Recommended Nonfiction

One of my friends from college recently asked me what memoirs I was reading, after I posted on facebook about having read a bunch of stripping memoirs while sitting poolside during the summer (those were the days…I miss you already, summer), so this morning I made a list of all the nonfiction (not just memoir) books that I’ve enjoyed in recent years. Granted, a lot of my books are on loan to friends, and I just went with what was on my bookshelf this morning, so this is not a totally inclusive list, but, the subject matter of the list is rather vast. These books are in no particular order whatsoever. Enjoy! I’m thinking about compiling a fiction and poetry list as well. And yes, I have a huge bookshelf (the Expedit), from Ikea, of course.

Hillbilly Gothic-Adrienne Martini

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight-Alexandra Fuller

Marrying George Clooney-Amy Ferris

I Was Told There’d Be Cake & How Did You Get This Number-Sloane Crosley

Loose Girl-Kerry Cohen

The Liars’ Club, Cherry & Lit-Mary Karr

The Summer of Ordinary Ways-Nicole Lea Helget

Devil in the Details-Jennifer Traig

Truth & Beauty-Ann Patchett

Smashed-Koren Zailckas

Bare & Wanderlust-Elisabeth Eaves

Happy-Alex Lemon

Petal Pusher-Laurie Lindeen

Girl, Interrupted-Susanna Kaysen

Searching for Mercy Street-Linda Gray Sexton

Swallow the Ocean-Laura Flynn

Autobiography of a Face-Lucy Grealy

Don’t Call Me Mother-Linda Joy Myers

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem-Jillian Lauren

A Beautiful Mind-Sylvia Nasar

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellion-Gloria Steinem

Second Sex-Simone de Beauvoir

Feminine Mystique-Betty Friedan

Chalked Up-Jennifer Sey

The Boys of My Youth-Jo Ann Beard

Bossypants-Tina Fey

Joliet Girl-Francine Tolf

A Room of One’s Own-Virginia Woolf

Welcome to My Country & Lying-Lauren Slater

Telling-Patricia Weaver Francisco

I’m Sorry You Feel That Way-Diana Joseph

Anything by these authors: David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Joan Didion, Michael Pollan, Jon Krakauer, Sarah Vowell, Jeanette Winterson

 

 

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