Diverse Nonfiction

Here’s a list of nonfiction that I’ve read in the last few years that I would consider diverse.

Most is memoir/biography so I’d love any other general nonfiction suggestions.

General NonFiction

Brazillionaires by Alex Cuadros

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta By Jen Lin-liu

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Terry Bryant – Yeah, it’s a cookbook but recipes sometimes have BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey by Marie Mutsuki Mockett – part memoir, part exploration of religion in Japan post-tsunami

Rejection Proof: 100 Days of Rejection, or How to Ask Anything of Anyone at Anytime by Jia Jiang

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion–and Others Should Too by Candace R.M. Gorham

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy – Part memoir, part issues

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

Racial issues with white authors discussing privilege

Tomlinson Hill: Sons of Slaves, Sons of Slaveholders by Chris Tomlinson

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby

Memoirs/Biography – some biographers are white

Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee

My Own Country by Abraham Verghese

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-torn Syria in a Wheelchair by Nujeen Mustafa

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Marching Powder by Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege

No Excuses: A Memoir by Derrick Coleman – black and deaf man in the NFL

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand – about an Indian princess raised in England

Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground by Ian Purkayastha

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne

Devotion and Defiance: My Fight for Justice for Women by Humaira Awais Shahid

In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels

Serving in Silence by Margarethe Cammermeyer – An old one but one that was important to my education on LGBT issues

Saving Delaney by Andréa Ott-Dahl, Keston Ott-Dahl – Lesbian couple with a baby with Down’s Syndrome

If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner – Get the audio!

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America by Linda Furiya

Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Lisa and Laura Ling

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Power Forward: My Presidential Education by Reggie Love

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis

Victoria and Abdul:  The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu

Daring to Drive:  A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal al-Sharif

How Dare the Sun Rise:  Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes by Christine Mari Inzer

Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams

Revolution for Dummies by Bassem Youssef

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

POC subjects by white (or unknown) authors

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John – an all refugee soccer team in Georgia

A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in America by Alysson Hobbs

Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 by Lynne Olson