Readers Recommend Their Favorite Nonfiction

From a fascinating memoir, to a thrilling history, to a scientific look at ourselves, we love curling up with a great nonfiction book. Always looking to add more books to our Want to Read shelf, we recently asked fellow readers on our Facebook and Twitter pages to tell us about their favorite nonfiction book they like to recommend, and why. More than 1,300 of you weighed in with great reads. Here are some of the most popular responses.

Let us know some of your favorite nonfiction titles in the comments!

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

“It was just so interesting. I never knew people lived like that or would want to. She was so honest, really made me feel the story,” wrote Helen Crawford Klatt.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

“It reads like an improbable action thriller, but the hero is a real and remarkable example of the resilience of the human spirit,” wrote Steve Doyal.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

“Because the blatant injustice of her receiving no compensation for the harvesting of her cancer cells and the subsequent billions of dollars that flowed from those cells highlighted the greed of the research institutions and the pharmaceutical companies,” wrote Christine Vojt.

The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

“The fact that she saw so much ugliness and managed to still believe that people, as a whole, are still good is truly inspiring,” wrote Barb Cavallaro.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

“This is a powerful book to help people understand introversion as a positive trait rather than something to be ‘fixed’ and why we need both extroverts and introverts for the world to function,” wrote Julie Jordan Merkel.

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

“A bitter sweet tale of life from the perspective of a young boy navigating the complex world of post-Apartheid South Africa. It delivers on so many levels and is refreshing to see how another culture and people view the world,” wrote IronFlower Zee.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

“It’s about the sinking of the Lusitania. It works back and forth between the ship and the U-boat that sank it. I swear it felt suspenseful even though I knew exactly how it would end,” wrote Kristin Powell Strong.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

“If you have any interest at all in American history or WWII, you’ll love it. It takes the topic of the American homefront during the war and makes it tangible to modern Americans. Every single person I’ve ever recommended it to has loved it,” wrote Dani Massaro.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle

“I’ve bought this for so many people going through a personal crisis. It grounds me when I’m stressed by circumstances. I keep it close,” wrote Jan Bruce .

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson

“Brilliantly researched, well written, touching, provocative, stays with you long after you’ve read the last chapter. I think it should be required reading for juniors or seniors in high school,” wrote Anjie Taylor.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

“It is the reason I became a nurse. So interesting!!!! It is all about what happens to the body after death,” wrote Christy Petersen Holloway.

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posted by Cybil
on May, 17