Nonfiction on Armchair BEA

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I like nonfiction and I think I read a lot of it.  I read about 15% nonfiction.   I read to entertain my brain so I like my nonfiction to read like a good story.

I like all different kinds of nonfiction.  I like memoirs and books where the writer tells the story by writing about how he learned about the topic.

Bill Bryson is a favorite for this type of story and In a Sunburned Country is my favorite of his books.

In a Sunburned CountryIn a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

This is a travel guide to Australia where you basically learn that everything is going to kill you. I love this one on audio to hear him tell his travel misadventure stories.

 

 

 

Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived DogsPukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote

I recently read this one and am still working on incorporating a few of the ideas presented into my working life.

 

 

 

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred FeminineThe Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd

This is an older book now but still one of my absolute favorites on female spirituality. What happens when a writer known for her conservative Christian writings who also is a pastor’s wife finds herself moving away from her faith?

 

 

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

I loved this on audio and passed it along to my husband and he was engrossed too.

 

 

I like learning about history.

 

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His EmpireThe Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

I’ve always been fascinated with Mongolia and women’s history so finding a book that combined them was great.

 

 

 

The Emperor of All MaladiesThe Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

This is the biography of cancer. It gives the history of the ability to diagnose and treat different cancers. It reads like a detective story. There is a lot of science here which I liked but you can skip the details of cell biology if you aren’t inclined that way and still get the overall story.

 

 

Straight biographies are great too.

 

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern MonarchElizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

 

 

 

 

Kate Remembered

Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg

 

 

 

 

I’m limiting the list because as I started to look back at the nonfiction I’ve read I got excited about loads of books all over again.

Do you read nonfiction? What are your favorite types?