Quick (nonfiction) books

To help those who want to make reading a part of their lives but find “big” books daunting, we’ve compiled a list of short nonfiction books. These books may be small in terms of page count, but they contain big ideas. Try one now!

Looking for short novels? Check out this list.

Nonfiction

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (52 pgs)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (152 pgs)

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (159 pages)

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken (184 pages)

Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado (195 pages)

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (205 pages)

Learning to Drive: and other life stories by Katha Pollitt (207 pages)

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan (208 pages)

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (209 pages)

We Learn Nothing: essays and cartoons by Tim Kreider (221 pages)

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (223 pages)

Love Is A Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (224 pages)

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris (228 pages)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (228 pages)

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (242 pages)

Truth & Beauty: a friendship by Ann Patchett (257 pages)

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West (260 pgs)

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (276 pages)

Just Kids by Patti Smith (278 pages)

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson (299 pages)

Looking for even more suggestions? Try these related posts about short stories, funny books, books with great “hooks,” and how to make time for reading in your life:

“No time? No problem” (November 2016)

“How do you read so much?” (May 2014)

“If you’ve never read a book before…” (July 2013)

“Make me laugh” (March 2013)

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