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What is narrative nonfiction?
Narrative nonfiction is nonfiction that reads like a novel. It's also called creative nonfiction. Narrative nonfiction is popular because it is informational, well-written, and reads like a story.
Literature and Language
- The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
- The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
- Plain and Simple by Sue Bender
- The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
- Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine by Eric Weiner
- Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
- Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
- As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld.
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
- Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh
- Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese
- Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
- Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Saved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
- Intern: A Doctor's Initiation by Sandeep Jauhar
- The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
- An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks
- Huck by Janet Elder
- After being diagnosed with cancer, author Janet Elder finally relents to her son's pleas to get a dog, and they bring home a mischievous toy poodle, Huck. When Huck runs away while they are on vacation, the family is frantic, and the search to find him becomes community-wide, bringing together strangers and family like never before.
- We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee
- The true story about a family who buys a zoo and the 200 animals with it, which ultimately changes their lives. Made into a motion picture.
- The Good, Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery
- Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
- Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story Between an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien
- No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
- Cod: a Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
- Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
- Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love, and Death in the Kitchen by Jason Sheehan
Sports and Entertainment
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
- It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.
- Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
- Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by John Krakauer
- Heroism and sacrifice triumph over foolishness, fatal error, and human frailty in this bone-chilling narrative in which the author recounts his experiences on an ill-fated, deadly climb on Mount Everest.
Travel & Exploration
- Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
- In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.”
- Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
- When the American cargo ship Commerce ran aground on the northwestern shores of Africa in 1815, along with its crew of 12 Connecticut-based soldiers, the misfortunes that befell them came fast and hard, from enslavement to reality-bending bouts of dehydration.
- Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
- In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
- In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.
- The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Diane Ackerman
- Roar of the Heavens by Stefan Bechtel
- Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal
- The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick
- Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
- The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Memoirs and Biography
See also Outstanding Memoirs
- The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
- The Prisoner's Wife: a Memoir by Asha Bandele
- Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
- My Life in France by Julia Child
- Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert
- From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes the follow-up story, where Gilbert chronicles how she comes to terms with the idea of marriage, which she and Felipe (the man she fell in love with in Bali) now contemplate as it is the only way they can live together in America.
- Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
- Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
- Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
- Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Aspergers by John Elder Robison
- Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel