It’s hard enough to choose a new book, let alone something outside of our usual comfort zone. Diehard fiction lovers tend to stay in their lane and read what they enjoy most, rarely diving into another genre, other than within their own fiction category. But even the most ardent of fiction readers can find joy in these nonfiction titles. Each one tells a remarkable story and transports readers into fascinating worlds, written in a captivating way so that we almost forget the story is in fact true.
If you’re a fiction reader looking to try something outside of your comfort zone, then this list of recommended reading is sure to pique your interest!
15 Nonfiction Books For Fiction Lovers
1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks
Dr. Sacks provides remarkable firsthand insight into the little known, often shunned world of neurological disorders. He shares the genius and the suffering of patients who are afflicted with some of the most painful, baffling, and traumatic of disorders with a voice that is as honest as it is compassionate.
2. Bonk, Mary Roach
Mary Roach takes readers into a little-known world where science and sex work together to better understand and to make less taboo. Roach is known for both her facts and her humor in this intriguing read.
3. The Confidence Game, Maria Konnikova
The art of the con is an age-old scheme that still manages to swindle and hoodwink, even in the 21st century. Why do we fall for this con every time and what do con-artists all have in common? Konnikova explores the art of the con in a fascinating study of what and why
4. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
This is Kingsolver’s first foray into nonfiction in a book that chronicles the story of how the author and her family sought to spend one year eating only locally sourced food. Whatever they couldn’t buy they would grow or raise themselves. Their enlightening and humorous year-long experiment is one that is delightful and insightful on family, food, and on the idea of “we are what we eat.”
5. Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, from Cleopatra to Princess Di, Kris Waldherr
Doomed Queens is a fascinating chronicle of female royals and how they faired through various life challenges. From politics to pregnancy and everything in between, to be a queen was hardly an easy task, especially if you sought power and influence. Waldherr’s account of widely and lesser-known women is entertaining and informative.