Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction

If your group likes nonfiction, the experts at the extremely valuable Fiction_L have updated their list of nonfiction that reads like fiction.  Here’s a sampling of  2008/2009 titles.  The complete list, which you can find in the Fiction_L archives,  has two parts: 2003 and newer titles, and earlier titles. 

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Meth Addiction by David Sheff

27964500Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Hissy Fits by Celia Rivenbark

The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton

Death by Leisure: A Cautionary Tale by Chris Ayres

Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World  by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter

The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward 26983466Dolnick

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone by Beth Lisick

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: Memories of Food and Heartbreak by Giulia Melucci
I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany by Mark Greenside

Jewish Pirates Of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler

Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris

Split: A Memoir of Divorce  by Suzanne Finnamore

The Wonder Crew: The Untold Story of a Coach, Navy Rowing, and Olympic Opportunity by Susan Saint Sing

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell



About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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  1. I’d add Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and The Chess Artist by J.C. Hallman

    Here’s my review of Three Cups of Tea:

    I haven’t reviewed The Chess Artist yet because I don’t remember where I put it. 🙁

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