October 19, 2020 – Book recommendations from a non-fiction enthusiast (Part One).

I decided today to write about something a bit different than what I normally would. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy nothing more than a good (non-fiction) book and I thought it might be nice to share a few of the books I’ve read that I’ve particularly enjoyed just in case you’re a non-fiction enthusiast, too. They aren’t in any particular order, but they do consist mostly of biographies and autobiographies. Some are funny, some are sad, some are inspirational and some will simply break your heart. Anyway, I’m going to provide you with a few titles to check out and I hope you find them worth your while.

  • Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden 
  • Troublemaker by Leah Remini
  • Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
  • The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond
  • Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon
  • Dearie by Bob Spitz
  • Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton
  • Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
  • Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
  • American Rose by Karen Abbott
  • An American Family by Khizr Khan
  • Is It Just Me? by Whoopi Goldberg
  • I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson
  • A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Silver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant
  • Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
  • Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney by Howard Sounes
  • Enrique’s Journey : The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother by Sonia Nazario
  • My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler 
  • Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins
  • Petty by Warren Zanes
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
  • Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
  • The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost by Peter Manseau
  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee
  • This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
  • Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

Alright, this should keep you busy for a while! By the way, all of these books I got through my local library on Overdrive (I use a Kindle). So if you are worried about expenses, there’s no need to be! They’re all free!! Now all you need to do is procure one from your local library or bookstore, Amazon or any of the countless places you can pick up a book, find a nice comfy place to sit, and have at it!


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