Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction


Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction (Wilmette Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, page count, summary for about 45 books, from Tami Oldham Ashcroft's Red Sky in Mourning to Simon Worrell's The Poet and the Murderer. Compiled July 2006. Also, Part II of the same list, compiled Sept. 2004.

Bruce Dobler's Creative Nonfiction Compendium: Top 40: Author, title, and generous summary of 40 book-length works of creative non-fiction, from James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men to Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life. Updated May 2010.

Non-Fiction that Reads Like Fiction (Wake County Public Libraries, NC): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 20 books, including Expecting Adam by Martha N. Beck, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer, and Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett. Updated Dec. 2005.

True Stories for Fiction Fans (Adult Reading Round Table): Author, title, page count, publication year, and summary for about 35 books, from Caroline Alexander's The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition to Simon Winchester's The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Created 2002, updated 2010.

Non-fiction: Not Just 'Heavy' Reading (Central Rappahannock Public Library, VA): PDF. 'Offered here is a mere sampling of books that are fascinating, mystifying, entertaining, or just plain fun - and all true.' Author, title, and summary for about a dozen books, in title order, from Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-45 by Leo Marks to Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys Into the Times Before Bones by Sue Hubbell.

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction (Santa Monica Public Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link, summary for 12 books, plus author, title, webcat link (no summaries) for 10 others. Updated 2010.

Non-Fiction that Reads Like Fiction (Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA): Catalog search results. Author, title, and summary for about 25 books, such as Arc of justice: A saga of race, rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle, Confessions of a tax collector: One man's tour of duty inside the IRS by Richard Yancey, and Lusitania: An epic tragedy by Diana Preston.

Great Non-Fiction for Fiction Lovers (Weber County Library, Utah): Author, title, and brief summary for more than 25 books, from Frank McCourt's Angela`s Ashes to Zoya`s Story: An Afghan Woman`s Struggle for Freedom by Zoya et al.

Non-fiction That Reads Like Fiction (Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Ontario): Author, title, webcat link, brief summary for about 25 books, in title order from A Round-Heeled Woman : My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance by Jane Juska to Wide as the waters: The story of the English Bible and the revolution it inspired by Benson Bobrick.

Nonfiction books that read like fiction (Westmount Public Library, Quebec): PDF. Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 20 books (categorised as history, biography, literary, or social commentary). All books published 1997-2003. Compiled April 2005.

Get Real 2: Nonfiction for Fiction Lovers (Lori Sennebogen, Downers Grove Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, page count, publication date, and webcat link for more than 15 works of non-fiction that read like fiction, from Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence by Mike Capuzzo to Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent. Compiled Sept. 2004. Previously: Get Real 1, listing 15 books from Jo Ann Beard's The Boys of My Youth to Annie Spiegelman's Annie's Garden Journal: Reflections on Roses, Weeds, Men, and Life, compiled 1999.

Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary or link to summary for about 20 titles, from Ishmael Beah's A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier to Simon Winchester's The professor and the madman : a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary. Compiled June 2007.

Non-fiction That Reads Like Fiction (Hershey Public Library, PA): Author, title, publication year and webcat link (no summaries) for about 50 'non-fiction works [that] are written so well they appeal even to dedicated readers of fiction.'

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction (Overbooked, Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library): Page-turning non-fiction. Author, title, publication info, summary/reviews for 10 starred books, from Oath: The Remarkable Story of a Surgeon's Life Under Fire in Chechnya by Khassan Baiev to Blood Done Sign My Name: A Memoir by Timothy B. Tyson. Updated 2004.

Historical Narrative (Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ): Author, title, summary for 10 titles, including books about Lincoln, FDR, the founding fathers, the Civil war, and the New Jersey Turnpike. Compiled April 2005.

Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction (West Bloomfield Township PL, MI): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 6 titles.

Non-fiction That Reads Like Fiction (Natrona County Public Library, Fiction-L): Author and title only for about 130 book titles, from Diana Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses to Benjamin Woolley's The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter. Compiled June 2010.

NonFiction That Reads Like Fiction (Madison Public Library, WI): Author and title only for over 100 books, from Caroline Alexander's The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty to The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery by Simon Worrall. Updated 2009.

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction (Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author, title, webcat link for about 40 nonfiction books whose titles sound like fiction, from Geoffrey Abbott's The Executioner Always Chops Twice to Bob Tarte's Enslaved by Ducks. (The books don't necessarily read like fiction.) Compiled Sept. 2004, updated 2006.

Non-fiction for Fiction Lovers (Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, NY): Author and title for 17 non-fiction books, in Dewey Decimal order. The list seems to be well-selected, including books by Jeanette Walls, Anne Fadiman, Adam Gopnik, Ruth Reichl, Asne Seierstad, Erik Larson, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Caroline Alexander, Augusten Burroughs, and others.

Fiction Based on Real People and Events (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Fiction rooted in real life. Author, title, webcat link (no summaries) for about 65 novels, from Karl Alexander's Time after Time to Janice Woods Windle's True Women. Updated June 2006.

Freakonomics Readalikes (Candice Michalik, Fiction-L): Compiled Dec. 2006. Author, title, and often a description for about a dozen titles, including Tim Harford's Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor -- and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car!, Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, and John Allen Paulos's A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper.

Narrative Science Non-Fiction (Jennifer Hills, Fiction-L): Compiled May 2007. Author and title for about 100 titles, from Carolyn Abraham's Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain to Carl Zimmer's Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures.