Nonfiction by Category

Note: Many of these titles fit into more than one category, so I tried to put them where they fit best. Within each category, books are alphabetized by title.

Food and Weight Loss
Caffeine by Michael Pollan (audio)
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes (audio)
Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson (audio)
Cooked by Michael Pollan (audio)
The Eating Instinct by Virginia Sole-Smith
The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner (audio)
Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
Gut Reactions by Simon Quellen Field (audio)
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (audio)
It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell (audio)
The Metabolic Effect Diet by Jade and Keoni Teta
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink (audio)
Off Menu by Nell McShane Wulhart (audio)
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (audio)
Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmsted (audio)
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
The Spark by Chris Downie
The Weight of the Nation by John Hoffman and Judith Salerno
Wheat Belly by William Davis
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Wine Isn’t Rocket Science by Ophelie Neiman
Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub

Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (audio)
Down to Earth by Monty Don (audio)
Fitness for Every Body by Meg Boggs
Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy (audio)
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson (audio)
The Gluten-Free Bible by Jax Peters Lowell
Gothic Charm School by Jillian Venters
How to Take Awesome Photos of Cats by Andrew Marttila
It Could Be Worse by Beth Probst
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Lifetime Running Plan by Bill Rodgers
On Writing by Stephen King
Queer Questions Straight Talk by Abby Dees
The Raven’s Prophecy Tarot by Maggie Stiefvater
Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang (audio)
Run to the Finish by Amanda Brooks (audio)
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
The Summing Up by William Somerset Maugham
Tiny But Mighty by Hannah Shaw
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Social Studies/Sciences
All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior (audio)
American Predator by Maureen Callahan (audio)
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (audio)
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski (audio)
Community Cats by Anne Beall
Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary (audio)
Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, and Peter McDonnell (audio)
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry
Good for a Girl by Lauren Fleshman (audio)
Greenland (Enchantment series) by Jean Blashfield
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale (audio)
Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton (audio)
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
[refuge] by Multiple Authors
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout (audio)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (audio)
The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg (audio)
Unrequited by Lisa Phillips
What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat, by Aubrey Gordon
Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (audio)
Yemen (Enchantment Series) by Liz Sonneborn
Zoo Story by Thomas French (audio)

Great Courses (lectures)
Being Human – Robert Sapolsky
Stress and Your Body – Robert Sapolsky

Literary Analysis
Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld
The Girl Who Was On Fire by Multiple Authors
Mind-Rain by Multiple Authors

Photography and Cinematography
African Sojourn by Uwe Ommer
American Portrait by Multiple Authors
Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio
Harry Potter: Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley
Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
In Search of Elsewhere by Steve McCurry
Native by Mona Kuhn
Pantsuit Nation by Libby Chamberlain
Sirens & Sinners by Hans Helmut Prinzler
Spirit of the Elephant by Gill Davies
Strong is the New Pretty by Kate Parker

Lyric Poetry
Apologies to an Apple by Maya Ganesan
Conditions by Greg Schroeder
If Not, Winter by Sappho
19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye
Selected Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva
Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (audio)
Mondays in the Middle East by David Cross
Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi
Chopin and George Sand in Majorca by Bartolome Ferra
The Girl on the Velvet Swing by Simon Baatz (audio)
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery (audio)
The Lost City of Z by David Grann (audio)
Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport (audio)
Sky Burial by Xinran
Virginia Woolf: a Biography by Quentin Bell

Memoir, Diary, and Autobiography
An Age of License by Lucy Knisley
Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
Blankets by Craig Thompson
The Book of Margery Kempe by Margery Kempe
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson
Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Dewey by Vicki Myron
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (audio)
Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare Dunkle
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Facing the Lion by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons (audio)
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
The Imposter’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell
In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge (audio)
Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley
The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey
Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas
Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck (audio)
Maus (vol 1) by Art Spiegelman
Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Oddly Normal by John Schwartz (audio)
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (audio)
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli
Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen
Something New by Lucy Knisley
Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse (audio)
Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi (audio)
We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin
West With the Night by Beryl Markham (audio)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (audio)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky by Jennifer Steil

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