Must-Read Non-Fiction

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

Laura Hillenbrand.

History, Nonfiction

In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

The Englishman's daughter : a true story of love and betrayal in World War I

Ben Macintyre.

Nonfiction, History, Romance

In the first terrifying days of World War I, four British soldiers found themselves trapped behind enemy lines on the western front. They were forced to hide in the tiny French village of Villeret, whose inhabitants made the courageous decision to shelter the fugitives until they could pass as Picard peasants. The Englishman's Daughter is the never-before-told story of these extraordinary men, their protectors, and of the haunting love affair bet...

Three cups of tea : one man's mission to promote peace -- one school at a time

Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.


The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard Anyone who despairs of the individual's power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Ov...

Nine parts of desire : the hidden world of Islamic women / Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks.

Nonfiction, History

With a New Afterword As a prizewinning foreign correspondent forThe Wall Street Journal, Geraldine Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East through wars, insurrections, and the volcanic upheaval of resurgent fundamentalism. Yet for her, headline events were only the backdrop to a less obvious but more enduring drama: the daily life of Muslim women.Nine Parts of Desireis the story of Brooks' intrepid journey toward an understanding of the w...

A good dog : the story of Orson, who changed my life

Jon Katz.


“People who love dogs often talk about a ‘lifetime’ dog. I’d heard the phrase a dozen times before I came to recognize its significance. Lifetime dogs are dogs we love in especially powerful, sometimes inexplicable ways.”–Jon Katz In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie–intense, smart, crazy, and unforgett...

Izzy & Lenore : two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me

Jon Katz.


"New York Times"-bestselling author Katz recounts an extraordinary year in which a dog in urgent need of a home leads him into hospice work and reveals how a new puppy helps him rediscover the joy of living, in this story of one man's journey from darkness to light.

Through a dog's eyes

Jennifer Arnold.


Stories drawn from dog-trainer Arnold's life and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers are convincing, unforgettable, and compelling testimony and make this book a heartwarming, captivating read that will forever change the way one sees his or her dog by showing the way dogs see the world.

Miracles on the water : the survivors of the attack on the S.S. City of Benares

Tom Nagorski.

History, Nonfiction

On September 17, 1940, the British liner SS City of Benares was sailing in the North Atlantic with more than four hundred people on board; they were considered lucky-leaving World War II behind and heading for peace, quiet, and security. At a little after ten o'clock that night, a German submarine torpedoed the Benares. Mind-bending examples of courage and endurance took shape in the hours and days that followed the attack, the children in partic...

Hitler's holy relics : a true story of Nazi plunder and the race to recover the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire

Sidney D. Kirkpatrick.

History, Nonfiction

From Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis systematically plundered all manner of art and antiquities. But the first and most valuable treasures they looted were the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. InHitler’s Holy Relics,bestselling author Sidney Kirkpatrick tells the riveting and never-before-told true story of how an American college professor turned Army sleuth recovered these cherished symbols of Hitler’s Thousand-Year Reich befor...

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot.


Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they would weigh...

Harry Truman's excellent adventure

Matthew Algeo.

From Missouri to New York and back again, this recounting of an amazing journey chronicles the road trip of a former president and his wife and their amusing, failed attempts to keep a low profile. Diners, bellhops, and cabbies shouted out "Hiya, Harry!" whenever they recognized the former president, and, out for his daily constitutional on the streets of New York, Harry even stumbled into the sidewalk shot of the newly launched "Today" show. Alo...