Nonfiction that reads like fiction

henriettalacksLike a lot of people I know, I tend to read much more fiction than nonfiction, which is why the article “23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction” caught my eye. I found this article through a link in the bi-weekly newsletter from Shelf Awareness; their newsletters are free and full of bookish things like reviews and links to related articles.

worldwithoutusThe article’s author, Annalee Newitz, provides a “representative sample” of nonfiction science books that “read like genre fiction,” from Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species to more recent titles like Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us (which I highly recommend). Readers discuss Newitz’s choices and suggest more books in the comments; one of the suggestions, The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson, gets my vote too.

poisonershandbookIf you’re usually a fiction reader but think you might be interested in dipping a toe into nonfiction waters, try one of the books on this list. Me? I picked up a copy of The Poisoner’s Handbook, which, coincidentally, is set in the Jazz Age, and will fit in perfectly with Gatsby Month in March. I’ll be reviewing it over on Goodreads when I finish.

Do you have a favorite exciting nonfiction book? Let us know in the comments!

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