Nonfiction Book Recommendations

I recently finished listening to Leah Remini’s Troublemaker. I loved the book! Leah narrates it, and does a phenomenal job. I want to be her friend in real life. She’s strong, committed, feisty, and downright hilarious.

The book is primarily about her time (30 something years) as a Scientologist. 


Reading (listening to) it got me on a bit of a nonfiction kick. I am currently reading (listening to) The Ballad of a Whiskey Robber. It’s presented like a radio show, and so far it’s kind super interesting and fun. It’s “the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe”. So far, it’s living up to its claims.

In my last October newsletter, I asked readers for nonfiction book recommendations. 

Here’s the list of the top recommendations. Hope you find something interesting to read!

Michelle Obama’s Becoming

A Sand County Almanac (with essays on conservation from Round River) by Aldo Leopold

The Outermost House (A Year Of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod) by Henry Beston

The Field House, A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine, by Robin Clifford Wood. 

Tornado, by John Nichol.

Higher Calling

Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

The Gates of Janus, by Ian Brady 

Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats, by Colin Butcher

I Will Find You and Killer Triggers, by Joe Kenda

March trilogy, by Congressman John Lewis, with Andrew Aydin and art by Nate Powell

They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Countdown 1945, by Chris Wallace

The Happiest Man on Earth, by Eddie Jaku

Peril, by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa

Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters, by Kim Todd

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, by Esther Hautzig

Zamba: The True story of the Greatest Lion that Ever Lived, by Ralph Helfer

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immaculee Ilibagiza & Steve Erwin

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five sisters, one remarkable family, and the woman who risked everything to keep them safe

Run, Don’t Walk: The Curious and Chaotic life of a Physical Therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Ce Bree, by Adelle Levine

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who saved Him

Tuesday’s Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives

Nujeen: One girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor’s Heart

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

Upstairs At the White House: My life with the First Ladies, by JB West; Marylynn Kotz

Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hill

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 

The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Wm World War II, by Denise Kiernan

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women who Propelled us from Missiles to the Moon and Mars, by Nathalia  Holt

Band of Brothers

It’s Only Too Late if you Don’t Start Now, Barbara Sher

Judy: The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero

Reckless: Pride of the Marines