Suggested Non-Fiction

Here’s the reading list from a small book club Marie belongs to.  The only requirement for the group is that a book be non-fiction, so there’s a great mix of topics.  This will be updated on a monthly basis, so be sure to check back often!

Non-Fiction Book Club Reading List

Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy by Malcolm Gaskill

*The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind by Justin Pollard and Howard Reid

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York by Richard Zacks

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones

The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages by Nancy Marie Brown

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo

*The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris

Practicing History: Selected Essays by Barbara Tuchman

1913: The Year Before the Storm  by Florian Illies

*The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder by David Quammen

*So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to Be and Why it Endures by Maureen Corrigan

*Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination by Peter Ackroyd

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger

*Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 by Alan Taylor

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones

*Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life by Betty Hughes

Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic edited by Jerrold E. Hogle (no local holdings)

The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of the American Myth by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard

Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea by Jeff Koehler

*The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes by Zach Dundas

A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong

King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta by Marc Morris

*Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown

*Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

The Monsters and the Critics: and other essays by J.R.R. Tolkien

*Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston

*Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport

The Colony :[The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai] by John Tayman

A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome by Alberto Angela

*Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones

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