The Best Narrative Nonfiction Books That Read Like Fiction

These narrative nonfiction books that read like fiction will keep you riveted from start to finish!

Narrative nonfiction books turn a true story into a compelling read. There are many history books out there that simply relate the facts, but the best narrative nonfiction books draw you in and don’t let you go. Often, I don’t have a particular interest in the topic, but I know the author specializes in this type of writing. Or, I’ve heard over and over that readers couldn’t put it down.

I remember reading Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand back in high school and being shocked that it was a true story. Years later, I picked up my first Michael Lewis book, Moneyball, because I figured I’d read it before seeing the movie. Little did I know that I’d eventually start collecting his books because I wanted to read every single one.

My list of narrative nonfiction books that read like fiction feature a mix of ones I’ve read and ones on my TBR list. Thankfully, my husband also loves this genre so he has passed along a few recommendations too.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Lewis explores how the second poorest team in baseball won so many games in 2002. The Oakland Athletics lost their three most expensive players at the beginning of the season, but ended up recording a highly unlikely number of wins. The General Manager looked beyond traditional baseball metrics and used numerical analysis to identify the most successful players.

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

After reading Moneyball, I wanted to explore more of Michael Lewis’ collection. That brought me to The Big Short, an in-depth look inside the cause of the 2008 financial crisis. Plus, a look at the few individuals who realized what was happening and bet against the machine.

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Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K Massie

My introduction to narrative nonfiction started long before I even paid much attention to what I was reading. Before I tracked every book, analyzed my stats, and started my book blog, I simply read whatever caught my interest at the time. Nicholas and Alexandra tells the story of the Romanovs in fascinating detail. I was riveted by the royal family and the intriguing factors that led to their demise.

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