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This year, more than any year prior, I’ve had friends tell me that it’s their goal to read more nonfiction. While that’s certainly not a bad thing, as someone who reads mostly nonfiction, it’s hard to contain my excitement when asked. (What do you mean, you don’t want a list of my top 100 nonfiction books?!)

Typically, if I’m not recommending a book based on a specific interest, I turn to nonfiction that made an impact on me, that reads like fiction, or that tells a story wild enough to feel made up. So, I’ve put together a list of 10 books that I think readers of any genre could find interesting or impactful.

1. I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK BY MICHELLE MCNAMARA

Published posthumously after McNamara’s sudden death, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a true crime account of The Golden State Killer. For over ten years, the killer committed over 50 sexual assaults before moving on to perpetrate ten gruesome murders all throughout the state of California. Reading almost like a thriller, this journalistic accomplishment will have you at the edge of your seat. Read More.
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2. STIFF: THE CURIOUS LIVES OF HUMAN CADAVERS BY MARY ROACH

Mary Roach is an expert at bringing interest and hilarity to scientific writing. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to our bodies post-death, this book will bring you answers in ways you won’t expect. Roach lies in a field with decomposing bodies to explore forensic research, interviews medical students about their experiences with cadavers, and attends autopsies and visits museums. If you like this one, be sure to check out others by her such as Packing for Mars or Spook. (Oh, and pro tip: don’t read this one while eating!) Read More.
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3. BLEAKER HOUSE BY NELL STEVENS

When Nell Stevens wins a fellowship to visit any location in the world to pursue the writing of her novel, much to the surprise of her friends and professors, she chooses the Falklands. For three months, she would be the sole inhabitant of Bleaker Island (along with some penguins, of course). This book is the result of that trip. Chapters alternate between travel writing, memoir, and snippets of fiction she worked on while on the island. Totally unique and immersive, this book had me inexplicably planning my own trip to the Falklands. Read More.
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