If I’m being totally honest, I typically avoid nonfiction. Mostly because, well, I read to escape reality… not learn more about it. Fortunately, some of my favorite bookworms have opened my eyes to some pretty fantastic stories that actually prove that life is stranger than fiction.
1.) Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
I actually listed to this audiobook and absolutely LOVED it. It’s such a powerful true story to provoke your mind and open your heart. Rumor has it that an adaptation is coming, starring Michael B. Jordan. Honestly, that’s all you need to know *insert heart eyes emoji*
2.) Educated by Tara Westover
I went into this book knowing only one thing: I’ve seen this thing all over social media with rave reviews, so I may as well read it. The story was utterly fascinating, and Westover is truly such an amazing, eloquent writer.
3.) Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything Between) by Lauren Graham
I ADORED Gilmore Girls. Especially Lorelai. I honestly want to be best friends with her. That’s why I loved this audiobook. Lauren Graham narrates it, and her personality and exuberance truly comes through.
4.) The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
This is one of the most fascinating true crime novels I’ve ever read — largely because it’s the kind of story that if it were fictionalized, I would say “There’s no way that could happen, this is just absurd.” If you’re looking for a non-violent true crime, give this one a shot!
5.) When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
In short, I’ve lived my life with extreme privilege. I’ve never experienced stress and heartbreak solely because of the color of my skin or my gender/sexual orientation, so it was heart breaking and humbling to read abouut the experiences of the founders of BLM. “We are a generation called to action.” My personal background has shown me how great of an impact one person can make when it comes to changing the minds and perceptions of the ones you love. If you’re on the fence on picking this one up… do it. The world needs more love and less hate.
6.) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Carreyrou was the first journalist to blow the cover off of the Theranos craziness, and he did such an great job at breaking down the rise (and fall) of Theranos and it’s CEO Elizabeth Holmes. This was fascinating for even the reader that knew nothing about the situation (cough, cough, me…) and it made a fantastic project for a school project as a result!)