Previously I recommended twelve books to give those readers in your life that love to escape into imaginary worlds both fantastic and realistic. This post leaves the fiction behind and provides twelve more titles for those wanting to learn a little something.
For your nonfiction reader who:
Loves an inspirational memoir about overcoming trials-
EDUCATED: A MEMOIR
By Tara Westover
Tara was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists who isolated themselves from mainstream society, Tara had to fight for an education that ended up costing her more than she could have imagined.
Likes feeling nostalgic about a good neighbor in a sweater-
GOOD NEIGHBOR: THE LIFE AND WORK OF FRED ROGERS
By Maxell King
Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children’s program host’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.
Loves celebrity memoirs with the inside scoop-
MY GIRLS: A LIFETIME WITH CARRIE AND DEBBIE
By Todd Fisher
Todd Fisher was the son of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and the younger brother of Carrie Fisher. He offers a frequently hilarious and too often heartbreaking story of life with the women he called my girls.
Looks for new perspectives from political icons-
FASCISM: A WARNING
By Madeleine Albright
The former U.S. secretary of state presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.
Loves learning about the American Revolution-
FOUNDING MARTYR: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DR. JOSEPH WARREN, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION’S LOST HERO
By Christian Di Spigna
Dr. Joseph Warren may be the most influential revolutionary figure you have never heard of. Since he was martyred at Bunker Hill, his essential role in the early colonial rebellion is often forgotten. But here, he is given some of the recognition he rightly deserves.
Wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up-
ROCKET MEN: THE DARING ODYSSEY OF APOLLO 8 AND THE ASTRONAUTS WHO MADE MAN’S FIRST JOURNEY TO THE MOON
By Robert Kurson
Shares the inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission, focusing on the lives of the astronauts involved, while illuminating the political factors that prompted the decision to risk lives to save the Apollo program and define the space race.