Books I Have Read (By Genre- Nonfiction)

This is a list of all of the books I have ever read (excluding Kidlit), listed by genre. Under the genre heading they are in alphabetical order.    Obviously, there are going to be some overlaps so books can be listed more than one category.   To see the books by rating, click here.
Last update: June 14, 2015

BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIRS

~Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-Two Days, and Insurmountable Odds of Survival in the Andes by Piers Paul Read
~Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
~Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
~Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
~The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
~Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster
~Cafe Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli
~Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan by Ali Eteraz
~Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
~Coffee with Shakespeare by Stanley W. Wells
~The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
~The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh
~Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
~Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
~Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell
~Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto
~Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
~Find Me by Rosie O'Donnell
~The Funny Thing Is...by Ellen DeGeneres
~The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
~The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler
~The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
~How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life by Melissa Hellstern
~How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
~I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
~In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White
~Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
~Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
~The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
~The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
~Leading the Way: Asian American Artists of the Older Generation by Irene Poon
~Life is Like a Line: A Memoir of Moods, Medication, and Mania by Cynthia Sabotka
~Live Fast-Die Young: My Life with James Dean by John Gilmore
~The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired by Francine Prose
~A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
~A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal
~A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections by James Edward Austen-Leigh
~My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
~My Point...and I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres
~Naked by David Sedaris
~Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth
~Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
~Night by Elie Wiesel
~No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns
~Notes from My Travels by Angelia Jolie
~The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
~Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne by Ben Hills
~Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
~Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope by Aruni Nan Futuronsky
~Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
~Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill
~The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Alvord
~Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away by June Cross
~Shattered Reality by Kimberly Cheryl
~A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
~Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
~So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson
~Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall
~Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
~The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
~Sweet Tooth: A Memoir by Tim Anderson 
~To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan
~The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
~Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
~What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
~When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago
~A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi


BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

~1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron
~1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall
~Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
~Book Lust to Go by Nancy Pearl
~Good Books Lately: The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers by Ellen Moore
~How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
~The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
~Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury by Rebecca Dickson
~So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson


COOKING/RECIPES
~Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld
~The Low GI Diet Revolution by Jennie Brand-Miller
~Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley



HEALTH
~10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain by Blake H. Tearnan
~10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch
~A.D.D. and Romance by Jonathan Halverstadt
~The ADHD Book of Lists by Sandra F. Reif
~Bellydance by Dolphina
~Celebrate Life: New Attitudes for Living with Chronic Illness by Kathleen Lewis
~Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
~The Emotionally Abused Woman: Overcoming Destructive Patterns and Reclaiming Yourself by Beverly Engel
~Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual by Mary Ellen Copeland
~Fibromyalgia for Dummies by Roland Staud
~The Fibromyalgia Relief Book: 213 Ideas for Improving Your Quality of Life by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
~Fibromyalgia: Simple Relief Through Movement by Stacie L. Bigalow
~The First Year: Fibromyalgia by Mari Florence
~From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum
~The Good Living with Fibromyalgia Workbook by Bethany Afshar
~The Illustrated Guide to Massage and Aromatherapy by Catherine Stuart
~The Low GI Diet Revolution by Jennie Brand-Miller
~Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine
~The Pain Survival Guide by Dennis C. Turk
~Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat by Hank Cardello
~The Sugar Solution by Sari Harrar
~Survival Tips for Women with ADHD: Beyond Piles, Palms, and Post-Its by Terry Matlen
~What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked?  Your Guide to Optimal Health by Warren Willey
~Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith
~When Muscle Pain Won't Go Away by Gayle Backstrom
~Yogalates by Louise Solomon
~Your Personal Guide to Living Well with Fibromyalgia by The Arthritis Foundation



HISTORY
~10 Things You Might Not Know About Nearly Everything by Mark Jacob
~Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine by Trent Stephens
~Daughters of Absence: Transforming a Legacy of Loss by Mindy Weisel
~Egyptian Ideas of the Future by E.A. Wallis Budge
~Fashions in the Era of Jane Austen by Jody Gayle
~The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler
~Henry VIII's Wives by Julie Wheeler
~Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction by Kim Knott
~The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
~The Library of Alexandria by Charles River Editors
~Live Fast-Die Young: My Life with James Dean by John Gilmore
~Night by Elie Wiesel
~Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
~Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembicki


HUMOR
~America Again by Stephen Colbert
~Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
~Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster
~But Enough About You: Essays by Christopher Buckley
~The Cat Manual by Michael Ray Taylor
~Drinking with Dead Drunks by Elaine Ambrose
~Drinking with Dead Women Writers by Elaine Ambrose
~The Funny Thing Is...by Ellen DeGeneres
~If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck
~I'll Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Berry
~Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
~The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest 
~Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
~My Point...and I Do Have One by Ellen De Generes
~Naked by David Sedaris


PHILOSOPHY
~Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism and Community in America by Richard Cimino
~Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzche
~Ideas That Change the World by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
~Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong



POETRY
~The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda
~Call Me Sonya Grey by Sonya Tupone Lloyd
~The Ecopoetry Anthology by Ann Fisher-Wirth
~Imagist Poetry: An Anthology by Bob Blaisdell
~A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
~Monsters in My Closet by Ruby Urlocker
~A Night Without Armor by Jewel
~Notes on Love and Courage by Hugh Prather
~Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
~Poems by Maya Angelou
~The Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
~The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
~Selected Poems 1855-1892 by Walt Whitman
~Tears for Water by Alicia Keys
~Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


POLITICS

~Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War by Colum McCann
~Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem 
~The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli


PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

~About Behaviorism by B.F. Skinner
~Change Your Thinking by Sarah Edelman
~Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of BPD by Marsha Linehan
~The Development of Personality by Carl Jung
~Dreams by Carl Jung
~The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud
~The Emotionally Abused Woman by Beverly Engel
~The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
~The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
~How to Be Totally Miserable by John Blytheway
~I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape by Robin Warshaw
~The Impulse Factor: Why Some of Us Play It Safe and Others Risk It All by Nick Tasler
~The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
~The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney
~The Language and Thought of the Child by Jean Piaget
~Life is Like a Line by Cynthia Sabotka
~Mind in Society: Development of Higher Psychological Processes by Lev Vygotsky
~The Moral Judgment of the Child by Jean Piaget
~Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice by Howard Gardner
~Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham
~On the Nature of the Psyche by Carl Jung
~Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused as Children by Eliana Gil
~The Passion Dream Book by Whitney Otto
~The Psychology of the Child by Jean Piaget
~Recovering My Voice: A Memoir of Chaos, Spirituality, and Hope by Aruni Nan Futuronsky
~Science and Human Behavior by B.F. Skinner
~Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America by Rich Benjamin
~Serious Doubts by Carl Weisman
~Shattered Reality by Kimberly Cheryl
~A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
~Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Wednesday Martin
~Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat by Hank Cardello
~Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
~Surviving Grief...and Learning to Live Again by Catherine M. Sanders
~Talk To Me Like I'm Someone You Love by Nancy Dreyfus
~Theories of Childhood: An Intro to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky
~The Truth Will Set You Free by Alice Miller
~Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau
~What Type Am I?: The Myers-Brigg Type Indication Made Easy by Renee Baron
~You Can't Say You Can't Play by Vivian Gussin Paley
~Young Children with Special Needs by Richard Gargiulo



SPIRITUALITY/RELIGION
~100 Names of Mary: Stories and Prayers by Anthony F. Chiffolo
~365 Zen: Daily Readings by Jean Smith
~The Apocryphal Gospels by Paul Foster
~Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews by Lynn Davidman
~The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous
~A Calendar of Saints by James Bentley
~The Catholic Prayer Book by Michael Buckley
~Catholicism for Dummies by John Trigilio, Jr.
~Coffee with the Buddha by Joan Duncan Oliver
~Deeper Than Tears by Jack Countryman
~Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume
~The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
~An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
~Fear and Trembling/Repetition by Soren Kierkegaard
~Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life by Christopher Jamison
~Fire of Love: Praying with Therese of Lisieux by James McCaffrey
~Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction by Kim Knott
~Holy Bible: New International Version
~I Ching: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Decision Making by Chrisopher Markert
~I'm Fine with God...It's Christians I Can't Stand by Bruce Bickel
~In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories, and Prayers by Mother Teresa
~Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
~Night by Elie Wiesel
~The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Alvord
~Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World by Tom Davis
~Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
~Simple Taoism: A Guide to Living in Balance by C. Alexander Simpkins
~Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
~Symbols of Catholicism by Robert Le Gall
~Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
~Tricksters: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembricki
~The Upanishads by Anonymous
~Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith
~Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful: Embrace Your Inner Quirks and Strengths by Laurie Wallin
~World Religions and Cults 101 by Bruce Bickel





WRITING

~Break Into the World of Freelance Writing by Megan Kutchman
~Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress
~The Elements of Style by William Strunk
~Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry by Kenneth Koch
~The Moonlighter's Guide to Online Writing by Connie Brentford
~Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do by Meredith Maran
~Woman's Book of Creativity by C. Diane Ealy
~The Writer's Book of Wisdom by Steven Taylor Goldsberry
~A Writer's Guide to Characterization by Victoria Lynn Schmidt



OTHER

~Music Lust by Nic Harcourt

1 comment:

  1. great list of nonfiction books. I've read a few of the memoirs you've read. I like your health section. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which is similar to Fibromyalgia in that it is an autoimmune disorder. I will have to check out some of the resources you've suggested to cope with fibro, i bet they'll be useful to me as well.

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