10 Nonfiction Books You Won’t Believe Are True

You’ve heard that truth is stranger than fiction, but have you heard that reality is more kickass than fantasy, and nonfiction can righteously destroy science fiction’s behind? Because let me tell you, after you’ve read about these 10 books, you’ll be all too ready to trade in your copy of The Hunger Games!

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. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Don’t let this size of this book fool you: this adaptation of Adichie’s TED Talk (of the same name) is short, but it is mighty. We Should All Be Feminists is a great introduction to feminism and the weight the word carries. Both insightful and personal, Adichie shines a light on institutional structures that create the gender divide while explaining why it is harmful to both women and men. After you fly through this book, if you are looking for more extensive feminist texts. Read More.
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3. 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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