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Best Nonfiction Book Recommendations

If you think nonfiction books are boring, think again. They’re not all books about wars or ancient history (though there are plenty of fascinating books on both of those topics, too). You can explore the world by living vicariously through the most talented travel writers. Or read about real-life spies who put James Bond to shame. You can even dive deep into the world of Old Hollywood gossip queens, or channel your inner animal lover and become an expert on birds. The options are literally endless—pick a topic that you’ve always wanted to know more about, and someone has surely written a book about it.

From deep dives on pivotal moments to sweeping world history to American history to the history of the last madam in New Orleans; from biographies of the world's most fascinating figures to poignant memoirs; from self-help to DIY to cookbooks and more, the vast world of nonfiction writing truly has something for everyone. So go ahead—save that novel for another day, and give a nonfiction book a chance.

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The Edward Snowden Book That Answers All Your Questions

Expert Richard Rashke discusses NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in his book The Whistleblower’s Dilemma

10 Books on Terrorism From Our 16 Years at War

Great nonfiction from the soldiers, journalists, and historians of the war on terror.

What was it like it to be John Lennon’s neighbor?

"Life at the Dakota" offers an of-the-period account of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s time in the Dakota Building.

9 Books to Read While You Wait for the Next Season of Game of Thrones

These epic fantasy reads will help ease your Westeros withdrawal.

Bottoms Up! 10 Literary Inspired Cocktails

Toast your favorite stories with these clever cocktails.

Rachel Carson Wants You to Share Your Sense of Wonder

The legendary environmentalist emphasizes the importance of sharing nature with children. 

13 of the Best Dragons in Fantasy Fiction

Be your own Khalessi and tame these dragons.

Laurie Colwin: Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

Laurie Colwin on one of life's greatest pleasures: dinner alone.

5 Children’s Books That Celebrate Jewish Heritage

Author Heidi Smith Hyde shares the inspiration behind her books.

Meet Vincent Price’s Best Friend: Joe the Dog

Get to know Vincent Price's softer side in his memoir of his beloved dog, The Book of Joe.

8 Amazing Characters to Fill the Stark-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

Because the producers have basically killed off half of Westeros by now.

10 Brainy Beach Reads

Just because you're checked out of the office doesn't mean you're checked out of great reading.

9 Extraordinary Biographies About Strong Women

Dig into the histories of women who shaped the world.

Girl Squad: Fierce Females Throughout History

If girl squads were a thing in the past, these gals would put Taylor and her supermodels to shame.

Gloria Steinem on Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

A celebration of Octavia Butler's groundbreaking science-fiction novel.