With so many books being written and published today, it’s not easy to find good options. While fiction offers a new and exciting look at the world, non-fiction books provide us humor, history, and a slice of life that we can all enjoy. To get an idea of the non-fiction books that our readers have deemed worth reading, take a glance at the 10 best non-fiction books of 2015. As an avid reader, you’ll find something to suit almost any style.
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler is probably best known for her work on Saturday Night Live. Amy’s humor carries over into her writing. In this book titled “Yes Please”, Poehler offers a look into her personal life and shares stories of a humorous nature that takes on a variety of topics. People from all stages of life will enjoy the stories centered around love, parenting, and her relationship with fellow comedian Tina Fey. Although compelling and humorous, this book also has a poignant side that will leave you with even greater appreciation of this sparky comedian.
2. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Duggard
O’Reilly teams up with Duggard on this non-fiction book based on the mysterious events surrounding the death of General George S. Patton. While many books in the area of investigative journalism seem to be dry, this one will keep audiences interested throughout it’s 325 pages. If you’re an history enthusiast interested in World War II and General Patton, you’ll be sure to enjoy this exploration into his last days as well as the exploration of the powerful people who may have wanted Patton out of the way.
3. Being Moral by Atul Gawande
End-of-life care is never an easy subject to discuss, but this prominent surgeon tackles the subject with a kindness and directness that few have offered before. In this book, he makes strong arguments about medical practices that work to extend patient’s life while reducing their quality of life. Gawande also adds to this discussion, while tackling the issues that plague people on a daily basis. He also discusses more fulfilling approaches to end of life care. This book makes a great one for introspection about the end of your life and is also a good choice for discussion.
4. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham is probably best know for being the star of the popular show Girls. In this book, be prepared for some uncomfortable moments. Just like in the show, she outlines awkward moments in her life from her coming-of-age stories to embarrassing sexual encounters. You certainly won’t be bored at any point in this novel. However, while sometimes taking an uncomfortable position, Lena’s view on the world along with her ability to work through any situation make this an empowering read.
5. Make It Ahead by Ina Garten
If you’ve watched the Barefoot Contessa’s show, you probably enjoy the simple elegance that she gives from simple to fancy, to all of her meals. Ina (the celebrity chef) shares her insights in this new book which is not entirely a cookbook. While she does share her favorite recipes to make ahead, she also gives meal planning tips for a variety of occasions and valuable advice on how to plan out meals without any anxiety. Perfect for the busy gourmet, you’ll enjoy reading her insights.
6. Small Victories by Anne Lamott
Everyone needs to find a book that inspires them when they’re having a rough time. This book may be the perfect solution if that is what you’re looking for. Lamott’s collection of essays which focus on hope are very powerful at emphasizing this point. While each essay works its way through it’s own theme, the underlying idea is that prevailing over life’s hardships has the power to change your perceptions and transform your life. When you need some inspiration to keep going, turn to these essays. Great as a personal read or a gift for a friend or family member, add this book to your reading list.
7. A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
As the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush certainly had large shoes to fill. Following after his father’s political career, Bush offers audiences a unique and intimate biography of his father. He goes through the elder Bush’s career as an accomplished statesman and discusses how his father played an important role in his own political goals. This look into the unique relationship between fathers and sons makes this book stand out. Even for those who may not be politically minded, it’s still an interesting read.
8. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
We all had those little golden books growing up although you probably never realized that they had an impact on your life. This book can be seen as a guide to life, and for fans of the books combines the lighthearted advice with illustrations from the most popular books in the series. You may be surprised to find out that the books have advice from advising you to enjoy your wedding to informing you that sweatpants are bad for your morale. However, throughout the entire book, you will be surprised by how much you learn from these children’s books.
9. What If? by Randall Munroe
If you’re an adult that still has questions about the universe, then you need to take a look at this book. As creator of the webcomic xkcd, you’ll enjoy the author’s work to research and provide answers to some of life’s most confusing questions. These questions can range from the ridiculous to the sublime (serious), but they’ll probably answer some of the basic questions you had about the universe as well. Science fans will enjoy this book, but even if you’re not a science buff, this book is a great read with engaging answers.
10. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
Innovation is happening all around is, but how do these processes occur? This particular book looks at the history of the people who worked to create the computer and the Internet. Through it’s extensive 528 pages, the author discusses the process of innovation and cites the most essential contributors to the modern age. Ada Lovelace, a programming pioneer, and other notable figures and their achievements are outlined in this fascinating book.
These best non-fiction books offer a little something to every style and taste. If you’re looking for a new book to enjoy, try checking out one of these top options.