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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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Life Lessons from a Warhol Superstar

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Read what anthropologist and author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has to say right meow!

A Different Kind of Love Story

Forced into hiding in swamps and forests, Jack and Rochelle stood by each other as they fought the Nazis until the Soviet liberation of Poland in 1944.

Who’s Really Responsible for the Attacks on Pearl Harbor?

Historian and author Bruce Lee breaks it down.

Gloria Steinem on Exterminate All The Brutes

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James Beard’s Stuffed Bread on the Grill

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James Gleick’s 5 Favorite Books

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The Mermaid and the Minotaur: “The Uncle Tom’s Cabin of Men Raising Children”

Gloria Steinem reflects on Dorothy Dinnerstein's feminist classic and gender equality in early societies.

Still on the Edge: Gloria Steinem Explores the Marge Piercy Classic

Gloria Steinem discusses the continued importance of Marge Piercy's sci-fi classic, Woman on the Edge of Time.