Book Club: Narrative Nonfiction – Past Titles

1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft & Debs – the election that changed the country by James Chace (Oct., 2012)

About Alice by Calvin Trillin (Dec., 2009)

Ada Blackjack: a true story of survival in the arctic by Jennifer Niven (Aug., 2016)

After Visiting Friends: a son’s story by Michael Hainey (Dec., 2015)

Agent Garbo: the brilliant, eccentric secret Aaent who tricked Hitler and saved D-Day
by Stephen Talty (Oct., 2013)

Alive: the story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read (Sept., 2013)

Alva Myrdal: a daughter’s memoir by Sissela Bok (Mar. , 2012)

American Jezebel: the uncommon life of Ann Hutchinson, the woman who defied the Puritans
by Eve LaPlante (Nov., 2011)

The American Way of Eating: undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, farm fields and the dinner table
by Tracie McMillan (July, 2015)

The Art of Scandal: the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner by Douglass Shand-Tucci (Feb., 2012)

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (Sept., 2011)

Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg (April, 2012)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo (November, 2016)

Black Boy by Richard Wright (May, 2012)

Blindsided: lifting a life above illness: a reluctant memoir by Richard M. Cohen (Sept., 2014)

Blink: the power of thinking without thinking by Malcolm Galdwell (Sept., 2012)

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad, translated by Ingrid Christopher (Mar., 2014)

Bossypants by Tina Fey (March, 2013)

The Botany of Desire: a plant’s -eye view of the world by Michael Pollan (July, 2011)

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau (June, 2014)

Confederates in the Attic:  dispatches from the unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz (July, 2017)

Daring Young Men:  the heroism and triumph of the Berlin airlift, June, 1948 – May, 1949 by Richard Reeves (June, 1, 2017)

Dark Tide: the great Boston molasses flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo (Dec., 2012)

Dispatches From the Edge: a memoir of war, disasters and survival by Anderson Cooper

Doctored: the disillusionment of an American physician by Sandeep Jauhar (Aug., 2015)

Dogtown: death and enchantment in a New England ghost town by Elyssa East (Aug., 2010)

Driving Mr. Albert: a trip across America with Einstein’s brain by Michael Paterniti (July, 2014)

The Eastern Stars: how baseball changed the Dominican town of San Pedro de Macoris
by Mark Kurlansky (April, 2011)

The Elephant Company: the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in WWII by Vicki Croke (May, 2015)

Enrique’s Journey: the true story of a boy determined to reunite with his mother
by Sonia Nazario  (April, 2014)

Evicted:  poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond (Oct., 2017)

Finder’s Keepers: a tale of archaeological plunder and obsession by Craig Childs (Nov., 2013)

Flu: the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search

for the virus that caused it by Gina Kolata  (Nov., 2009)

For All the Tea in China: how England stole the world’s favorite drink and changed history
by Sarah Rose (Feb., 2015)

For the Time Being by Annie Dillard (May, 2010)

Full Body Burden: growing in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen (March, 2015)

The Gardner Heist: the true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft by Ulrich Boser (June, 2011)

The Hare with Amber Eyes: a family’s century of art and loss by Edmund de Waal (Aug., 2013)

Hidden Figures:  the American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly (Sept., 2017)

The Hungry Ocean: a swordboat captain’s journey by Linda Greenlaw (Nov., 2014)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Dec., 2013)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Aug., 2014)

In Cold Blood:  a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Capote (October, 2016)

In Montmarte: Picasso, Matisse, and modernism in Paris, 1900 – 1910 by Sue Roe (May, 2016)

In the Heart of the Sea:  the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick (February, 2017

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (June, 2010)

Into Africa: the epic adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Jan., 2013)

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto (Oct., 2009)

Joan of Arc by Mary Gordon (Oct., 2011)

Just Mercy:  a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Nov., 2017)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (July, 2013)

The Last Train to Zona Verde: my ultimate African safari by Paul Theroux (Oct., 2015)

The Lost City of Z: a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

The Lost German Slave Girl: the extraordinary true story of the slave Sally Miller and her fight for freedom by John Bailey (Apr., 2010)

Love in the Driest Season by Tucker Neely (June, 2012)

The Mapmaker’s Wife: a true tale of love, murder and survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker (March, 2016)

The Map Thief: the gripping story of an esteemed rare map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
by Michael Blanding

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah story by John Berendt (January, 2017)

Mrs. Adams in Winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O’Brien (Sept., 2015)

The Millionaire and the Bard by Andrea Mays (July, 2016)

My Father’s Secret War by Lucinda Franks (March, 2011)

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (Jan., 2010)

Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Sept., 2010)

Nothing to Envy: ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (Feb., 2016)

Obsessive Genius: the inner world of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith (Jan., 2012)

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (May, 2011)

The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: a woman in world history by Linda Colley (Dec., 2011)

Outwitting History: the amazing adventures of a man who rescued a million Yiddish books
by Aaron Lansky  (April, 2013)

Passing Strange: a gilded age tale of love and deception across the color line  by Martha A. Sandweiss

The Pirate Hunters: the search for the Golden Fleece by Robert Kurson (April, 2016)

The Planets by Dava Sobel (July, 2012)

The Professor and the Madman: a tale of murder, insanity and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester (Jan., 2015

The Psychopath Test: a journey through the madness industry by Jon Ronson (January, 2014)

Rise of the Rocket Girls:  the women who propelled us, from missiles, to the moon to Mars by Nathalie Hold (August, 2017)

The Road to Ubar by Nicholas Clapp (June, 2013)

The Routes of Man: how roads are changing the world and the way we live today by Ted Conver (Aug., 2011)

Sacco and Vanzetti: the men, the murder, and the judgement of mankind by Bruce Watson (Dec., 2014)

Seabiscuit:  an American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (December, 2016)

Sea Change: alone across the Atlantic in a wooden boat by Peter Nichols (Feb., 2014)

Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich (Sept., 2016)

Shakespeare Saved My Life: ten years in solitary with the bard a memoir by Laura Bates (April, 2015)

Something Must Be Done about Price Edward County: a family, a Virginia town, a civil rights debate by Kristen Green (June, 2016)

The Soul of an Octopus:  a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness by Sy Montgomer (April, 2017

Spook: science tackles the afterlife by Mary Roach (Nov., 2012)

Strength in What Remains: a journey of remembrance and forgiveness by Tracy Kidder (May, 2014)

Sudden Sea: the great hurricane of 1938 by R. A. Scotti (Feb., 2013)

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl (Feb., 2010)

The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas (July, 2010)

The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference by Malcolm Gladwell (May, 2013)

Trapped Under the Sea: one engineering marvel, five men, and a disaster ten miles into the darkness
by Neil Swidey, (Oct., 2014)

Two Old Women: an Alaskan legend of betrayal, courage and survival by Velma Wallis (Mar., 2010)

Unbowed: a memoir by Wangari Maathai (Mar., 2017)

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison (Nov., 2010)

Voices in the Ocean:  a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins by Susan Casey (May, 2017)

A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (Nov., 2015)

When Paris Went Dark: the City of Light under German occupation, 1940-1944
by Ronald C. Rosbottom (Jan., 2016)

Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire by Norman Maclean (Aug., 2012)