Truth is stranger than fiction, as the old saying goes. And, as the following books prove, truth can also be more entertaining, heartfelt and tragic than some of the most dramatic fiction worlds ever created. Sourced from the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers List and Bustle.com, these nonfiction reads offer unique perspectives, insights and stories that will be unforgettable to readers.
“Portraits of Courage” by George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush presents a compilation of stories and 66 color oil paintings that celebrate members of the United States military.
“The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu
Even in great suffering, these authors have been able to harness joy. The Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu, renowned spiritual leaders, share their understanding on how to discover happiness even in the wake of tremendous sadness and suffering.
“Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman
The world is being greatly impacted by climate change, globalization and the lightning speed of technology changes and innovations. Author Thomas L. Friedman examines how these influences are forever changing the Earth.
“Letters to a Young Muslim” by Omar Saif Ghobash
Written to his son, author Omar Saif Ghobash shares his thoughts, knowledge and perceptions on terror, extremism and the hardships Muslims all over the globe have to bear.
“The Legacy of Barack Obama: A Consequential President” by Michael D’Antonio
Pulitzer-prize winning writer Michael D’Antonio examines the two terms of former President Barack Obama.
“My Live, My Love, My Legacy” by Coretta Scott King, as told to the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
Coretta Scott King shares with readers her upbringing in the Deep South, her life with her husband, the civil rights movement and her life-long dedication to advocacy.
“Dodge City” by Tom Clavin
Author Tom Clavin takes readers back in time to the wild, wild West with the infamous Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson as featured characters.
“Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery” by Steph Jagger
This memoir tells the tale of author Steph Jagger’s adventure across five continents and nine countries to fulfill her quest of skiing four million vertical feet in a year.
“Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly
The basis for the Oscar-nominated movie of the same name, this book tells the inspiring story of the brilliant African-American female mathematicians whose accomplishments at NASA changed the world forever.
“A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival” by Melissa Fleming
This book tells the harrowing survival story of Doaa Al Zamel, a Syrian woman who, with her family, fled a war-ravaged home.
“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
Author Yuval Noah Harari takes an investigative and scientific approach to discovering how and why Homo Sapiens have emerged to be the dominant species on planet Earth.
“Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory” by Lydia Reeder
Hope is the theme of this story. It celebrates the journey of one college team and coach looking to accomplish amazing things during the Great Depression.
Although this list of 12 nonfiction reads vary in subject, time period and theme, each book gives readers a page-turning story that rings with truth.