I’m not a big lover of non-fiction. When I think of non-fiction, I tend to think of true crime, celebrity bios, and war stories. It’s silly. Non-fiction is much more than that, I know, but that’s where my mind goes. I do read some non-fiction though. The non-fiction I enjoy is something that’s a bit offbeat, different, or funny. Here’s a list of some of my favorites.
The Black Count by Tom Reiss. This is the biography of Alexandre Dumas’s (The Count of Monte Cristo) father, an eighteenth century man with a black mother and white father. His life could have been the plot of one of his son’s books, and in fact, he was the inspiration for Edmond Dantes.
Bossypants by Tina Fey. Tina Fey. I laughed until I cried. I listened to this one on audiobook. I was glad I was alone at the time. I recommend the audio. It’s the full Fey experience.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling. I’ve really come to like Mindy on her new show, The Mindy Project. Mindy was most definitely a girl like myself as a kid. Studious and concerned about getting in trouble.
Record Collecting For Girls by Courtney E Smith. Loved this book about being a female music lover and how to become a collector of great music. Lots of interesting stories in this one.
One more. The Canadian Housewife: An Affectionate History by Rosemary Neering. It’s not easy being a woman today and it was even harder in the days before electricity. This book looks at the different eras of the Canadian housewife.
I hope you’ve found something that appeals to you on my list!