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Nonfiction that Reads like Fiction
Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction
The truth can be as fascinating as fiction, with compelling story lines, quirky characters, and interesting settings.
The Warmth of Other Suns by
Call Number: 304. 80973 Wil
Publication Date: 2010
This epic, beautifully written masterwork chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.
Also Available as an Audio Book.
In Cold Blood by
Call Number: 364. 1523 Cap
Publication Date: 1994
Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and writing the story of Kansas farmer Herb Clutter, his family and the two young killers who brutally murdered them.
Into Thin Air by
Call Number: 796.522 KRA
Publication Date: 1997
When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...
A Walk in the Woods by
Call Number: 917.404 BRY
Publication Date: 1998
Traces the author's adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.
Also Available in Large Print.
The Zookeeper's Wife by
Call Number: 940.53 Ack
Publication Date: 2007
The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Żabiński began smuggling Jews into empty cages.
Call Number: 940.54 Hil
Publication Date: 2010
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance. . .
Also Available in Large Print and as an Audio Book.
Lost in Shangri-La by
Call Number: 940. 548 Zuc
Publication Date: 2011
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.
Dead Wake by
Call Number: 940. 4514 Lar
Publication Date: 2015
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had...
Also Available as a Downloadable eBook.
Valiant Ambition by
Call Number: 973.3 Phi
Publication Date: 2016
From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by
Call Number: 973.785 Abb
Publication Date: 2014
The never-before-told story of four real-life women who risked everything to take on a life of espionage during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by
Call Number: 975.8724 Ber
Publication Date: 1994
Voodoo. Decadent socialites packing Lugars. Cotillions. With towns like Savannah, Georgia, who needs Fellini? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil takes two narrative strands--each worthy of its own book--and weaves them together to make a single fascinating tale.
The Worst Hard Time by
Call Number: 978. 032 Ega
Publication Date: 2005
Presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.
Orange Is the New Black by
Call Number: B Kerman
Publication Date: 2013
Follows the author's incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.
The Glass Castle by
Call Number: B Walls
Publication Date: 2006
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.