers with great taste in nonfiction of all varieties!

This week we’re sharing a few of the books that we heard about this week that we can’t wait to read!


Thanks to helpful comments from that amazing Shannon at River City Reading, I need to read these two books, like yesterday: The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Highjacking by Brendan Koerner and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

I loved this post about jumping into nonfiction by Trish. After reading it, I immediately looked up The Lost City of Z  and The Professor and The Madman. So many great recommendations in that post!

Olduvaireads had a great list of food nonfiction books. Doesn’t this book sound interesting? The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA’s Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America by Mark Kurlansky. I mean, who knew?:

Before the national highway system brought the country closer together; before chain restaurants imposed uniformity and low quality; and before the Frigidaire meant frozen food in mass quantities, the nation’s food was seasonal, regional, and traditional. It helped form the distinct character, attitudes, and customs of those who ate it.

In the 1930s, with the country gripped by the Great Depression and millions of Americans struggling to get by, FDR created the Federal Writers’ Project under the New Deal as a make-work program for artists and authors. A number of writers, including Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, and Nelson Algren, were dispatched all across America to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local people. The project, called “America Eats,” was abandoned in the early 1940s because of the World War and never completed. The Food of a Younger Land unearths this forgotten literary and historical treasure and brings it to exuberant life.

Finally, I need to read everything on this list about reproductive rights. In fact, I think everyone needs to read more on this topic!


I now need to read all of these:

For my American history kick: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration thanks to Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

I can’t remember where I picked this suggestion up, but I feel like I saw it recommended a lot! The Empathy Exams.  Sounds fascinating.

Far From the Tree: Children, Parents and the Search for Identity -Recommended by the lovely Paperback Princess.  This sounds really interesting!

Shackleton’s journey is one I always want to read about and thanks to My Book Strings I added Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage to my list. And she also led me to: Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West by Ethan Rarick.  The cafeteria in my college student center was named after one of the Donner Party so I feel compelled to learn the story.

Last, this is one I learned about from Edelweiss and I am so excited I just got the ARC  Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World.  I love books about amazing women! Goodreads is giving copies away now too so go check it out!

What books did you add to your nonfiction list?  Maybe we need more suggestions?


  1. I’ve added The Warmth of Other Suns to my list as well, and I just got The Lost City of Z from the library. Now I am off to Goodreads to hopefully win a copy of Headstrong. This month has definitely increased my enthusiasm for nonfiction!

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