Ten Nonfiction Books on my TBR List

unbrokenI don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but for some reason I have a growing pile of it on my TBR list, and every day I’m hearing about something new I want to read.  So I enjoyed Nonfiction November, because it gave me even more good reading ideas.   This week’s topic was ten nonfiction books we’ve added to our TBR list.  I’m cheating a little, posting two books I just read, and a few I’ve been meaniconfidenceng to read for a while.  I’d love for you to weigh in about what you recommend or what you’d like to hear more about.

1) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I just finished this book about a U.S. World War II pilot who is first stranded in a raft in the Pacific, then captured and held in Japanese prison camps. There’s a movie version coming this winter.

2) The Confidence Code by Kwonder womanatty Kay and Claire Shipman. These two journalists researched how women hold themselves back because of lack of confidence (and how to stop). Did anyone see the recent “I’m sorry” Pantene ad? If this book (like that ad) doesn’t resonate with a lot of women out there, I’ll be surprised.

3) Wild by Cheryl Strayed. About a woman who picks up and walks the Pacific Crest Trail to deal with an emotional crisis.   This one’s also coming soon in a movie. It’s also been highly recommended by my sister and good friends.

4) The Secret History of Wonder Wwild truthoman by Jill Lepore. Along the lines of reading about empowered women is this book about the origins of our favorite (and underappreciated) female super hero.

5) The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless. A follow up to one of my favorite books, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, only this is the story of Chris McCandless told by his sister.

6) Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed by Meghaselfishn Daum. Sixteen writers talk about their decision not to have children. The title alone makes me want to read this book.

7) How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Okay, this is clearly a very woman-centered list. I’ve heard great things about Moran. Feminism and humor, what’s not to like?path

8 and 9) Half the Sky and A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I saw some of Half the Sky on PBS and it was fantastic. Kristof and WuDunn are doing amazing work informing people about the struggles women and girls face around the world. The first book focuses on the problem, and the second book is about what we can all do about it.

10) The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. A very highly rated book about the Dust Bowl, which I’m fascinated by (but woefully ignorant of). The most interesting part of the recent movie Interstellar was when they showed real footage of Dust Bowl survivors.

For other great nonfiction reads, check out Nonfiction November.

  8 comments for “Ten Nonfiction Books on my TBR List

  1. November 29, 2014 at 5:48 am

    How to be a Woman is fantastic – I might investigate Wild when the film comes out too.

  2. November 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Ooh, these all sound good! I hadn’t heard of The Confidence Code, but I feel like it could be helpful for dealing with the challenges of grad school 🙂

    • December 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

      The Confidence Code was fascinating and I felt like it had a lot of helpful suggestions in it. Thanks for commenting! I really enjoyed Nonfiction November.

      • December 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        I actually just picked this up at my library today, so hopefully I’ll be reading it soon!

  3. November 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I have Unbroken on my TBR list, also. It looks like such a great read, but I have to finish it before seeing the movie!

  4. November 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Ooh! The Secret History of Wonder Woman! That one is on my to-read list too. But I can’t recommend Half the Sky. I read it for a class on trafficking, and the class consensus was that it was great at manipulating emotions, but terrible at providing a clear picture of what’s going on in the world since it’s basically a bunch of cherry-picked anecdotes.

    • December 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Thanks for the comment! It’s helpful to hear negative things, I haven’t heard anything about Half the Sky except what I saw on PBS or read in Kristof’s editorials, although I read a good review of A Path Appears. I can see where it might not provide a very thorough picture but maybe it’s just meant to get people thinking so they learn more? I felt that way about the movie on trafficking with Rachel Weisz.

      • December 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

        That certainly could be the case! It probably won’t hurt you so long as it’s part of a broader literary diet, but I have the suspicion that a lot of people read Kristof and only Kristof on this subject.

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