I love nonfiction. I think sometimes nonfiction gets a bad rap for being dry and too much like school, but there’s so much fascinating and readable nonfiction out there, I get really excited when I have a chance to share it. So, here we are, with nonfiction as a monthly theme for the Year of Reading Challenge!

What do you have to do? Well, just read any nonfiction book in November and log it as an Activity Badge to be entered into the monthly drawing for a gift card. Below is a list compiled by staff using the NoveList database, which you can also use here. (I’ve also added a couple of my personal favorites, like the Jon Krakauer.) The book you read to complete the Activity doesn’t have to come from this list, though. These are just some suggestions in case you need help picking a book.

Have you not signed up yet for The Year of Reading Challenge? It’s never too late! Read more about the challenge here. Sign up in Beanstack to get started. And remember to log your monthly theme book as an Activity Badge to be considered for the drawing!


A quick note: We have three book clubs here at the library, and all three of them are reading nonfiction in November! (Yes, to get them read for the discussion, you might have to finish the book in October. That’s OK. Register it for your November Activity anyway.) Reading any one of these books would qualify for your Activity Badge, and it would prepare you if you would like to come to the discussion. Copies are avialble at the checkout desk. The books and book clubs are:

First Monday
Monday, November 1 from 2-3 p.m. at the library
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

Readable History
Tuesday, November 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library and on Zoom. Register here for Zoom.
Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton

Classic Lit
Wednesday, November 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library and on Zoom. Register here for Zoom.
De Profundis by Oscar Wilde


Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match that Made Chess Great Again by Brin-Jonathan Butler

Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang with Gabe Ulla

Grant by Ron Chernow

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable by James Clear

Andaluz: A Food Journey through Southern Spain by Fiona Dunlop

Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series that Changed Baseball by Luke Epplin

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir

Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China by Karoline Kan

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T. Kira Madden

The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars by Jo Marchant

Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters by Andrew Morton

Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America’s Bravest Warriors by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann

Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt

Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives by Lee Strobel

When Harry Met Minnie: A True Story of Love and Friendship by Martha Teichner

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

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