For this week’s TTT hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, we’ve got a list of ten great books to try if you like narrative nonfiction – or nonfiction that reads like a really great story. Even if you don’t think you like to read nonfiction, give one of these books a try!
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – probably the book I recommend most often, and it’s about a serial killer. What does that say about me?
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan – the story of the biggest project in American history that you don’t even know you didn’t know about.
Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes by Daniel Everett – this is one I used in a class I used to teach, and it interweaves anthropology and faith in surprising ways. I am pretty sure not all my students actually read the book, but the ones that did found it way more fun to read than the textbook!
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt – If you were led astray and saw this movie, banish all thoughts from your mind and read the book now. It is amazing and I reread it often. Savannah is at the top of my list of places to visit because of this book.
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer – Murder, polygamy and special religious underwear? Yes.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Oh my lord Louie Zamperini was a bad ass. This book broke my heart.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot –This was just fascinating. The science and the personal stories are both so well told.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff – This book had me on the edge of my seat – both waiting to hear who would survive the original accident and for the fate of search for the plane.
What’s on your list?