Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction

Non-Fiction that Reads Like Fiction (Wake County Public Libraries, NC): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 15 books, including Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter by Ben Goldfarb, The five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold, and Stony the road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Updated May 2020.

Great Non-Fiction for Fiction Lovers (Weber County Library, Utah): Author, title, and brief summary for 20 books, from Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover to They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Non-Fiction Books That Read Like Fiction (Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ): Author, title, webcat info, book cover, summary for about 15 titles, including Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis, Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia by Jennifer McGaha, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

Narrative Non-Fiction Staff Picks (Madison Public Library, WI): Author,  title, book cover, summary , and webcat link for about 20 books, including The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, and All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister.

20 of the Best Narrative Nonfiction Books (Kamrun Nesa, BookBub): Title, author, book cover, summary, and link to buying options for books including Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, Negroland by Margo Jefferson, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. List created May 2019.

16 Nonfiction Books for Book Lovers (Sophia LeFevre, BookRiot): Title, author, summary, and Amazon links. Books include I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, Bleaker House by Nell Stevens, Brotopia by Emily Chang, and One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul. List created Feb 2019.

Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction (Kira Walton, Read it Forward): Title, author, summary and buying options for about 15 books, including Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, and A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. List created 2015.

How To Read Nonfiction Without Getting Bored (William P. Faust Public Library of Westland, MI): PDF.  20 books, with author, title, and summary for each, including Shake the devil off: a true story of the  murder that rocked New Orleans by Ethan Brown and Not in Kansas anymore: a curious tale of  how magic is transforming America by Christine Wicker. Feb 2010.

The Best Narrative Nonfiction Books for Non-Nonfiction Readers (Kerry Fiallo, Off the Shelf - Simon & Schuster). Title, author, summary, book cover, and link to buying options for 9 books, including The Gay Revolution by Lillian Faderman, On Trails by Robert Moor, and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. List created April 2019. 

Historical Narrative Nonfiction (Cecil County PL, Elkton, MD): Author, title, book cover, summary, webcat link for 9 books, including The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro and Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Sept. 2018.

You'll Forget It's True! (Cecil County PL, Elkton, MD): Author, title book cover, summary, webcat link for nine books, including Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo and Don't let's go to the dogs tonight: an African childhood by Alexandra Fuller. April 2012.

And Fiction That Reads Like Non-Fiction

Fiction for Non-Fiction Readers (St. Charles Public Library, St. Charles IL) : Sort of the other way 'round, these are fiction titles for people who like non-fiction. Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 75 books listed alphabetically by author, from The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Updated Aug. 2018. 

The Top 10 Fiction Books for Non-Fiction Addicts (The Tim Ferriss Show) Another list of fiction books for non-fiction readers. Title, summary, and Amazon link. Includes Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. List created Feb. 2012

9 Fiction Books To Try If You Love Nonfiction (Sadie Trombetta, Bustle) And another list of fiction for non-fiction lovers, with author, title, book cover, summary, and Amazon link for books such as Quiet Dell: A Novel by Jayne Anne Phillips, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, and An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris. List created Jan. 2016.